What does it mean to be separated from God?

It’s Monday Grace!

Neither you nor I will ever be separated from God. Is that plain enough? It doesn’t matter what the preachers have said, or your mother, or your ex-friends, or anyone else. All that matters is what God Himself has said. Nothing can separate you from the Lord who loves you.

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:34-39

Who would be the only one who could separate you from God? Jesus, right? And it was Jesus who died for you, who lives and makes intercession for you. In other words, Jesus is for you, and it doesn’t matter who is against you.

Once you are joined to the Lord “by grace through faith,” no one can separate you from Him. Jesus is the link between you and the Father.

So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Matthew 19:6

Okay, I know that the context of that statement has to do with marriage, but the principle behind it is still the same. It was God who initiated the relationship with you and God who accomplished it for you on the cross. God has joined you with Himself through Jesus. And no man, not even your preacher, can separate you from Him.

Some teachers and some others feel that they need to keep people in fear for their salvation. Maintain good behavior or you might be kicked out of the club, they seem to say. If you aren’t good enough, you might become separated from God and lose your salvation.

I have been accused of being a “once saved always saved” teacher. Those words trigger rejection in the minds of many people. But I never teach that. Instead, I teach that salvation comes from the love of God in Jesus as a gift to those who will receive. If it comes as a gift, you didn’t do anything to deserve it in the first place. If it remains a gift, then your behavior won’t get it taken away. The point of your salvation is the love of God in Jesus, not your behavior.

So, are there people who are separated from God. Of course. All of us were separated from God in the beginning. Sin separates us from God. That’s the simple message of the gospel. But the rest of the gospel is that Jesus came to overcome sin, to wash us clean, and to reconcile us to God. Anyone who comes to Jesus in faith will receive the gift of reconciliation. That is only good news!

But even those who do not have faith, who reject the gift Jesus came to give, may not be as separate as some think. The Lord is always ready to welcome the lost, always looking in love on the sinner. It is not God who has separated from them, but they who have separated from Him. He is patient, full of love, ready to forgive, ready to welcome anyone who will come to Him. Not as far away as some might suggest. Even from the worst sinner.

You might feel separated from God, based on your behavior and your wrong thinking. Others might not know that you belong to Him for the same reasons. You might not experience the blessings and the power that you would have if you walked with Him, but if you come to Him in faith you will never be separated from Him.

If no power on earth or in heaven can separate you from the Lord, then you will never be separated from Him. Rest in His power and His love.

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4 responses to “What does it mean to be separated from God?

  1. Batya Ahul

    I needed this today more than you’ll ever know, thank you 😊

  2. Allie

    I love Romans 8:38 and 39 so much. It was the text for the message preached at my son’s celebration of life two years ago. He died by suicide. I miss him terribly but I know that nothing can separate us from the love of God. We will meet again, and together we will be in God’s presence forever.

    • Oh Allie! I grieve with you and praise God for your hope. So many do not realize that believers can go through dark times and whispering voices can move them to do unpredictable and tragic things. As I have told others, the key of our perseverance is not how well we can hold on to Jesus, but how well He can hold on to us. In those dark times, He is still our source of life – even when we forget.

      And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
      John 10:28

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