Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril…
Who? No one who cannot do one of three things.
I. ANNIHILATE THE LOVED ONES. The being who could blot out of existence those whom Christ loved might effect the object, but who could do this? No creature in the heavens or on the earth. No one but the Absolute.
II. BLOT THE LOVED ONES FROM THE MEMORY OF THE LOVER. The being who could cause Christ to forget His disciples would succeed. For those whom we cease to remember we cease to love. But who can do this? He is omniscient, the past, present, and the future are all alike to Him. Duration is all a now to Him. He is "the same yesterday."
III. GIVE NEW INFORMATION OF THE LOVED ONES TO THE LOVER. Were it possible for a being to inform Christ of some bad qualities and some enormous crimes connected with the loved ones of which He was ignorant, His love might be extinguished. But who could do this? No one in heaven or on earth. He knew from eternity all concerning the objects of His love.
(D. Thomas, D.D.)
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