“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies (Romans 8:33).

What a wonderful word of assurance to a people for whom faith has brought the threat of death and persecution — to know that you are God’s elect. In such conditions one may be tempted to give up; renounce; compromise, but Paul’s designation for the people of God is just the encouragement needed to persevere; to hang in there; to accept that to be counted among the company of the suffering isn’t a defeat but a victorious association with a suffering Savior.

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