If God Is For Us Who Can Be Against Us? Verse and Meaning

by Derek Hill on February 9, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

My favorite verse in the Bible, one that still gives me goose-bumps is: “What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)  Almighty God is sovereign over all things and He is untouchable.  Nothing can match His Glory, strength, power, might, knowledge, forgiveness, blessings, riches, love, mercy, grace, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, skill, handiwork, greatness, holiness, righteousness, availability, sensitivity, patience, tenderness, peace, graciousness, gentleness, self-control, joy, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, strategic ways, agape love, bravery, consistency, intentionality, humbleness, willingness, sympathy, empathy, beauty, authority, and anything else you can possibly think of.  HE IS AWESOME!

What things?

“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”

“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”

This verse starts out with a question, what then shall we say to these things?”  What things is Paul referring too?  The root of this question has the answer in verse 28 preceding it.  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This verse brings out the concept of predestination.  You must be called by God to be in His eternal family.  Predestination is a touchy subject because the Bible is clear that God chooses who He chooses.  Many feel like God is a dictator and is using humans as pawns for His own pleasure and satisfaction.  This cannot be further from the truth.  You must look at scripture as a whole to understand who God chooses.  2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”  If God wishes that none would perish, then He most certainly would not condemn anyone to hell for the fun of it.  God knew before the beginning of creation who would choose to love Him.  Those are the elect people that He has called to do His will.  God would never leave anyone out of eternity in heaven if they genuinely love Him and are repentant for their sins.  That is what this verse says.  Right smack dab in the middle of 1 John 4:16, it says, “God is love.”  Love is the complete opposite of evil.  God is incapable of doing evil.  When you have a clear understanding of predestination, Romans 8:28 makes perfect sense.  “For those who love God all things work together for good.”  If you choose to follow and love God, all things will work together for good, even when things seem hopeless.

Is God for us?

Romans 8:31 says that “God is for us.”  Here are some scriptures that express how He is indeed for us.

“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” (2 Corinthians 5:5)  God does not want us to fail.  He has sent us the Holy Spirit to guide us and convict us.

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18)

“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)  God is for us so much that He gave His one and only Son as a sacrifice to pay the full debt of humanity’s sin.  He did this to reconcile us to Himself.

“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)  He already loved us before we gave our lives over to Him.  He is definitely for us.

“And this is the promise that He made to us – eternal life.” (1 John 2:25)  We are assured eternal life with God.

God is for us.  Read the Psalms.   David wrote many that showcased God’s love for him as he was delivered from his enemies.

Can believers be defeated?

“Who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)  The answer to this is “no one.”  Sure we can be persecuted and hurt here on earth, but eternally we will live and bask in the Glory of Christ forever.  “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)  We will never be defeated eternally.  God is the only one who can destroy us eternally and praise His name that He is for us.

Conclusion

If you truly believe in Jesus Christ and have made Him Lord and Savior of your life, you can have confidence in Romans 8:31.  God loves His children!  Stay strong in the Word and prayer as you strive to live a life worthy of the calling.  God bless you!

Have you ever considered the love of God? Take a look at this article:

Why Does God Love Us?

Resources –  The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”; YouTube “Our God” by Chris Tomlin



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Godlove February 9, 2013 at 4:36 am

I found out that, being a Christian is not about the blessing but about the assurance in our Lord Jesus Christ.
His love and peace is beyond human understanding.
No wonder He (Jesus) said ”fear not for I will be with you to the end.”

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Derek Hill February 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Amen Godlove! As the ole hymn says, “blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.” God bless you!

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Jack Wellman February 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

Sterling work again my brother. What an encouraging article and verse too because we lack confidence but when we realize that He is for us, it’s no contest! Well done friend.

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Derek Hill February 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Thank you Jack. Just pondering the fact that God is for us makes me so joyous! He loves us so much! God bless you brother!

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Patricia Schneider February 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Romans 8:31 is a special Scripture passage for me, too, Derek!
Thanks for the wonderful article.

Your Sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Derek Hill February 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Thank you for your kind words Patty. It is so good to know that nothing can hinder us from God’s love. We serve an awesome God! God bless you sister!

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Josh February 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Great Job on this article Derek. A truly inspirational read. Praise God!

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Derek Hill February 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Thank you Josh. This verse has been my favorite since I was 17. 16 years later and it still drives me to be the best child of God that I can. When He is for us, there is nothing to fear! God bless you brother!

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Ashley February 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

I love this scripture. I just gives me a renewed strength and deeper joy each time I say or hear or sing it. Thank you for sharing.

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Derek Hill February 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Thank you Ashley. I feel the same way. It gets me excited for the end when Satan is cast into the lake of fire forever. No one stands a chance against us when we have God with us. God bless!

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Andre February 14, 2013 at 12:22 am

Ashley

I disagree- evil was created! It did not manifest itself out of nothing.

God created everything, good and evil. If the Bible is taken in aggregate as a unified whole, it explicitly teaches that God created evil. Consider verses like the following:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7, KJV)
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? (Amos 3:6, KJV)
Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good? (Lamentations 3:38)

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Jack Wellman February 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Hello Andre. This is the second or third post that I have read by you that reveals that you are very upset with God or that you are angry at Him. Is this true my friend?

Here is why God did NOT create evil. If you know the original language of the Scriptures – the Hebrew and Greek, you will discover this.

Is God really the one who created evil? To answer the question we must first look at how the word for evil, “rah,” is used in the Bible, examine the context of the Isaiah 45:7 and Amos 3:6 passages you quoted, and look at other passages on the same subject.

First of all, the Hebrew word for evil, “rah,” is used in many different ways in the Bible. In the KJV Bible it occurs 663 times. 431 times it is translated as “evil.” The other 232 times it is translated as “wicked,” “bad,” “hurt,” “harm,” “ill,” “sorrow,” “mischief,” “displeased,” “adversity,” “affliction,” “trouble,” “calamity,” “grievous,” “misery,” and “trouble.” So we can see that the word does not require that it be translated as “evil.” This is why different Bibles translate this verse differently. It is translated as “calamity” by the NASB and NKJV; “disaster” by the NIV; and “woe” by the RSV.

Second, the context of the verse is speaking of natural phenomena.

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; 6That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, 7The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these,” (Isaiah 45:5-7).

Notice that the context of the verse is dealing with who God is, that it is God who speaks of natural phenomena (sun, light, dark), and it is God who is able to cause “well-being” as well as “calamity.” Contextually, this verse is dealing with natural disasters and human comfort issues. It is not speaking of moral evil; rather, it is dealing with calamity, distress, etc. This is consistent with other scriptures. For example:

“And the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:11).

“Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?” (Amos 3:6).

Third, there are other verses that clearly show that God is pure and that He cannot approve of evil.

“The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He,” (Deut. 32:4).

“Thine eyes are too pure to approve evil, and Thou canst not look on wickedness with favor,” (Hab. 1:13).

We can see that the Bible teaches that God is pure and does not approve of evil, that the word “rah” (evil) in Hebrew can mean many things, and that contextually the verse is speaking of calamity and distress. Therefore, God does not create evil in the moral sense, but in the sense of disaster or calamity.

I can not speak for the author of this article, Derek, but that is what the Bible teaches and means and you can not take one word out of context and see it within the context of the entire chapter, book, or Bible and the original language is so important. Does this make sense Andre?

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Derek Hill February 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Hello Andre, Jack did a great job in answering you and your comment. I would also like to add the verse, “You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:5) If you believe in the Holy Trinity, you must believe that they are one and separate at the same time. With this being said, Jesus and God are the same while they are different. If Jesus/God came to take our sins away and in Himself is no sin, it would be impossible for Him to create evil. For if He created evil, He would be a stumbling block to all of humanity. Jesus said, “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6) I hope this helps you understand. It would be better for Jesus to have a millstone tied around His neck and for Him to be thrown into the sea to die if He created evil knowing that it would cause sin to happen.

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Anne May 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

Andre,

I too have dealt with these same scriptures and had to do a word for word study on them. God is so amazing when we truly study to understand Him.

Jack was right when he said, that the context says evil is calamity and distress. There is so much more to discover in this passage. Let us first look at each individual word and then put them together. Let us also remember that the 45th chapter of Isaiah began, “Thus saith the Lord to his annointed, I will go before thee and make the crooked places straight:,” so he is teaching truth to His own, who earlier he described as being rebellious and wearying him with their sins and iniquities. He is telling them what he will do for them, his anointed people that he formed for himself, that they shall shew forth his praise, (from IS. 43:21-28).

The following definitions are from Strong’s concordance in relation to the actual Hebrew word used.
FORM – to squeeze into shape (press)
CREATE – to cut down (wood), select, feed (as formative processes) choose, cut down, dispatch, do, make
MAKE – do, accomplish, advance, appoint, become, bear, bestow, bring forth
PEACE – safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity
EVIL- bad, adversity, affliction, calamity, displeasure, distress, grief, harm, hurt, ill, misery, naught, noisome, sorrow, trouble [ and is from a word that means - topsoil, make good for nothing]

Now let’s see that scripture again.

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. ” (Isaiah 45:7, KJV)

I form or shape the light and (thereby, I) cut down or dispatch darkness (send it away.) I accomplish, appoint, bestow, bring forth, peace ( safety, welfare, health, prosperity) and (in so doing, I) cut down, dispatch (send away), adversity, calamity, distress, grief, harm, misery, etc.

Just turn a light on and see if you don’t send darkness away!
Just bring the good news of health and prosperity and see if affliction, distress, and misery doesn’t go away!

Does this have even an inkling of God causing evil, wickedness or sin? Does this not confirm the very nature of God as loving and merciful? We also know that God is just and will have vengeance on the wicked, but this is what He has done, is doing, and will do, for His people. Isn’t he marvelous and wonderful!

Please study, pray, and hear the comfort God gives to His people instead of trying to blame God for our sins. There is much rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus.

God bless you, Anne

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Endington May 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thats absalutely nobody can be against me if God is by my side.

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Derek Hill May 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Amen Endington! That’s right! God bless you!

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Patricia Schneider May 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Hello, Derek! This is for Anne (May 9, 2013.) OK?

Hello, Anne!
WOW! Sooo appreciated your reply to Andre! (We all MUST pray for Jesus’ Holy Spirit to enlighten Andre’s heart & mind to God’s TRUTH. Right, Anne? Already have Andre on my Prayer Board, a list of folks I daily pray for. You, too!)
Thanks so much for your comment, Anne!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Patricia Schneider May 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Hello, Derek and Pastor Jack! Also wanted to thank you both for your replies to Andre! You two brothers in Christ are just terrific messengers of God’s Word! So blessed having you both in my life!
Love, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Derek Hill May 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Patty, you just made my day! Thank you for such kindness in your words. You have a heart for God and it is shown so clearly. I can’t speak for Jack, but I am always blessed by such wonderful comments and people of faith! God bless you!

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Patricia Schneider May 10, 2013 at 2:53 am

Oh, I believe Pastor Jack “appreciates” my words. Hee-Hee! We go back to around January, 2012. Pastor Jack has become my favorite Pastor, and writer on WCWTK! Love how he always give the credit for his writing skills to Jesus’ Holy Spirit! His articles (and yours, too, Derek!) are great “reminders” for me in following God’s Word. Becoming closer to what God’s Plan for me is, too! Now, that’s a miracle, Derek! Especially at my age, 64 years young~! LOL!
Love, your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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