Romans 8:33
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New International Version
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.

New Living Translation
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one--for God himself has given us right standing with himself.

English Standard Version
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

Berean Study Bible
Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

Berean Literal Bible
Who will bring an accusation against the elect of God? God is the One justifying.

New American Standard Bible
Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies;

King James Bible
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who can bring an accusation against God's elect? God is the One who justifies.

International Standard Version
Who will accuse God's elect? It is God who justifies!

NET Bible
Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

New Heart English Bible
Who could bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who justifies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who shall accuse The Elect of God? God is He Who declares righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who will accuse those whom God has chosen? God has approved of them.

New American Standard 1977
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who shall accuse the chosen of God's? God is he that justifies them.

King James 2000 Bible
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies.

American King James Version
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies.

American Standard Version
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who shall accuse against the elect of God? God that justifieth.

Darby Bible Translation
Who shall bring an accusation against God's elect? [It is] God who justifies:

English Revised Version
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who will lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth:

Weymouth New Testament
Who shall impeach those whom God has chosen? God declares them free from guilt.

World English Bible
Who could bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who justifies.

Young's Literal Translation
Who shall lay a charge against the choice ones of God? God is He that is declaring righteous,
Study Bible
God Works In All Things
32He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God—and He is interceding for us.…
Cross References
Isaiah 50:8
He who vindicates Me is near; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand up to each other; Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me.

Luke 18:7
Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help?
Treasury of Scripture

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies.

Who.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

Job 1:9-11 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Does Job fear God for nothing…

Job 2:4-6 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that …

Job 22:6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped …

Job 34:8,9 Which goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men…

Job 42:7-9 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, …

Psalm 35:11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue …

Zechariah 3:1-4 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel …

Revelation 12:10,11 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, …

of God's.

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall …

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

1 Thessalonians 1:4 Knowing, brothers beloved, your election of God.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification …

It is.

Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might …

Isaiah 50:8,9 He is near that justifies me; who will contend with me? let us stand …

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen …

Revelation 12:10,11 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, …

(33, 34) Who shall lay any thing . . .?--The punctuation and arrangement of these clauses are somewhat difficult. It seems best on the whole to connect together the two clauses at the end of Romans 8:33, and beginning of Romans 8:34. The whole passage to the end of the chapter will then form a continuous proof of the certainty that all things shall be freely given to the Christian. Nothing can frustrate this: either on the side of God, for when He justifies none can condemn; or on the side of Christy whose death, and resurrection, and ascension, and intercession are pledges that nothing can separate us from His love.

What have we to fear? When God pronounces our acquittal there is none who can pronounce our condemnation. Literally, God is He who justifies, who then can condemn? And answering to this in the next verse we have, Christ is He that died, &c. This is the two-fold answer to the question, "Who shall come forward to accuse God's elect?" It is a conclusive reply to this to state the relation in which the accused stand to God and to Christ.

God's elect.--Christians as such with especial reference to the process which the Apostle has been describing in Romans 8:29-30.

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?.... The elect of God are a certain select number of persons, whom he has so loved, as of his sovereign good will and pleasure, to choose in Christ before the foundation of the world, unto eternal life and salvation, by certain ways and means of his own appointing, as sanctification and faith, so that they are peculiarly his: but are these persons chargeable with nothing criminal? yes, with Adam's sin; with a want of original righteousness; with multitudes of sins before conversion, some of them with very great ones; and all, even after conversion, with frequent infirmities and backslidings: and will none rise up and exhibit charges of this nature against them? yes, even now, they very often bring charges against themselves; they are very apt to charge one another; Satan, the accuser of the brethren, lays many things to their charge very frequently, and so do the men of the world; but all these charges avail nothing, since none of the divine persons, Father, Son, and Spirit, lay anything against them: not God the Father, for

it is God that justifieth; he against whom sin is committed, who is the lawgiver, and the righteous judge, justifies them from every charge; not by teaching them the way of justification, nor by infusing righteousness into them, or on account of any works of righteousness done by them, but by pronouncing them righteous through the imputation of the righteousness of his Son unto them: observe, that "God's elect", as such, are the objects of justification; which proves the eternity of it; the speciality of it as belonging to particular persons, and the everlasting security and continuance of it. 33, 34. Who shall lay anything to the charge of—or, "bring any charge against."

God's elect?—the first place in this Epistle where believers are styled "the elect." In what sense this is meant will appear in next chapter.8:32-39 All things whatever, in heaven and earth, are not so great a display of God's free love, as the gift of his coequal Son to be the atonement on the cross for the sin of man; and all the rest follows upon union with him, and interest in him. All things, all which can be the causes or means of any real good to the faithful Christian. He that has prepared a crown and a kingdom for us, will give us what we need in the way to it. Men may justify themselves, though the accusations are in full force against them; but if God justifies, that answers all. By Christ we are thus secured. By the merit of his death he paid our debt. Yea, rather that is risen again. This is convincing evidence that Divine justice was satisfied. We have such a Friend at the right hand of God; all power is given to him. He is there, making intercession. Believer! does your soul say within you, Oh that he were mine! and oh that I were his; that I could please him and live to him! Then do not toss your spirit and perplex your thoughts in fruitless, endless doubtings, but as you are convinced of ungodliness, believe on Him who justifies the ungodly. You are condemned, yet Christ is dead and risen. Flee to Him as such. God having manifested his love in giving his own Son for us, can we think that any thing should turn aside or do away that love? Troubles neither cause nor show any abatement of his love. Whatever believers may be separated from, enough remains. None can take Christ from the believer: none can take the believer from Him; and that is enough. All other hazards signify nothing. Alas, poor sinners! though you abound with the possessions of this world, what vain things are they! Can you say of any of them, Who shall separate us? You may be removed from pleasant dwellings, and friends, and estates. You may even live to see and seek your parting. At last you must part, for you must die. Then farewell, all this world accounts most valuable. And what hast thou left, poor soul, who hast not Christ, but that which thou wouldest gladly part with, and canst not; the condemning guilt of all thy sins! But the soul that is in Christ, when other things are pulled away, cleaves to Christ, and these separations pain him not. Yea, when death comes, that breaks all other unions, even that of the soul and body, it carries the believer's soul into the nearest union with its beloved Lord Jesus, and the full enjoyment of him for ever.
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