14 – “Sealed by the Love of God!”

Romans: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Hear It! Believe It! Live It!”

It could not be that God could be hindered by any other power, in the physical realm or in the spiritual realm, from carrying out what He has planned from before the creation of the world: to gather for Himself a people who will know Him, love Him and serve Him. God’s Word reveals the unfolding of that plan, from God’s choosing of some before the creation of the world, to mankind’s fall into sin, from the promise of a Savior to His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension, from the pouring out of the Spirit to the spreading of the Gospel, from the building of Christ’s Church to His coming to gather His Bride, from the pouring out of His judgment to His millennial reign, and from the final judgment to the new heavens and the new earth, where God will dwell with His people. God has planned it all, and it shall come to pass just as He says! It is in the knowledge of God’s plan and in the assurance of His power to complete it that all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and who confess Him as their Lord find hope and peace and joy amid the suffering and trials of life. Indeed, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Our Father’s love is not a generic, passive, powerless love that leaves our future in doubt. Rather, it is an all-consuming commitment to accomplish IN us all that He has promised as He prepares us for glory, where we will rejoice in His marvelous perfection and live forever in the light of His truth and grace. God’s love for His children endures through all that life in this world brings our way, strengthening us to stand firm in our faith until it becomes sight. There are still battles to fight, but the victory has been won! Jesus Christ is seated on His throne and the angels are singing, “Holy! Holy!! Holy!!” It is our privilege to join them in the heavenly chorus, knowing one day soon we will be there!!