‘He Who spared not His Own Son but delivered Him up for us…, how shall He not with Him also freely give us everything?… Christ…died. Yes…, has risen again!… For Your sake, we are killed all the day long…. In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us…. I am persuaded that neither death nor life…shall be able to separate us from the love of God!’ Romans 8:32-39.
Calvin comments: “Paul…does not mean that we shall have no opposition, but he promises us victory over every kind of enemy…. If God is not propitious to us, no sure confidence can be conceived…. His favour alone, is a sufficiently great consolation!… That man alone displays true confidence in God, who is content with His protection….
“It is a notable and shining proof of His inestimable love, that the Father did not hesitate to bestow His Son for our salvation…. Since He had nothing dearer, more precious, or more excellent than His Son — He will neglect nothing which He foresees will be profitable to us!…
“Christ has not only died. He has also come forth as Conqueror of death, and triumphed over its power by His resurrection…. This great security which dares to triumph over the devil, death, sin, and the gates of Hell — ought to be implanted deeply in all godly hearts…. Christ…appears continually before the Father in His death and resurrection, which…have the efficacy of lively prayer for reconciling the Father….
“We always struggle, and yet emerge!… It sometimes happens that believers seem to have been overcome…. This outcome, however, is always granted to them that they obtain the victory!… The assurance of this, fixed deeply in our hearts, will always draw us from Hell to the Light of life!…
“Should anything in life or death…seem able to tear us away from God, it will not do so!… Neither angels nor any other high powers there may be!…
“No length of time can separate us from the grace of the Lord!… We are not to fear that our faith in our adoption will be destroyed, by the continuance of evils — however long it may be!… Faith is certainly nothing, if it does not extend to death and beyond!… He Who has begun a good work in us, will accomplish it — until the Day of the Lord Jesus!”
Calvin also says in his Institutes II:14:7, III:2:16, 11:3,14:19, 15:8 & 24:6: “God spared not His Own Son!’…(Romans 8:32)…. ‘I am persuaded that neither death nor life…nor things present nor things to come…nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ!’…(Romans 8:38)… ‘It is Christ Who died; yes rather, Who has risen again; Who…also makes intercession for us’…(Romans 8:33-34)… Believers are victorious in every contest…;through Him Who loved us’ (Romans 8:37)…. ‘Neither death nor life…shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ’…(Romans 8:29,39). Nay, rather all things will work together for our good!… Hence too the magnificent triumph…over life and death, things present, and things to come (Romans 8:38)!” For no distress or death, can ever separate us from God’s love! Do you believe?