Posted April 27, 2015
 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
As Paul proceeds from the golden chain of salvation in verses 29-30, he asks us three questions:
What Then Shall We Say?
What then do we say to “these things” which are the truths we just saw in the verses prior? Doctrine must be responded to! It should never simply be information gathered, collected, and stored away in a theological silo distant from our every day lives but rather responded to and applied through and through. If it’s true that God is working all things for our good, and His saving work is like an unbreakable golden chain, what shall we say? How shall we live in response?
If God Is For Us?
If it is true that the God of the universe is resoundingly “for” us (He foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified us), then who possibly could be against us? So strong is His saving work that nothing or no one could come against it! Yes, Satan and his minions will take their swings, and the sparkly world will invite us to join its enticing songs, and our lingering flesh will be prone to wander, but ultimately God’s purposes will win the day.
How Will He Not Give Us All Things?
Still not sinking in? Need proof of how “for you” God really is? Lift your eyes to the hill of Calvary on which the Son of God was given up for our sins! If God did not spare His own Son, then it logically follows that He will not stop mid-course but will complete His redemptive work on the earth… Our heavenly Father is neither weak nor stingy! Every spiritual blessing is our in Christ, not just a couple (Ephesians 1). Every thing necessary for our salvation will be graciously given. Note that they are given graciously, or in grace. We don’t earn them, or have to prove ourselves, but God simply gives out of His overflow and love! This grace both humbles us for we did not earn an ounce of what God gives, and it increases our gratitude for who God is for us in Christ.
Song by Emery & Chris Clark.
Artwork by Joel Schierloh.