“No Legal Separation in the Kingdom of Heaven”
Romans 8: 35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” It is commonly thought that if someone is naked, starving, or being run through by a musketeer, the love of God is already long gone from him. But, as St. Paul mentions in v. 17, we suffer with Christ before we are glorified with Him. Rather than being things which separate us from Christ’s love, they are used by God to conform us into His image (v. 29). That’s the real meaning of v. 28, one of the most misquoted and misunderstood verses in the Bible. The good God seeks is Christ in us.