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"God Is For Us" by Bob Donohue
Date: 2018-08-12
Text: Romans 8:31-34
Series: Romans
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2018-08-12 • Bob Donohue • Romans 8:31-34
 
1. God Accepts Us

What we deserve outside of Christ:  Leviticus 26:14-28

But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, 15 if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you… break my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you:  I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache.  And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.  17 I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies.  Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you.  18 And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, 19 and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.  20 And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase

22 I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that your roads shall be deserted.  23 And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you… 25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant.  And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you… and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

27 But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me, 28 then I will walk contrary to you in fury… 29 You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. 30 And I will… cast your dead bodies upon… your idols, and my soul will abhor you.

But in Christ:

None of our sicknesses is a judgment from a condemning judge. None of our broken cars or failed appliances is a punishment from God. None of our marital strife is a sign of his wrath. None of our lost jobs is a penalty for sin. None of our wayward children is a crack of the whip of God’s retribution. If we are in Christ. No. God is for us, not against, in and through all things… — John Piper

2. God Atoned for Us
3. God Acquitted Us
4. God Advocates for Us