"If God is for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:31 If you are attending church in a semi regular fashion then I would bet that you have been found singing along with thousands of people around the world the new song "Our God" that was written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves. The lyrics are:
Water, You turned into wine Opened the eyes of the blind There's no one like You None like You
Into the darkness, You shine Out of the ashes we rise There's no one like You None like You
Our God is greater Our God is stronger God, You are higher than any other Our God is healer Awesome in power Our God, our God
And if our God is for us Then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us Then what could stand against?
"Yes, yes! I remember this song. This is the song where I wanted to pump my fist in the air and shout those last four lines
And if our God is for us Then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us Then what could stand against?"
If thats what you find yourself currently thinking then, you are not alone. I have already sung this song with hundreds of people what seems like hundreds of times but still, each and every time I find myself wanting to do just that.
What is it about the bridge of this song that is taken from the Romans 8:31 verse that makes me so excited?
There are two types of enemies that I think about that I have. Enemies from the outside, someone attacking me physically or emotionally(verbally, visually, etc.) and the enemy I have inside, sin and it's corrosive effects. The Apostle Paul is making a statement addressing both of these enemies.
#1 He is making the obvious statement that "If God is for us," meaning He is standing alongside of us so that my enemies are His enemies. When someone attacks me, then He is also being attacked and supplies protection and vindication like He promised in Isaiah 54:17:
But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
#2 He is giving word references to someone being on trial. In his book "The Gospel According To Paul: Romans," Paul Utley talks about how in the three verses of Romans 8:31-34, Paul, is using legal terminology like "against," "a charge," "justifies," "condemns," and "intercedes." Also Utley notes that the "who" in verses 31-35 refers to Satan. I quickly find myself being reminded of that tract that was passed around when I was young that was called "This Was Your Life." I remember the tract being about a man who died and was lead before God and a huge movie screen where his life and all the things he did in it, good or bad, played out before him. This man was then so ashamed of the life he had lived and realized his need for Christ to remove his guilt. I remember the fear and guilt that took hold of me as a child at the thought of my sin being displayed for all to see. I can't imagine what I would've thought if I had also believed that Satan might stand in as my accuser. But, here in Roman's, Paul gives us hope. Although Satan wants to accuse and he wants my sin to tear me apart, God is standing as my defender. God who has no flaw in His arguments. God who justifies us.
Justify- to prove or show to be just right or reasonable. To regard or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation.
Yaaaaaaa! This has me wanting to stand and pump my fist shouting
If God is for ME, who can be against ME?!?!
Maybe I will...sorry neighbors. (This is my newest blog in a weekly series where I share my thoughts behind some of my favorite scriptures out of the bible. If you want to see why I've started this weekly undertaking you can go back and read my blog called "Pirates And Their Knots...")