So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect people? It is God who acquits them. Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised, and who also is at God’s right side. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us. Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, We are being put to death all day long for your sake. We are treated like sheep for slaughter. But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. (Romans 8:31-39, CEB)
Anytime I see an if in a translation I look to see what the word is in the Greek text. And this if, “if God is for us…” is εἰ. εἰ means if, but I was taught in seminary that εἰ also can mean since. So which is a better word to use here? If God is for us or since God is for us?
I honestly like Since God is for us, because it is not a question of if God is for us. God is for us, even when we turn on backs on God, even when we wander away, even when we are stupid, God is always for us. And since God is for us who can be against us? Even if they are against us what will it matter with God for us?
Know that God is always with you and for you.
Go into the world and share love.
Loving People. Loving God.