Chapter 47 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8.31).
Hawkins begins this chapter by reminding us that “a text without a context becomes simply a pretext, or presumption.” So let’s take a closer look at the context so we can properly understand what Paul means when he asks this week’s question.
Let’s first look at all of verse 31 in its entirety:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
In Romans 8: 31 the question, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” is preceded by the question, “What then shall we say to these things?” Thus, before we can accurately answer the question of our chapter, we must address what “these things” are that Paul mentions.
What things is he referring to? Romans 8.28-30:
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Then the apostle asked, “What then shall we say to these things?”— to these amazing truths? And he answered with another question: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” The obvious answer? It doesn’t matter who may be against us when almighty God Himself is for us, for He is always at work watching over us and providing for us.
The author calls verse 28 “the family secret.” The secret is that God is always watching over us. When others try to hurt us, we know the secret. When circumstances seemed stacked against us, we know the secret. As Hawkins says:
Only those who love Him can unlock this truth. It’s a family secret.
Things to remember:
First the family secret is constructive, He’s working everything for our good. Though we can’t always see the good at the time, we can often look back and see God’s purpose and that it was good.
But that’s not all we should remember about this passage: Continue reading