At the end of Romans 8 (from verse 35 to 39) we read a great long list of things that cannot separate us from the love of God.
The list is not exhaustive but what it is really saying is that there is nothing that can separate us from His love, He loves us and that is the end of the matter.
That love was there from the beginning of time and will be there for eternity.
There are a couple of things not in the list however that fascinates me, given the amount of time and man-hours spent exploring this in the church.
I am talking about our past and about sin; things that Paul thinks do not even merit a place in his list.
Sin is not an issue as Jesus has paid for all sin once and for all (1 John 2 v 2 and Hebrews chapters 9 and 10).
Our sin and iniquity no longer concern God, He has chosen to remember them no more (Hebrews 10 v 17).
Yet we are asked (and this has happened to me) to drag up old sins from the past, ask for forgiveness and repent.
Allegedly, doing this will allow God to come back into relationship with me, turning His face toward me again.
This doctrine implies that He has turned away and moved from relationship with me because of my sin; that is simply not true, as I’ve said already Jesus dealt with all my sin on the cross and it is no longer a barrier for relationship with God.
Yes, I agree that there may be some things in the past that we require to renew our mind about and change, but whatever it is it cannot separate us from the love of God; whatever it is it will not result in God “revoking” our relationship with Him.
If anyone tries to tell you that, tell them it is a lie and gently point them towards Hebrews chapters 9 and 10 and Romans chapter 8.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that nothing can separate me from your love”.
Romans 8 v 38 and 39…..For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, whish is in Christ Jesus our Lord