Romans 8:31-39

“What shall we say of these things? If God is for us, who is against us?….”

What are these things?

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

What shall we say of these things?

“If God is for us, who is against us?”

For whom is God for?

“us”

How is God for “us”?

He “causes all things to work together for good…He foreknew, He also predestined…called…justified…glorified.”

Anything else?

He did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for “us all”

How did God not spare His own Son?

He “delivered Him over for us all”

What does that mean?

The Crucifixion, obviously.

The Son was crucified for “us”?

Yes.

The Son was crucified for “us all”?

Yes.

Who is the “us”?

The ones whom God freely gives all things.

Can anyone be against “us”?

No.

Why?

“God is for us”

What does this mean?

It means that all for whom the Son was given, the Father freely gives all things.

Can anyone bring a charge against “us”?

No.

Why?

God is the one who justifies.

God justifies “us all”?

Yes.

So, God justifies everyone?

No.

Why?

Because the ones God justifies are are the ones whom the Son was delivered over for.

But wasn’t he delivered over for “us all”?

Yes.

How can “us all” not mean everyone?

It means all of “us”. And “us” is everyone the son is given for.

Who does God justify?

All of His elect.

Who are they?

All for whom He did not spare His Son, but delivered Him over for.

How does He justify?

Freely.

How do you know?

“How will he not also freely with him give us all things.”

Is there anyone who condemns?

No.

Why?

“Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”

For whom did Christ die?

All of God’s elect.

For whom did Christ rise?

All of God’s elect.

For whom is Christ at the right hand of God?

All of God’s elect.

For whom does Christ intercede?

All of God’s elect.

How does he do all these things?

Freely.

What is another name for all these things?

“the love of Christ”

Does Christ love everyone the same?

No.

How do you know?

Because no one can separate us from the love of Christ.

But doesn’t that mean everyone can’t be separated from that love?

No. It means “us all” can’t be separated from that love.

What love is this?

Christ dying, rising, interceding.

Can Christ die for us, and not intercede for us?

No.

Can this love ever fail?

No.

Why?

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

What does this mean?

It means Jesus died only for God’s elect.

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Objection.

Does that mean we can’t tell everyone that If they believe they will be saved?

No.

Why?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Begotten Son, SO THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES will not perish but have eternal life.”

Doesn’t that mean Jesus died for everyone?

No.

Why?

The passage teaches that because the Son was given by the father, anyone who believes will not perish but have eternal life. It does not tell us anymore than that.

So anyone who believes will not perish?

Yes.

Anyone?

Yes.

Jesus will intercede for anyone who believes?

Yes.

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