What an amazing encouragement here written that we cannot be separated from the love of God! However, let us look at the here listed forces that would attempt, each in their own way, to tear us away from the promise:
1. death nor life
2. angels nor demons
3. fears for today nor worries about tomorrow
4. powers of hell.
The enemy is real, our frailness is real, and hell is real! The necessity for us to live our lives one day at a time in Christ Jesus could no where be more apparent! If we do not enter into His Sabbath rest today as it was designed, then we will be absent of rest! If we do not "listen carefully to what we have heard" then we will drift today—perhaps imperceptibly! Though we should be able to say with conviction that neither death, nor the pains thereof, nor the fear of its coming can separate us from the love of God, it surely could, if we let it, separate us from His blessing and even prevent us from being a blessing to a lost and dying world! Even life can be the distraction if we are caught up in the love of this world (satanic system) and become encumbered by the weight of its fancy. We could be upside down in our mortgage, living above our means, cold in our relationships and in a word afflicted! We become deceived into paying homage to the god of this world because of our actions! Because of this we may be unfit for duty in the Kingdom to which we have been called. It would not be hard to consider the effects of the demons upon those whom they would try to afflict but what if we would push aside the worship of the Father, whom we have not seen, and instead worship angels perhaps that we have seen? Then too have we drifted from the course set for us to follow. Paul was explicit in his warnings about the battle unseen and how we must battle at the Throne Room of God's Grace in most Holy prayer having been clad in the Armor of God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord!
This is where the ethereal meets the practical. The question raised should be, "Are we experiencing the victory?" Not only a victory but an abundant victory! If we are feeling defeat, perhaps the hope for victory is yet future because of discipline. Perhaps we are struggling with besetting sin. Yet in all these the Lord has provided for our victory if we are willing to follow Him! Obedience and victory or rebelliousness and defeat. No room in the middle here.
Paul's reference here is to Psalm 44:22 expressing that it was for the sake of God that the saints of Old Testament times were often killed or suffered the persecutions of men which led to death. Now for the sake of the Gospel the same persecutions arise and death remains a constant threat as though the believer was valued good for nothing else.
When the bullets are thick, and there will be times when this is true, we will find ourselves either being drawn closer to Christ or finding ourselves discouraged. Then these verses should remind us of the truth herein communicated. Separation from Christ cannot happen for the saint.
How amazing is this to recognize that while the Holy Spirit prays for us, Jesus Himself is also interceding on our behalf at the throne of Grace. This is the risen Christ who is triumphant over sin and death. The Victor pleading the sufficiency of His sacrifice over the accusations of the enemy. He is not pleading our innocence because the accusations are valid because they are based upon our sin. Because He is our High Priest He can give us the grace we need to be victorious over the various temptations that come our way.
This is an important verse because it refutes any possibility of judgment being brought against those for whom Jesus died! The enemy of our soul is the chief accuser and will oftentimes try to convince the redeemed that they are somehow condemned. Be if He Who sits upon the throne has liberated us, who then can condemn us? Who then shall nullify those made just by God miraculous Grace? No one!
What do we hold most dear in our hearts? Is it not the love we have for our children? So why would the love of the Father be any different? Since He has delivered up His only Son, the sacrifice for all, how will He not now give us all that is required to keep us, His new children?
Whatever is profitable is what is provided. We oftentimes find ourselves discouraged because we cannot discern between the various diversities to see whether they may be testing or chastisement. It may be good to remember that the wrath of God is being constantly revealed because sin is the wrath revealed! It has its own reward! Therefore, chastisement requires no further action from God's perspective because sin will grow heavier until it brings us to our knees. Testing on the other hand draws us closer in our relationship as we trust that His will, by whatever means, will have its perfect way with us. We have this perfect assurance because He spared not His only Son who guiltless hung on the cross of Calvary for my sin! There can be no further sign! Oh what joy that fills my heart each day as I ponder this miraculous deliverance given to such a sinner as me.
It boggles the human mind to discover that before you were ever born that you were called! I suppose the question that arises should be whether or not we are living up to that calling? This requires that we recognize not only the calling but Him Who called us. For faith and obedience are toes on the same foot. Action without providence is arrogance while inaction is passivity. Neither of which will lead to a worthy life.
We often wrestle with this particular verse because the concept of foreknowing is foreign us. Therefore, our understanding from the Father's perspective is impossible to grasp. We can also make logical assumptions that are NOT substantiated by Scripture. One such assumption would be to assert that some might be foreknown and predestined to destruction but this is NOT anywhere substantiated. Another would be that the foreknowing was the Father looking forward into time and seeing who would respond to the Gospel of His Son. However, this would make the Gospel dependent upon the created rather than the Creator when in actuality salvation flows from omnipotent decree. An omniscient Creator can see the result of His omnipotent decrees. There are no contingencies but rather certainties.