For these things (pro tauta). From Colossians 8:12 on Paul has made a triumphant presentation of the reasons for the certainty of final sanctification of the sons of God. He has reached the climax with glorification (edoxasen in verse Colossians 30 ). But Paul lets the objector have his say as he usually does so that in verses Colossians 31-39 he considers the objections. If God is for us, who is against us? (ei o qeo uper hmwn, ti kaq hmwn?). This condition of the first class carries Paul's challenge to all doubters. There is no one on a par with God. Note the two prepositions in contrast (uper, over, kata, down or against).