Exegesis Of Romans 8.29 39 Essay

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NEW TESTAMENT LETTERSROMANSMB637GEORGE WIELANDASSESSMENT 2EXEGESISROMANS 8:28-39DUE DATE: 03.10.03(EXTENSION: 11.10.03)WORD COUNT: 2485JARROD ANGOVEjaviandjess@value.net.nzRomans 8:28-3928"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, 'For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.' 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."The Lion Handbook to the Bible describes Romans as a book whose "impact and influence...is immeasurable." The aforementioned text certainly satisfies this lofty appraisal; and as the apostle continues his main theological address, we catch a greater glimpse of salvation history as Paul explains his soteriology in light of the certainty of the Saviour's all-surpassing love and grace. It was this certainty of future glory that would have exhorted Paul's original hearers to press on despite their present sufferings; and it is this same assurance which confirms our position in Christ, despite our living in the continuum of this already but not yet period in history.ContentHaving introduced the role and person of the Spirit by means of a third restatement of his thesis, the apostle digresses in order to reassure his hearers of their present, yet impending glory; and in doing so puts aside all "equivocation and qualification" raised in the objectionsand difficulties voiced by the imaginary interlocutor of the previous chapters. Here Paul points out that the same God of mercy and grace he spoke of so clearly of in chapter 5 was indeed at work through His Spirit in the lives of those who were "in Christ Jesus." Moreover, despite the limitations faced by his hearers, God was still at work for their "good."Concerned with the notion that his readers should despise their present...

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