[Last Lesson Before the New Year! Lesson 16 will be posted the week of January 8th, 2018]
Summary of passage: Paul says nothing can separate us from the love of God that shines forth in Christ Jesus. Not trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword. Not death, life, angels, demons, time, any powers, height or depth. In all these things we are conquerors with Christ.
11) To encourage us and strengthen us. He uses a well-known verse that’s pretty dismal and despairing to tell others that Christ now allows us to overcome all evil.
12a) All are troubles that Christ overcomes and we do as well through Christ.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Knowing God is there during my husband’s job difficulties and in my struggle to find a career path is very comforting.
13) Personal Question. My answer: There’s way too many things that I get angry about or impatient with to list from my kids to other drivers on the road to standing in line to stupid, dopey emails. I’ve learned a few years ago not to pay much attention to world events or worry over it cause all of that is out of my control. Nothing can separate us from the love of God that shines forth in Christ Jesus. Not trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword. Not death, life, angels, demons, time, any powers, height or depth. In all these things we are conquerors with Christ.
Conclusions: So much more here that BSF missed in lieu of personal questions.
End Notes: Paul’s list is to tell us that no matter what our sufferings are (persecution, famine, etc) we’ll never be separated from the love of God, which makes us conquerors, and suffering actually carries us along toward our ultimate goal: union with God.
Nakedness meant a lack of clothes, which was a common concern in ancient times.
Paul’s second list is to emphasize that nothing good or evil can separate us from the love of God.
Conclusions half-way through BSF’s Study of Romans: This lesson in particular took less time than any other so far this year. Three weeks on Chapter 8 of Romans was too many. Over half of the questions these days are personal ones. Even the notes are dumbed down. It’s very monotonous and frustrating. Read my end notes for the lessons where I dive into the passage more. I encourage you to use BSF as a springboard to do your own study if you are finishing days and weeks and asking yourself if you got anything out of it or not. BSF is what it is now: personal, friendly, and superficial. If you want more, strive for more just like anything in life. Don’t expect someone else (including BSF) to do it for you. Let’s see what the next 15 weeks hold!