An Alphabetical Analysis
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Old Testament anticipation.
a  Nine phases of unseen trials.
Any other creature.
Let us rejoice in the triumph of the believer in this passage as he
goes from strength to strength.  He begins with the great fundamental fact
that 'God is for us', and asks, 'Who can be against us?'  The question is
unanswerable.  It goes echoing down the vaults of time to lose itself in
infinity, without finding anyone able to take up the challenge.
And then -- 'God has justified us'.  Here the believer presses forward
into the light of holiness.  Though a sinner, he can dare all in the
consciousness of his acceptance in the Beloved.  Who can lay anything to his
charge?  'We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us'.  His death,
His resurrection, His present place at the right hand of God (He displaces
the Accuser -- See Zech. 3:1), His intercession, are all 'for us'.  With such
a Saviour, what can tribulation, or distress, or persecution accomplish?
They cannot separate us from the love of Christ.  In the teeth of all
opposition, and in the very midst of the trials themselves, we are more than
And what of foes that are unseen and unknown?  The apostle scales the
heights, and plumbs the depths, not
only of present human experience, as in verse 35, but of
all possible experience, present and future, visible and invisible, known and
unknown belonging to this creation, or to any other creation, and with
magnificent confidence utters the triumphant, 'I am persuaded' with which the
chapter closes.
The Challenge
It must now be our task to descend from this mountain top, in order
that we may the more clearly understand the language of the apostle, and so
more truly enter into these riches of grace.  Let us first look at the
opening challenge:
'If God be For Us, who can be Against Us?'
The word 'for' here is huper, and 'against', kata.  The two
prepositions are used in a similar way in 2 Corinthians 13:8: 'For we can do
nothing against the truth, but for the truth'.
So also in Luke 9:50: 'He that is not against us is for us'.
If anyone should ask, 'in what way has it been demonstrated that God is
for us?' the apostle refers back, in the words, 'these things' to the whole
chapter, and particularly to verses 29 and 30.  In His foreknowledge, His
predestination, His call, and His justification, He is most certainly 'for
us'.  To clinch the matter, however, Paul adds one all -powerful argument:
'He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how
shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?' (Rom. 8:32).
The word translated 'to spare' (pheidomai) is used in the LXX in
connection with Abraham: 'Thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son'
(Gen. 22:16).  The Hebrew word chasak, here translated 'withhold' is rendered