It is a glorious phrase that “he led captivity captive”
The very triumphs for his foes it means – he used for their defeat
He had compelled their dark achievements to subserve his ends – not theirs
They nailed him to the tree not knowing by that very act they were bringing the world to his feet
They gave him a cross, not guessing that he would make it a throne
They flung him outside the city gates to die, not knowing that at that very moment they were lifting up all the gates of the universe to let the King of Glory come in
They thought to root out his doctrine not understanding that they were implanting imperishably in the hearts of men the very Name they intended to destroy
They thought they had God with his back to the wall, pinned, and helpless, and defeated.
They did not know it was God himself who had tracked them down to that point
Jesus did not conquer in spite of the dark mystery of evil
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who then is the one who condemns?
Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.