Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
In the early era, any martial artist who declared himself or was touted by other as ‘the best’ was very likely to be challenged to a duel at some point. There was always a desire to establish then who was on top. These ‘masters’ were however not concerned about the constant duels because they trusted their skills were second to none.
If God is for us, who can be against us? These words of Saint Paul may have sounded like a question soliciting answers, but was it really one of such? It is a no brainer that in this world, there is darkness and light, good and evil- there is contrast with clear evidence of the side on which God stands. Yet, we recall Jesus telling his disciples ‘Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters’. (Matthew 12:30)
So, if we were actually to get literal, of course many things are against us. So who can be against us? Everything that is against Christ! We rather ought to be wondering why Paul still used those words in spite of the certainty of antagonists in our walk? The answer lies in one word which could be introduced before ‘against’ in the text. The amplified version reads “who can [successful] be against us?”.
In the call of Jeremiah, God made him aware
“Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord(Jer 1:18-19)
Likewise, our opposition is already present, but we walk with the assurance that ‘He has overcome the world, He has won the victory’. So no one can [successfully] be against us.