Who will separate us from Christ? (Rom 8:35)

“Who will separate us

From the love of Christ?

Will hardships

Or distress,

Or persecution,

Or famine,

Or nakedness,

Or peril,

Or sword?”

τίς ἡμᾶς χωρίσει ἀπὸ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ Χριστοῦ; θλῖψις ἢ στενοχωρία ἢ διωγμὸς ἢ λιμὸς ἢ γυμνότης ἢ κίνδυνος ἢ μάχαιρα;

Once again there are a few questions from Paul “Who will separate us (τίς ἡμᾶς χωρίσει) from the love of Christ (ἀπὸ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ Χριστοῦ)?  Will hardships (θλῖψις) or distress (ἢ στενοχωρία), or persecution (ἢ διωγμὸς), or famine (ἢ λιμὸς), or nakedness (ἢ γυμνότης), or peril (ἢ κίνδυνος), or sword (ἢ μάχαιρα)?”  Only the Pauline letters used these words, στενοχωρία, that means narrowness of space, difficulty, great distress, or anguish, and the word κίνδυνος that means danger, peril, or risk.  Can anything separate the followers of Jesus from the love of Christ?  Then Paul listed a number of things that would cause problems for others, but not for the followers of Jesus.  These included the general difficulties of hardships, distresses, persecutions, famines, nakedness, perils, or swords.  Nothing would be too difficult for the follower of Jesus.  They would not be separated from the love of Christ.  This would not be easy, but the reward was great.  What is the greatest difficulty that you have faced?

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