January 16

Romans 8:34 (NLT)

“Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”

“At God’s right hand”. A position of honor and executive authority (see Ps 110:1). There can be no condemnation for us (in either sense of the term), if our enthroned sin-bearer intercedes for us in heaven (1Jn 2:1) while the Holy Spirit intercedes in our hearts (v. 27).

The right hand of the king was anciently the seat of honor and denoted participation in the royal power and glory. The classical writings contain similar allusions. Accordingly Christ’s sitting at the right hand of God–prophesied in Psalms 110:1 , signifies the glory of the exalted Son of man, and the power in the government of the world in which He participates. Hence it is called “sitting on the right hand of Power” ( Matthew 26:64 ), and “sitting on the right hand of the Majesty on high” ( Hebrews 1:3 )

“Who then will condemn us?” The question posed in v. 33 is repeated. Christians may rejoice with the certainty that they will never be condemned, for (1) Christ died for them and paid the full penalty for their sin; (2) he was raised, showing that his death was effective; (3) he now is seated triumphantly at God’s right hand (Ps. 110:1); and (4) he intercedes for his people on the basis of his shed blood. Interceding signifies effective intervention (bringing our requests before the Father).

Life Application

This verse forever settles that you and I, as born-again believers in Jesus Christ should shed any “God condemnation” mindset that may have settled in. God does not condemn, He loves and loves deeply.

Romans 14:9 (NLT)

“Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.”

“Lord” is used over 6,000 times in the Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek translation of the OT) to translate the name of Israel’s God (Yahweh), it is clear that Paul, when using this title for Jesus, is affirming that, in Jesus, the God of Israel was himself present among his people.

One of the reasons for which Christ died and rose and lived again is that He might be our Lord, and that we might be His willing subjects, gladly rendering to Him the devotion of our grateful hearts. His lordship continues even in death, when our bodies lie in the grave and our spirits and souls are in His presence.

Life Application

Lord…Jesus as Lord of our lives. God present amongst us. We His children, gladly rendering devotion to Him. What does that look like? How does one personalize this?

Romans 5:8-11 (NLT)

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”

If God loved us when we were helpless, ungodly enemies, how much more will He love us now that we are His children? By His blood … through the death of His Son we have been justified, that is “declared righteous,” and reconciled, meaning our state of alienation from God has been changed. Believers are no longer enemies of God; they are at peace with God (v. 1). we shall be saved: Many take these verses to refer to final salvation from the presence of sin. But in this context, Paul goes on to discuss being saved from the power of sin (see ch. 6). Thus wrath here is God’s present wrath (see 1:18), and His life is the life of Christ in believers (see v. 18). The point is that since God’s love and the death of Christ have brought us justification, then as a result of that love, we can also expect salvation from God’s wrath. To experience this truth, the believer must fully cooperate with the process that is explained in 6:1–14 (see John 8:32). The believer must die to sin and present himself or herself to God as an “instrument of righteousness” (see 6:14).

Life Application

Do you ever feel that God…dislikes you when you blow it? That He turns away from you and is not there for you anymore…that you have to somehow, someway, earn favor with Him again? Well, this reading makes it clear that if He could love us when we lived in sin without Christ, then certainly He still loves us now that were in Christ and occasionally sin.