My Favorite Verse in the Bible

Since becoming a Christian in college, I’ve been continually drawn back to one verse more than any other. Romans 8:32 has oriented me around God’s love, encouraged me to trust God, comforted me when things haven’t looked promising, freed me from fear and worry, challenged me to think more of others and less of myself, and so much more. Maybe more than anything it has explained the gospel to me in a way that has reached both my head and my heart.

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

There are so blessings in my life that are signs of God’s love for me. But the Bible says that the clearest expression of his love is the cross. Circumstances change, material blessings come and go, health is fragile, and relationships unstable, so it is wise to anchor my soul on something fixed and solid and unmovable like the cross. That’s why I love this verse. It draws me back to the very heart of the gospel.

The Father “did not spare his own Son…”
I once read a story of a German family’s struggle to live through a great famine. When they reached their darkest hour and the hunger was the greatest they were offered a significant sum of money for their oldest son. After much anguished discussion the whole family agreed that they should sell him so that the rest could live.

But after taking the money and watching their son walk off into the distance with a stranger, they couldn’t do it. They ran after the man and gave his money back. They would rather die than part with their son.

But God gave not his oldest son but his only Son. He gave the thing that no parent can imagine parting with. The Son wasn’t stolen or lost or ripped away from an unwilling Father. No this Father GAVE him up.

He “delivered Him over for us all….”
This means that he gave his Son over to die. But that’s not quite right. He gave his Son over to be crucified. He gave his Son over to be tortured, flogged, shamed, spat upon, and nailed to a cross. He gave his Son over to bear all his wrath against sin.

“…for us…”
He gave his Son over “for us” sinners. Not for nice people or noble people or good people. He gave him over for sinners. Who would give his son over to die for a friend? No one. Who would give his Son over to die for his enemy? God.

God didn’t have to do this. He wasn’t under any kind of obligation. No one forced him to do it. He did it freely.

“…how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
This means that you and I and every Christian can trust that God will give us all things that are good for us.

The logic of the verse goes something like this: If God gave us his Son, then why would he possibly withhold anything from us? He’s given us the most precious thing in his life. When you were his enemy God gave his Son over to a cruel death to redeem your life. Now that through Christ you are his son or daughter, why would he possibly keep something good from you? He won’t.

So trust him to deliver you from sin. Trust him to satisfy you. Trust him to protect you. Trust him to provide for you. Trust him o my soul.

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