Romans 8:35 asks: Who can separate us from the love of Christ? The short answer is nothing. The first part of Romans 8 says: there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. I looked up the Greek word for “no” and it is zippo, zero. What does condemnation mean? It is like when a judge bangs the gavel down on his desk and says, “Guilty”. When we accept Jesus and are born again, God proclaims that this new creature in us is, “Innocent, justified and made righteous”.

Another way of saying nothing can separate us from Jesus is we are one with Him. Joined together as one. In John 17, Jesus prays asking that we would be one with Him the same way He is/was one with His Father, in complete unity with God and Jesus. This is now our new identity, this inseparable oneness with God. In 1 Corinthians 6:17 Paul says, “But anyone joined to the Lord is one Spirit with Him”. My prayer for many years of this grace search has been that God would allow me to see this new creation or me as He sees me. I tend to focus on my weaknesses, mistakes, past sins or the me that I have known all of my life. He sees us as inseparable and one with Him, under no condemnation.

I have read and been encouraged by Romans 8:35 many times and am encouraged each time. However seeing no separation as inseparable gives it new meaning to me. Webster defines inseparable as: incapable of being separated or disjoined, inseparable companions.

Ephesians 5 says: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. Marriage is a picture of Christ and His bride or the body/church. And Happy Anniversary, to my wife of 54 years!

We have become inseparable companions with Jesus incapable of being separated. This is another characteristic/truth/fact of our new identity in Him. This is how He sees us. His perspective of us is we are made one with Him, inseparable. And it is a free gift, one we do not earn. Amazing.

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