God’s Provision Can’t Be Nullified
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
After presenting God’s master plan of salvation (vv. 28-30), Paul asked, “What then are we to say about these things?” (v. 31a). The remainder of Romans 8 is devoted to answering this question.
Paul drew five great conclusions from the fact our salvation was accomplished long ago in the mind of God. The first conclusion was in the rhetorical question, “If God is for us, who is against us?” (v. 31b). The reply is, of course, “No one.” It is impossible to nullify the power of God.
Our present text provides a second conclusion. “What then are we to say about these things?” It is impossible to nullify the provision of God.
Romans 8:32a (Holman) He did not even spare his own Son,…What parent can state the worth of his or her own child? What father or mother can even begin to express the value of their children?
Jacob had many children, but losing Joseph almost brought the old man to his grave. The death of Absalom, though a rebellious son, was deeply mourned by his father David. My Grandpa Marshall raised twelve children to adulthood. But to the day of his death, when he spoke of the little one he had to bury, tears filled his eyes and his voice quivered.
A story was told of a poor family in Germany who were on the verge of perishing in a famine. The husband finally hinted to his wife they might have to sell one of their children for food. She agreed it might have to be done, but the plan stalled when they tried to decide which child it would be.
They could not part with the oldest; there were too many memories wrapped up in the firstborn. They could not part with the second or third because one was the exact image of his father, and the other looked just like her mother. The fourth child could not be the one to go because he was the baby of their older years. The parents never could part with any of the children, and chose to starve together rather than sacrifice one.
How much could we give up before we would give up a child? Ponder the question and you will appreciate a little better what God has done for us.
God gave us His Child to make us His children. We could not be spared and the Son be spared also. To save us God had to refuse to save His only Son. God robbed Himself to make us rich.
Romans 8:32b …but offered him up for us all;…God not only refused to hold back Jesus; the Father also refused to excuse the Son from suffering. Jesus was delivered up “for us all,” in our behalf and in our stead. God punished Jesus instead of us. Jesus suffered what we should have suffered.
He that rests in Mary’s womb
came to save us from the tomb;
He did take an earthly mother
that we might have a Heavenly Father.
“For us all”, God delivered up His Son to a poverty that brought birth in a stable; a nation that rejected Him; a world that disowned Him; companions that forsook Him; a disciple that denied Him; a perjury that lied of Him; an infamy that spat upon Him; a treachery that scourged Him; a mockery that crowned Him with thorns; an injustice that sentenced Him to die; a contempt that crucified Him.
“For us all”, Jesus endured a crucifixion that pierced His soul as well as His flesh. He endured people’s treachery and God’s wrath. The nails that pierced His heart were sharper than those that pierced His hands and feet.
When we contemplate the magnitude of the love displayed in this drama, we must agree with Paul’s conclusion…
Romans 8:32c … how will he not also with him grant us everything?
“Everything” refers to all things needed to bring to fruition the intended purpose for which Jesus shed His blood. “Everything” is being provided for us to enable us to be conformed to the image of Christ.
Whatever our weakness or trial, God provides all things necessary to see us through it and to maintain our salvation. He gave us Christ; surely He will also give us pardon for sins, comfort in trials, and power to do our duty.
In the eyes of God, forgiveness of our sins is not nearly as huge a gift as was giving us His only begotten Son. Giving us a place in Heaven is nothing compared to giving us a Child. He who gave a Son to purchase our salvation is not going to fail to do whatever it takes to secure that purchase.
Anyone who believes they can lose their salvation does not properly understand all that was provided for us at Calvary. Jesus’ death was not meant to assure only justification, but rather every phase of salvation. His blood is the basis for God’s foreknowing, predestinating, calling, justifying, and glorifying us. These five components of salvation are a package deal. It is impossible to have one without having all.
Calvary was a statement by God regarding the depth of His commitment to us. God has invested His Son’s blood in our salvation. God will not let that investment in us fail. He will freely give whatever it takes to hold us, keep us, and secure us.
These advantages are not a boasting about us. We did not deserve Jesus in the first place, and we do not deserve His continuing benefits now. All these things flow from God’s grace; they are freely given “with Him.”
Jesus is all blessings rolled up in one. In Him comes all we could ever need. Apart from Christ, we have nothing; but with Christ everything.
There is no chance of God’s love toward us ever waning. Our salvation can never be in jeopardy. God’s goodness to us will never cease flowing. We can never be cut off from His streams of mercy because in Jesus we have been given the fountain itself.
Our consolation and assurance are rooted in the fact salvation is of God. We begin having doubts when we think we have to merit God’s continuing grace. If we try to earn it, our hearts will shrink every time we sin. Our confidence must be in God’s sovereign plan, not in us.
What if we fall into sin? We were in sin when God first saved us. He saved us in spite of our sin, and He keeps us saved in spite of our sin. This does not mean we condone sin, but it does mean not even sin can thwart the salvation of God.
Our confidence is based on what God has done for us in the past.
“His love in time past
Forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last
in trouble to sink.” (John Newton)
Paul’s argument in our text was very simple: giving a greater gift implies a willingness to provide lesser gifts. Giving Jesus to us was the most difficult, and therefore the greatest, gift God had to give. Everything else He could ever possibly give can be provided with much greater ease.
God’s best gift serves as a security that other gifts will follow. God gave the very best He had to make our salvation possible in the first place.
He was willing to let His Son die to purchase our salvation; surely He will not overlook any detail needed to bring that salvation to fruition. The fact God gave us Jesus is a pledge He will provide whatever else we need with regard to salvation. Our text teaches what God has already given us is infinitely more precious than anything we could ever receive in the future.