The first reading asks, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
That is comparing a deep friendship with God with an influential friendship you might have with the mayor and the chief of police. Everyone knows it would be insanity to make any move against you. Your influential friends are a guaranty that no one can touch you.
If you have been true to God he will be your influential friend, and no one would dare touch you. Neither anguish, or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness, or peril or the sword will separate you from the love of Christ.
Your influence with God is so great that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.