Reflective thoughts on 8:31 through 39. Paul encourages us with words of assurance. If God is for us, does it matter who would be against us? The answer is no. Christians have Satan against them continually, but it does not matter. When God is “in our corner,” Satan cannot be effective. That does not mean he will stop trying, but he will lose because of who God is. Consequently, there is NO third party that can separate us from the love and security of God (cf. 2 Peter 1:5-11)! To get a proper understanding, let us note that two primary points are in view. First, in 8:31-34, Paul speaks of God’s love toward us. When there are those who level accusation against God’s children, it is God who defends (1 John 2:1). In fact, the only one who can level and accusation and it to stick is the Lord Himself. Second, not only does God love us, but what outside force can separate us (8:35)? There is nothing, for those who try to conquer us, in Christ we are the more than conquerors (1 John 5:4)!