“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God be for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? As it is written, ‘For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~Romans 8.28-39, Revised Standard Version
I meant only to type a few verses of this passage of sacred Scripture but the more that I read, the more I felt compelled to include. This section of Paul’s epistle to the believers in Rome gives voice to any believer who feels that they have been silenced by anything. To know that, as disciples of Jesus Christ, whatever we believe is working against us will in the end work for us is cause for rejoicing. To understand that God possesses a foreknowledge of us makes obvious the false claims of race. For if God has a plan for only sections of humanity, then God only has foreknowledge of some of the cultures of the world. This would suggest that God is not all- knowing and would change the identity and consequently, the ability of God all for the sake of race, all in effort to say that some are not made in the image of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. How race unravels our faith in God and ensures that we have less faith in ourselves and in our neighbor.
But, the apostle Paul, under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says that we are predestined, called, justified and glorified! This is what God has done for us, which begs the question, “What has race done for us?” Then Paul asks another question, which, for me, is more of an answer, ” If God be for us, who is against us?” If we have God on our side, then who or what can truly be against us as God is able to make all things work for good. So, if God is for us, then what can race hold against us? What charge can race or prejudice bring against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; race cannot condemn us.
And when I think that Paul has said all that needs to be said, he takes the believer a few steps farther. It is Jesus who died for us and nothing can separate us from His love: tribulation, or distress, or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword. Paul says that he’s convinced, he’s certain that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Whether we are present in the body or absent and with the Lord, nothing earthly or celestial, nothing present nor things to come will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
“Nor things to come,” the phrase means whatever we have in mind or are at the point of doing or suffering. Race is a suffering that would fall into this category. But, Paul covers it because Christ has already conquered it and we are more than conquerors in Christ whose love triumphs over anything in creation, any thing to come. God be praised.
Mali Music, Conqueror