The last few verses of the fifth chapter of his letter to the Romans make evident the fact that the Apostle Paul was convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that no phase of evil, irrespective of its appearance, its forebodings, or its insistence, could divorce his thought from the assurance of the allness, the unchangeableness, and the ever-availability of God, good. In a tone that would imply a challenge to anything that would attempt to undermine and shatter this confidence, he writes, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" And then he enumerates a few of the suggestions of the carnal mind that would attempt to do this very thing, saying, "Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" With a deep assurance of victory gained through mastery of these and other phases of mortal thinking, he displays a confidence which should inspire true Christians throughout all time.
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