Romans 8 has some of the most comprehensive language about our relationship with God anywhere in the Bible. In a couple of different places Paul provides lists that cover virtually everything and then says the things on the list and insufficient to come between us and God. He finishes the chapter with, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor 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.” (Romans 8.38-39 NRSV) The difficulty is what does this mean? What might it mean to be separated from the love of God anyway? Well, if you want the fully answer, or at least as full as I can provide at the moment, you’ll have to listen to one or both of the sermons below. The short answer is, God is the one who initiated our relationship with God and it is God, the unchangeable God, who guarantees its continuation.
Knox Presbyterian What does “separate” mean? (to download, right click and select “Save Link As . . .”)
St. Mark’s Presbyterian What does “separate” mean? (to download, right click and select “Save Link As . . .”)