An Alphabetical Analysis
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justifieth'.  The word engkaleo, 'lay to the charge', occurs seven times in
the New Testament, six references occurring in the Acts in connection with
Paul, and the seventh in the passage under consideration in Romans.  The
references in the Acts are as follows: 19:38,40; 23:28,29; 26:2,7.  The word
has a reference to a court of law, and is rendered 'accuse', 'call in
question' and 'implead'.
The apostle next approaches the subject of the believer's security from
another angle: 'Who is he that condemneth?' (Rom. 8:34).  Again, his answer
is complete and conclusive.  Our attention is turned from 'God that
justifies' to the ground of that justification which He Himself has laid.
'Christ that died' -- it is this that puts away our sins; we are justified by
His blood, and reconciled by His death (Rom. 5:9,10).  'Yea, rather', the
apostle continues (or 'still more', an echo of the 'much more' of Rom. 5:9,15
and 17), 'that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also
maketh intercession for us'.  Here it will be observed that Paul brings
forward the finished Work of Christ.  Not His death only, but also His
resurrection; not His resurrection only, but also His ascension to the right
hand of God; not His ascension only, but also His present intercession.  To
understand the importance of this last fact, we must remember the words of
Romans 5:10, 'saved by His life'.
'Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto
God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them' (Heb.
What strong consolation is ministered by these gracious words!
Experimental Proof
The apostle now leaves the court of law, having settled once and for
all the perfect standing of the believer before the Lord, and turns to the
present circumstances of life.  With these circumstances in view he asks:
'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?' (Rom. 8:35).  It is evident
from Scripture, the experience of the apostles themselves, and the universal
experience of all the children of God in all dispensations, that perfect
acceptance with God does not bring with it immunity from suffering in this
life.  Indeed, Romans 5:1 -5 has already assured us that the justified may
boast in tribulations because of their perfecting work.  In Romans 8:35 the
apostle enumerates seven items: 'tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword'.  And to enforce his argument, he
appeals to the recorded experience of the Old Testament saints:
'As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are
accounted as sheep for the slaughter' (Rom. 8:36).
Could any quotation from the Old Testament appear less likely to afford
comfort and strength?  Yet Paul does not hesitate to use it.  It is not an
act of faith to shut one's eyes to trouble and suffering.  The apostle has
written lists of his perils and sufferings, but he was never in danger of
being separated from the love of Christ.  That is the issue, not exemption
from trial:
'Nay, In All These Things (not exempt from them) we are super -
conquerors (hupernikomen) through Him that loved us' (Rom. 8:37).