What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?
As if he should say, “Let me then hear no more about the dangers and the malicious devices from every quarter.” For even if some disbelieve the things to come, still they have not a word to say against the good things that have already taken place; as, for instance, the friendship of God towards thee from the first, the justifying, the glory. And yet these things He gave thee by means seemingly distressing. And those things, which you thought to be disgracing, the Cross, scourges, bonds; these are what have set the whole world aright. As then by what Himself suffered, though of aspect forbidding in man’s eye, even by these He affected the liberty and salvation of the whole race; so also is He wont to do in regard to those things, which thou endurest, turning thy sufferings unto glory and renown for thee. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” St. John Chrysostom, Homily XV on the Epistle to the Romans