I don’t know if it is that I’m a guy and guys have that tendency, or if it is cultural conditioning and participating in sports, or if it’s just me, but I like to win.
I won when God saved me. I became victorious over sin, over temptation, over death, over everything that puts me in the state of being lost. In Christ, I am a conqueror. The only thing I really did was believe in Christ, repent my sins, confess that he is God’s Son and give my life to him. He saved me. I recognized that the war was going to be won by the forces of heaven with Jesus the victor and I went over to the other side, to Jesus’ side.
I have been given and I have received God’s grace.
In the 4/4/11 post https://blogthechurch.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/figuring-out-what-romans-828-means/ , we discussed how Romans 8:28 is misused. Essentially, people take the verse and believe it claims that they will overcome in every circumstance and situation because they are in Christ, yet, it is not about living a victorious life and all about overcoming what sin had done to us in the first place. Sin had separated us from the love of God and now that we have taken Christ as our Savior, we have become conquerors.
And so God has done some important and incredible stuff, both before creation and now.
1st – Before creation he determined that when we accept Christ, that we will become like Christ is being judged sinless and that we will be (as Romans 12:1-2 says) transformed by the renewing of our mind. He already renewed our soul, now the ongoing transformation of making us Christ-like continues in this life – Rom. 8:29-30
2nd – When Paul tells us that God is for us, we are not talking about God cheering us on from the sidelines, or even as a coach. He is for us in that he gave us life. He provided life through Jesus’ death and resurrection and puts eternal life into us when we accept Christ and are baptized. So he makes our souls right (Paul uses the word justified) – Rom. 8:31-32
3rd – Because we are judged innocent of sin with Jesus’ blood covering us for the sake of forgiveness, then no can bring a charge of guilt against us because God has forgiven us. We are even told that God erases our sins from the book that records what we’ve done in this life. They are no longer recognized because when God looks at us he sees Jesus’ blood covering us – Rom. 8:33-34
So, who shall separate us from the love of Christ. Sin can’t because it has been removed and forgotten. Satan can’t because God doesn’t recognized that we are sinners any more. Nothing outside of ourselves can separate the faithful Christian from God’s love (which implies God wanting to and giving us salvation).
In Christ, you are in good shape.