Romans 8:38-39 Neither Height Nor Depth Shall Separate Us!

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

//To fully understand today’s verse, you must put yourself back in the time of Paul, an age when virtually everyone was concerned about evil spirits. The “angels” in today’s verse clearly refers to evil angels, not good ones. Likewise, “principalities and powers” do not refer, as you might think, to political powers, but to spiritual beings. Principalities and powers are particularly evil beings, very commonly referenced as such in ancient literature.

Paul is saying that all such demons are powerless before Christ. We do not need to worry about the dark forces all around us.

But what does it mean that “height nor depth” cannot separate us from the love of God? Especially when followed by “nor any other creature?” Are height and depth creatures too?

Yes! They refer to astral spirits in astronomical texts. The zenith and nadir, the highest and lowest point of the celestial sphere. Paul is probably referring to every astral spirit from the highest point to the lowest. Perhaps he means everywhere from heaven to hell.

Paul’s claim is that no demon, anywhere, no matter how powerful, can separate us from the love of God.

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