The Great Promise of Romans 8:32

I have been reading through Romans lately as general preparation for my teaching ministry at my church. My goal has not been to do detailed exegesis, but rather simply to familiarize myself with the text anew, since it has been a number of years since I studied Romans carefully. I have been struck often by texts that I know already, but in the process of reading they have appeared to me anew as fresh and poignant.

One such text was Romans 8:32. Here it is from the NET Bible:

Indeed, he 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?

What struck me about this is the qal wahomer argument, that is, arguing from the lesser to the greater. In this form of argument, the author posits that if something applies in a lesser situation, then it also applies in a greater situation. What is striking here is that Paul places the offering of Jesus on the cross for our sins as the lesser part of the argument. If God graciously sacrificed Jesus, Paul argues that God will surely give us all things necessary for life and salvation. Among other things, this passage readily applies to the security of the believer. If God gave up Jesus for our salvation, he will surely give us all things to bring us to final glorification.