We in Christendom love to give ourselves the warm fuzzies from scripture. We not only do this for the sake of ourselves, but we do it for all our brothers and sisters in the Lord too. We run around comforting ourselves that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
We incorrectly understand this scripture as we do the other one we are so famous for quoting.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
How dare I put in disrepute two of the cornerstones of our great comfort, which have become the twin pillars of our complacency with our Lord.
First of all let us agree that every sect of Christendom, and I use that term lightly, comforts themselves with these scriptures, the Catholic, Mormon, Witnesses, Baptist, Evangelical, Holy Ghost People, etc. So either we are convinced all these sects are heaven bound and our own particular faith is not the only correct way of understanding scripture, which would strip us of all authority to preach exclusively our particular doctrine. Or we have to conclude not everyone who believes in these verses and is well accustomed to putting their hope in them is not a benefactor of them.
So which is it for you?
Now I know that of course in our circumstances we would naturally say of ourselves that we are the ones who benefit from the love of God, that we can not be separated from.
Do you believe that in the beginning God? Do you believe that our God is unchanging? Do you believe that He is the same yesterday, today and forever? Well let us look at what was said from the beginning.
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
We have this testimony from scripture concerning God’s love. His everlasting love is not with every man, only those who fear and obey Him. This everlasting love is what Paul talks about in Romans. Those verses of comfort are only applicable to those who fear and obey God.
Then I said: “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands,
What we have is God’s covenant of love with us and He determines the conditions of His love through His covenant to us. Are we to dare pervert what God has established with us just so we can give all, obedient and disobedient believers comfort, in one big melting pot since we refuse to believe the disobedient believer is outside of this covenant of love?
Why do we refuse to believe that this covenant of love has conditions? We must continue who heartedly in His way in order to have His everlasting love shine upon us.
He said: “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth–you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
I know, I know all of this is Old Testament and doesn’t apply anymore. We are under a new covenant. Tell me, when did God ever announce to the prophets that He would extend His covenant of everlasting love to the disobedient who does not serve the Lord whole heartedly?
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
Well if this be the case, show me from the Old Testament how God will let the disobedient sit with Him on His thrown. Show me from the Law and the Prophets where God has place the disobedient converted sinner on the same standing as the obedient converted sinner? If not from the Old Testament, how about the New Testament?
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Who is it that is part of God’s covenant of love? It is not those who claim to be His , but those who obey faithfully Him.
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
They deny God not by their belief, not by their faith, not by their hope in comforting scriptures, but by their disobedient actions.
 Romans 8:35
 Romans 8:38-39
 Psalms 103:17-18
 Nehemiah 1:5
 2 Chronicles 6:14
 Amos 3:7
 Titus 1:6