Having spoken at length in the great salvation chapter, Romans 8, about the wonders of God’s salvation, it is as if Paul is compelled in verse 31 to ask the question, “What shall we then say to these to these things?” He begins to answer with another question in the second part of the verse: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Who indeed! There are in fact in this world, many against us. Some of these burn with hatred against God and the Bible, and all that pertains to Him, including His people. So what Paul is saying is not that there will be no one against us, but he is highlighting the utter folly of being against God. Indeed it is more than just folly, it is utterly illogical; it makes no sense. It is the position of those whom Paul describes in Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”. However, it is not our place to condemn them, but to pity them and to pray for them, because we ourselves were by nature enemies of God, before God graciously opened our understanding and our hearts to receive the truth.
However, Paul in this passage in Romans 8, is not majoring on the opponents of the christian, he just mentions the futility of being an enemy of the people of God: futile because God is ‘for’ them. That is our unchangeably happy state. We are RightWithGod, and He is on our side. When opposition comes, rather than feel sorry for ourselves, we should feel sorry for those who oppose, and even persecute us. Pity and prayer should be our reaction: prayer that they would experience for themselves the love of God as it shines forth in Jesus Christ.
In verse 32 that love is brilliantly expressed. God’s love for His people surpasses understanding. It was such that He did not hold back His own beloved and only-begotten Son in order to save us from an eternal hell. Note, ‘He spared not His own Son’. When that Son was on the cross, God did not say, ‘seeing this is my Son whom I greatly love, I will not demand the full punishment for the sins of my people, I will be satisfied with less’. If He had done that we could never be justified in God’s own sight. Our sins would be only partially paid for. God’s own justice would not be satisfied. His own perfect righteousness would not be upheld. Heaven would not be a possibility (Revelation 21:27 “There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie.).
God’s love for us is such that, far from sparing Him, He “delivered Him up for us all”. He poured His wrath upon Him until His wrath was spent. There was no more wrath remaining for us. That was when, on the cross, Christ uttered the words “it is finished”, and freely surrendered His life.
Our situation now is that God’s love continues from day to day in His goodness towards us. It is as if Paul is suggesting in the last part of verse 32 that it is unthinkable that God’s love for us in Christ would not continue beyond our salvation: “how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things”. The important words are the small phrase, “with Him”. This says so much. God in His love for us freely gives us all things from day to day, only if we have Christ; and for us who have trusted in Christ as Saviour and Lord, God will give all things and give them freely. There is no other channel of blessing for us from God except through Christ.