For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Have we noticed how thorough Paul is in these verses? He could have just used the word “nothing” and be done with it. Nothing can separate use from the love of God. Great, that is true and awesome! But I think the Holy Spirit working through Paul knows us too well and wants to head us off at the pass. He knows the arguing we tend do with the simple truths of the Scriptures so He lays out the point in triplicate. He tries to really, truly get through our minds this wonderful statement.
In response to a simple word like nothing, we tend to work ourselves into doubt and confusion. Well, it says nothing but did God mean nothing that is on earth and visible? Can Satan separate us? How about something that was not present in the world at the time Paul was writing these words? With the end of the Apostolic age, does this end? Will Nicolai Carpathia and the Global Community separate us from the love of God?
So Paul adds repeated emphasis. He lays out the same idea in a number of ways. Is there anything that is not covered by his description? Life, death, things now and to come, nor height or depth can do it. Nothing created can take us away from God’s love. Fun fact! Everything other than God is created…including us. Not even our own disobebience, sin and determined effort can separate ourselves from the love of God. Really fun fact, right!
So believer drink in what Paul is saying here and the lengths to which he goes to say it. God loves us and His love is with us and in us for all eternity. NOTHING can change that. Not us, not time, not Satan, not the Islamic State, when He says nothing can do it, God is not limited in any way. Everything is included in His decription.
His love is that important, He loves us that much and He loves us that well.