Romans 8 : 29 - 39

Romans 8 : 29 – 39 Verse by Verse Bible Teaching

 

 

Romans 8 : 29 – 39  New King James Version (NKJV)*

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.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 

33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 

34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 

36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 

39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Welcome to Calvary Chapel, Newcastle verse by verse study of the book of Romans. For other studies from the book of Romans, go to our series on romans@www.ccn.org.au/Romans. Join us now for this week’s message from Pastor Terry Martens as he teaches from Romans. All right, welcome. It’s good to see you guys. And hopefully you’re seeing me, I’m actually not seeing you. But it’s good to be with you. I hope your weekend last week was great getting together with the people that were able to meet in the homes. And for you that were unable to gather, I hope you had a great week as well and you’re blessed by the text.

In Romans we are going verse by verse through the book of Romans, what a monumental book. What a wonderful message that Paul has given us on the doctrine of salvation and how it’s to be understood, and how we can trust God in every aspect of our life. Today, we’re going to continue by looking at Romans chapter eight, verses 29 through 39. But before we do that, let’s pray.

Lord, we thank you for your word. And we ask that you would use it, to sharpen us, to shape us, to encourage us, to remind us, and ultimately, Lord, to work in our lives so that we glorify you, and that we have a heart of service for you and for your people. And even for those people that live around us who don’t know you may we serve them with a good witness, a good example with refreshing words, and words that declare the truth of your desire to see them come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. And so we commit this time now to you may be pleased with what you hear, you’d be pleased to see in each of our lives. And we also want to commit the rest of this week to God, as we enter into the Monday pulpit, beginning this first day of the week on Sunday by looking at your word, what a treat when an honour and what a privilege to do so we ask this in Jesus name, amen.

All right, we’re looking at Romans chapter eight, verses 29 through 39. We’re going to come to the end of chapter eight before we go in, obviously, to chapter nine. Last week, I finished with a verse, verse 28, which says, and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose. This week, I’m going to read the text and then we’re gonna go verse by verse through it, 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. Moreover, whom he predestined, these he also called whom he called, these he also justified in whom He justified, these he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things, if God is for us, who can be against us? He did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. How shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Verse 33, who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? Is it God who just or is it is God who justifies? Who is He Who condemns? It is Christ who died and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God who also makes intercession for us, who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution, or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? As it is written? For your sake, we are killed all day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter he had and all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Firms persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, or things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

That’s the text we’re going to be looking at today. There’s a lot in it. I’d love to spend much more time in it. And I certainly could do so. And so could you spend more time studying this text, but we’re gonna give the next 45 – 50 minutes of study to this specific passage of scripture that I’ve just written, written or read, and it’s a message that I’ve titled, The amazing sovereignty and love of God. We’re going to be given with verses 29 and 30, which focus on the sovereignty of God, His knowledge of all things that he is in control of all things. As we trace Paul’s, or as we trace Paul as he looks at God’s programme, designed to bring many to glory. Let’s read verse 29, and 30. And then we’ll take a closer look at these two verses.

Before we move on. It says in verse 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. Moreover, whom he predestined, these he also called whom he called these he also justified, and who justified, these he also glorified. This is an amazing text on the sovereignty of God, His supreme and authority over everything that exists. God’s authority, God’s sovereignty, that he knows all things concerning human beings saved and unsaved, specifically for us as believers, that He’s outside of time, but He’s also inside the time continuum, that He’s working in the lives of his people, and that He will glorify those that are His, that is the reality of God’s sovereignty, as we worship Him, as God. And I hope you’re blessed by these verses, even as those who have gone in generations past have been blessed by these verses of Paul the Apostle in Romans chapter eight.

He begins in verse 29, a by saying this, whom he for knew whom God knew from time past, even from time past eternally, who would be born and those who had been born would be born again. I love what the Psalmist said, when he was considering the ways of God. And he just said, such knowledge is too wonderful for me, how can I really appreciate it? I can’t fully understand and I can’t fully appreciate the fact that God has known you as a believer in Christ, from all time and eternity past. It is awesome, is wonderful. And yet that is the truth of God’s capacity to know all things, therefore making him our sovereign God.

Next in verses 29b worried for whom he foreknew in 29b he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son. Listen to this, the ungodly sinners should one day be transformed that the ungodly sinners should one day be transformed into the image of Christ, by a miracle of grace is one of the most astounding truths of divine revelation. The point is not of course, that we will ever have the attributes of deity, or even that we will have Christ’s facial resemblance that we would look like him, but that we will be morally like him absolutely free from sin, and will have glorified bodies like his What a wonderful promise that gives us in Scripture. Paul talks about it in Second Corinthians chapter five, when he says this mortal must put on immortality and this corruption must put on incorruption he’s talking about the resurrection, the glory, the resurrection that Jesus experienced, is the one that will experience.

And it is truly a doctrine that encouraged Paul the Apostle even as it should encourage you, and it certainly encourages me in 29c, in that day of glory, he will be the firstborn among many brethren, talking about God being the force born among many brethren, what does that word forsworn really mean? Well, it means that he’s first in rank, and in honour, he’s first in rank, and in honour, he will not be one among equals, but the one who has a supreme place of honour among his brothers and sisters. So even if we’re glorified in heaven, as we will be and is promised, Jesus will be glorified, you will be glorified, I’ll be glorified. But there will also be something unique and special about Christ alone, that he will always be God and we won’t be God, yet glorified, to the glory of God. He will walk among us as brothers, and he will walk among us as sisters in Christ as the people of God, and He will be the special one in whom we praise forever, he will be the firstborn, the preeminent one, the first and ranking honour among many brother and I like that. There’s going to be a whole lot of us there in heaven. In fact, multitudes is what the Bible describes, as far as the attendance of heaven. There will be millions and millions of people just like you who have been saved by grace and are worshipping the Christ, the creator of all things, the creator of the material, and the immaterial world knowledge as the spiritual realm, and then he’ll give us a new creation, a new heaven and a new earth, which will be palatable that we’ll be able to touch and feel.

And they’ll also be that harmonisation of the spiritual reality, the fellowship, the dialogue with the Holy Spirit, the dialogue with the Trinity, and each other, of course, we will have this wonderful truth of Christ walking with the many brethren in that promised hope that we have. And Paul certainly had that hope, in the midst of much suffering. We will have much suffering in this world. In fact, whoever desires to live godly, will suffer. And then in our suffering, we can rejoice because we suffer as Christ suffered, we suffer as Paul suffered, we suffered as Moses suffered. And we will be able to come together into an environment without suffering and rejoice at the liberty of Jesus Christ for each of us as individuals, and corporately as the church worldwide throughout the dispensations of time.

Let’s look at verse 30. Moreover, who made predestined, these he also called whom he called, these he also justified and whom He justified, these he also glorified. He begins with the word predestined, he predestined, God predestined, he established. Everyone who was predestined in eternity is called in time, he knew you, before you ever knew him. He knew that you would accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he graciously came to you accepted it, and you became a child of God. In other words, they’re not only hearers of the gospel, but they You and I were responders of the message of hope that we admit our sin, and we take that sin to Christ, and Christ eats it, he takes it he nails it to the cross, and it is gone forever. That is the truth of redemption. It’s what’s known as an effectual call, an effectual call, I think it was William McDonald, who wrote, all are called, that’s the general yet also valid call of God all are called, but only a few respond. And that’s the effectual conversion producing call of God. Well said William McDonald.

Next, whom he called these, he also justified, those who confess their sin, He forgave and justified just as if they had never sin. justification is a declaration from the courtroom of heaven, that you no longer wear the guilt or the burden of your sin which has eternal consequences, you’ve forgiven them. And in Christ, your hope is glory, you are close with righteousness, the righteousness of God through the merits of Christ, and thereby fit for the presence of God. How comforting is that? Third, in verse 30c, whom He justified, these he also glorified, these he also glorified. And actually, we’re not glorified yet are we? I certainly don’t feel glorified. I know my spirit has been made alive. I’m being renewed in my mind day by day, but my body is going backwards due to entropy, and due to the curse of the original sin, that you will die.

But the resurrection takes care of that, that promise that we will receive a complete redemption is yet to be had. And it’s the hope that I have and it’s the hope that you have again, quoting William MacDonald, he said this, this is one of the strongest passages in the New Testament on the eternal security of the believer. For every million people who have foreknown and or who are foreknown and predestined by God, every one of that million will be called justified, glorified, and not one will be missing. Oh, that’s comforting to know that I will always be a child of God, I hope that comforts you. 

It should really comfort you that you are in the father’s hands. And the saving work of Christ is completely merited in his capacity to not just save you, but to keep you as well. Again, let’s look at these majestic verses or read them again, 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. Moreover, whom he predestined, these he also called whom he called, these he also justified, and whom He justified, these he also glorified. Now, as we move along, from these two verses, let’s look at the love of God concerning this amazing two verses that we’ve just read. In verse 31, we begin with the love and loyalty of God. What then, shall we say of these things? What’s he talking about? Well, of this fact that you’ve been called, you’ve been four known and you’ve been predestined to know Christ.

What shall we say of these things? Paul asks, in verse 31, he’s provoking us to thought by asking a series of questions. What shall we say of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? What a radical statement, if you remember what we just read in verses 29 and 30, the conclusion is inevitable. It’s inevitable, if God is for us, that means that omnipotence, that supreme power is on our side, supreme power is on our side, a lesser power cannot hold a candle against supreme power, no lesser power can defeat his programme, if God is for us, who can be against us? Well, logic concludes that nobody, nothing spiritual, nothing human can be against us, if God is for us. Now draw your attention to verse 32. He did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. How shall he not with him also freely give us all things again, some more incredible words.

Never let your familiarity with them, lead you to a doubling in your appreciation of that glory, the glory of God and going to the cross or lessen their power to inspire you to worship. When a world of lost mankind needed to be saved by a sinless sub, the great God of the universe did not hold back his hearts best treasure, but gave him over to a death of shame and loss on our behalf. Oh, he did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. How shall he not with him also freely give us all things? The logic that flows is incredible here. If God has already given us the greatest gift, salvation, is there any lesser gift that he will withhold from us? Absolutely not. If it’s for the glory of God, and for our best, our spiritual best, what is it that will encourage us to glorify God and serve the people that God has put in our lives? He will not withhold anything good for us in that way. How shall he not with him also, freely give us all things? Macintosh said this, the language of unbelief is, how shall he? Whereas the language of faith is how shall he not? That’s from Macintosh. He will give us what we need for the life of godliness, and not our carnal appetites. Moving on into verse 33, who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? Again, he’s using questioning, to provoke us to think about how secure we really are in the love of God. He’s provoking us to think with rhetorical questions, who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? Its God who justifies. Not anyone else, not anything else. No system, no religion, no church structure. Nothing can justify but Christ alone and Paul is bringing us to this courtroom of heaven. So that we see that nothing can come against us since Christ is for us and is our advocate that we are saved. We are his and the acquitted stands before the bench and he basically crisis. Are there any accusers in the in the courtroom? Are there anybody here that is there anybody here that can bring a charge against me? This is absolutely not How could there be because Cuz it’s God, who is for us. And if God is for us who can be against us, even we can’t be against ourselves. If we are legitimately in Christ, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Next in verse 34, another challenge rings out, who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore, is also risen. Who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Is there anyone here who can condemn you? Is there anyone here who can condemn me? That’s what Paul is crying out in his statement here? No one can is the answer, no one can. Because Christ has died for the defendant. He has been raised from the dead, it says in the text, and now is sitting at the right hand of God doing what? interceding on our behalf. He is dialoguing within the Trinity to make sure that we are cared for that their attention is wholly on us to see our sanctification through our witness established, and people coming to the knowledge of Him through our mouths and our lives. Those whom he for knew in the past will become a reality as they make a decision to serve Christ with their whole heart through the messenger, which is you and I, through the proclamation of Scripture and the content of what the Bible declares, is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Who is he who condemns? No one can condemn you. No one can condemn me. Because God is for me, He died for me. He rose for me. And he’s sitting at the right hand of the Father for me interceding for me. And of course, for you, for those who are his, who is he who condemns? No one, no one has the capacity to bring a charge against the brother, Satan will try. After all, isn’t he described as the accuser of the brethren. He is the accuser of the brethren, he’s always been that way, he’s always function that way. And he might even convince you that you are not worthy to enter into heaven, because of what you’ve done, or, or maybe what you did, or what you’re thinking about doing. But the Holy Spirit is greater in you than he is in the world. And when you come into those, those sorts of thoughts, and when you’re tempted to deny that God loves you, or that he’s for you, you need to grab your Bible, and start reading through the book of Romans. You need to start reading the book of Romans. And you might have to read it several times before you come to the reality that God loves you and you are his he for knew you, before anything was ever created. Before you were a twinkle in your father’s eye, he knew you. So find security, find comfort in that, that you are in his family, and that will establish your mind and will allow the establishing of your mind to exercise righteousness, even as the father is so the sons desire to be.  No one can condemn you. Paul knew what was up and he’s passing it on to the church.

Go Paul, and he keeps going in verse 35. Where faith really flings a final challenge, still in the courtroom, who can banish the justified from the love of Christ? It reads this way who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Again, who, let’s be honest, who do you know, as the King of heaven and earth, Jesus Christ, God, the Creator of all things in heaven and on earth. He loves you now, who shall separate you? Paul says us because he includes himself in the church, the the gathering of the redeemed, who shall separate us from the love of Christ. Okay, well, Satan can’t. What about things like tribulation hard times? In fact, that’s where he goes, right? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine or nakedness? Or peril or sword? Can they separate you for the love of Christ. I don’t think so. In fact, I know they can’t. All scratching for anything that’s out there that could possibly separate him as an apostle of Jesus Christ, from the love of Christ. He scratched him for anything that could separate Timothy from the fellowship that he had with Paul and the fellowship that Timothy had with God. He scratching for anything that might separate you from the love of Jesus Christ, but none can be found.

Let me read this to you. Not the threshing flail of tribulation, with its steady pounding of distress and affliction, nor the monster of anguish, bringing extreme pain to mind and body, nor the brutality of persecution, inflicting suffering and death on those who dare to differ. Nor can the gone spectre of famine, denying, racking and wasting down to the skeleton, nor can nakedness with all its means, in the way of privation, exposure and defencelessness, nor can peril, the threat of imminent and awful danger. And nor can the sword, cold, hard, and death dealing can separate us from the love of God. And this is written from a man who experienced tremendous tribulation, and suffering, in ostracization from being kicked out of certain sects from being pulled out of social circles, from finding his peers far and few between, from a guy that would go into the synagogue and preach the gospel and would be flogged for it from a guy that was beaten by the Romans, from a guy that was lonely many times in his life, from a guy that travelled continually from a guy that didn’t have the blessings that we have living here. And if he can say this, how can we dare say that anything else could separate us from the love of God?

Do you think Satan wreak havoc in his mind? I think often, the devil would have tempted Paul to think, Oh, well, God really doesn’t love me. Because after all, I’ve given my life to Him, and my life just goes from bad to worse. Not only that is there’s division within the churches that I’ve planted. And, and there’s people that are slandering and backbiting me and, and my loved ones. And, and often I’m without money, and often I find myself in pain, and I find myself in prison. And surely What is this Christian thing? What what’s going on God. But the truth is, is that he knew God. He knew God. He knew him personally. And in the midst of this tremendous suffering, I believe was birth, a tremendous apologetic of the love and the conviction that Paul had for a God that always reminded him that he was his. He was his. And God loved Paul, and he loves us. And so never give in to the doubts of God’s love for you. He is for you. He is not against you. He went to Calvary for you. And he walks with you in your new life in the Spirit. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Take a look at verse 36. The Apostle quotes the Old Testament when he says, As it is written, for your sake, we are killed all day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter, for your sake, is the quote, for your sake. For God’s sake, we are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. In other words, we shouldn’t be surprised when we as Christians suffer for our faith. When we suffer in the midst of temptation, when we battle in our mind concerning right and wrong, and what we should do and what we shouldn’t do. It’s a form of suffering. And we suffer to the glory of God. Before Paul even wrote this epistle. God was faithful to his people who had suffered over the centuries, whether the suffering came from Gentiles, those who are non Jews, and from those who were Jewish, listen to what the writer of Hebrews had to say. In chapter 11. Verses 36 through 38. They experienced markings and scourging. Yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned. They were sawn into They were tempted. They were put to death with the sword. They went about in sheepskins. In goat skins being destitute, afflicted, ill treated men of whom the world was not worthy. wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.

Suffering is not a new reality for us.  It is a very old reality. For many who have chosen the narrow path, the path less travelled. Again, in the midst of suffering, use it to strengthen your composure. Use it to strengthen your faith, use it to build your faith, that which the devil in the world and all that is against us, uses to destroy our faith, use it to strengthen your faith. And may God be glorified in it. And he indeed, will be the cost of faithfulness to God has always been high. In Matthew 10, Jesus declared, he loves father, mother more than me is not worthy of me. And he loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. And he has found his life shall lose it. And he who has lost his life, for my sake, shall find it. And Paul writing to Timothy and second Timothy, chapter three, verse twelve, some of the very last words of Paul the Apostle before he was executed, he said to Timothy, indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Now, can persecution separate us from the love of God? No, it can’t. Paul’s made that clear to us in Scripture. Now, if a professing Christian turns his back on the things of God, what do you do then? Well, I believe they prove that they never belong to Christ in the first place.

Often, I’ve been to youth rallies or to, you know, rallies or meetings where there’s been an evangelist, and there’s almost a pressure to raise the hand. And in cases, I’ve wondered, I’ve wondered what’s happened to the person that’s raised their hand, they’re not in fellowship anywhere, they, they’re not seeking the things of the Lord. They’re not reading the Word that they it’s as if they put their hand up out of peer pressure to impress the person that invited them. Or maybe they were moved emotionally through the music, and through the charismatic preaching or the colourful story that was shared. And yet, the whole reason for all of that was missed because of the entertainment that preceded it. I don’t know I can’t judge that. Why did they raise their hand and then as soon as they put it down, and they walked out of the auditorium, they went on living the way that they always had. God knows when fruit will be born. God knows when that seed will kindle. But at the same time, there are those who will make a profession, but it’s not legitimate.

And Jesus addresses that, in the parable of the soils.  They haven’t lost their salvation. They never received it. About such nominal Christians, John, the apostle in first John chapter 2, verse 19, says this, they went out from us, but they were not really of us. For if they had been of us, they would have remained with us. But they went out in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us. Only the true believer perseveres, not because he is strong in himself, but because he has the power of God’s indwelling Spirit. his perseverance does not keep his salvation safe, but proves that his salvation is safe.

I love verse 37. Follow along with me in your Bibles. Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him, who loved us. Instead of separating us from the love of Christ, these things in verses 35 and 36 only draw us closer to Christ. We’re not only conquerors, we’re more than conquerors Paul tells us. We’re able to bring glory to God. We’re able to bless other people, and in the process, we’re able to bring good upon ourselves, not in our strength, but in God’s strength through the Holy Spirit, only the power of Christ can bring sweetness out of bitterness. That’s only the power of Christ, to be able to bring sweetness out of bitterness, and we’ve all experienced it in one way or another.

You know what I’m talking about. God can make something bitter, sweet. Strength out of weakness and triumphant, a tragedy and blessing out of heartbreak. Only our God can do that. Not only did he save us, but he gives us a rich life of service, to obviously God, and to those people that he puts around us throughout our lifetime. And finally, in verses 38 and 39, I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present or things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

It’s like Paul hasn’t finished his search. He just goes on and he goes on into every sort of sphere. He ransacks the universe to see if there’s anything conceivable that could separate him from the love of Christ. And there is nothing. He says, death can’t, life can’t. Angels can’t principalities and powers and demonic realms can’t. In heavenly realms can’t. Whether it’s things present or things to come, they can’t separate us from the love of God, whether you’re at the Moon or Mars, or whether you are in Antarctica, that can’t separate you from the love of God. Nothing created no animal, nothing can create separate you from the love of God, which is found in Jesus Christ, our Lord, he debunks them one by one death, with all of its tears, life with all of its allurements angels and principalities, supernatural in their knowledge and power, powers, whether human tyrants or angelic adversaries, things present crashing upon us, you know what that’s like, things to come arousing fearful forebodings, height, nor depth, those things that are in the realm of dimension or space, including occultic forces, they cannot separate you from the love of God, than to make sure that he’s not missing anything, Paul adds, nor any other created thing, just in case I missed something.

Nothing created, has the possible or that possibility of separating you from the love of God who just can’t find anything? No one of these words of triumph have been the song of those who have died, martyrs deaths, and the rhapsody of those who have lived martyrs lives. Keep going, guys, be reminded of the love of God today, be reminded that you are his you’re in his hand, and he keeps you firmly. Don’t give into the temptation that the devil wants to put in your mind. Don’t look at your failings and your shortcomings. And think that you’ve done something to separate you from the love of God. Your faith is genuine. You believe in God, you trust in God, you trust them on day one. trust them today, continue to trust them. You know, you have a conscience that God is supreme that he is good, that Christ died on the cross for years and that he rose again for your sin. And he’s also seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven interceding for you. Don’t forget that ever. And as you’re reminded of it daily, you will go on to please the Lord and you’ll have peace within your own mind, in your own soul that you are a child of God celebrate that today.

Let’s pray. Lord, we thank you so much for your word and the reminder of your love for us. For those who have listened and are struggling with whether or not God Loves Me, me as a failing human as an individual who screws up constantly. Lord, remind them encourage them that though they may be weak, you will not snuff out a bruised reed You are there. You are gentle and you are kind. You are the perfect person to come alongside any one of us and remind us that we are loved that we are cared for. Do we need correcting at time? Sure. Do we need discipline at times often. But God, your ministry of encouragement to us, is truly Supreme. The way that you encourage me, the way that you encourage us, is what we need daily. So that we can fight the good fight of faith and know that you walk with us in the fire. And life is full of a lot of fire. But we have that hope. We have that sure hope that when this world passes away, you will have us in glory with you. And all of the promises that that holds are right before us. And now encourage us build us up so that this week, we know that we can go boldly into any lions den, we can go into any fiery furnace, and we will have the comfort of God with us knowing that we are a child of God. We’ve been saved we’ve been redeemed, and we are being kept for that day of glory. And we pray this all in the name of Jesus.

Amen. God bless you guys.

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