But I was none the wiser, When things break or when plans change, how should we respond? Warren Wiersbe states that God, "proves His sovereignty, not by intervening constantly and preventing these events, but by ruling and overruling them so that even tragedies end up accomplishing His ultimate purposes", C H Spurgeon writes the following devotional on this verse…, Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. (MacArthur, J: Romans 1-8. The next morning he was awakened by rescuers. That same day Dr. Caldwell and his wife met with a tragic car-train accident. Conclusion of the argument: the Apostle glories in the assurance of God's eternal and unchangeable love in Jesus Christ. ), then it follows that God must be over all things and must control all things. But, oh, the lessons I did learn It is not said that all things shall work for good, but that. (Tom Constable's Expository Notes on the Bible) (Bolding added), The “all things,” while applying to circumstances in general, has special reference to those of adversity, as indicated in the context. There was a great theologian in the past by the name of Simeon. It includes your present trouble, your aching head, your heavy heart: “all things.” “All things work.” There is nothing idle in God’s domain. You can know beyond all doubting, Here, then, is the proper balance between human responsibility and divine sovereignty: the “called” who reject the invitation do so willingly, and therefore their exclusion from the kingdom is perfectly just. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading the book. In the other two versions, God is at the beginning. For, as Paul said earlier in the same chapter, “For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us” (Ro 8:18, NET). 9:24; 1 Cor. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. The comforting truth of Romans 8:28 is based especially on God's sovereignty. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. x��\[o�8~�����1+��.�"@�N:�� 3�����>8�{c[^�i���R7K�k��h"K��|�B:���z�b>�����NO�٧s��㣀�/!X?�4dEv|����������݅`B�4b���G��H�U��@��%��|������J[�~�||�w��d�j�Oo�Ko������[���?���d�gyYY�%>a�9�Z.�g��L����]9>���������9c�~�,,X� �d{��:��c]^v���A�|�2�Z�(Q\'����%���C�%�Q�a�/��H�T�fd␤V 4���Ó�C��j'����� ��e�K��(�BY��%��G_y+_{p��+g{�� ��#��|����#o���׍�;wĥ\�c��RJ�Ũ|����`M������\���N���̰k"� The liquid may be disagreeable to the taste, but it is for the sick person's good. endobj Newell elaborates on purpose noting that prothesis…, is used twelve times in the New Testament. In short, Paul assures the Roman Christians that they are called. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. A Christmas story of how all things work together for good… It was Christmas Eve in Oberndorf, Austria, in 1818. Note that Paul does not say that "all things are good" but "all things work together for good." We must be assured in our hearts that He is working out good things for us. Wuest: And we know with an absolute knowledge that for those who are loving God, all things are working together resulting in good, for those who are divinely-summoned ones according to His purpose. That's the final piece of the puzzle. If we are honest, all of us have been there (e.g., I have found myself going there from time to time over the past 6 months as my wife of 45 years is suffering from anorexia nervosa, depression, temporo-mandibular joint disease making her anorexia all the more difficult and most recently at age 66 is exhibiting signs of dementia. In fact, He is able to take even those things meant for evil and make them work for good. Romans 8:27 Romans 8:29 And we know that all things work together for good There is a temporal good, and a spiritual good, and an eternal one. He said, “God’s part was the saving, and my part was the sinning. (1) No condemnation. Psalms 97:10 (See Spurgeon's note), The LORD keeps all who love Him; but all the wicked, He will destroy. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 29 For those whom he jforeknew he also kpredestined lto be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be mthe firstborn among many brothers. Later he said to his brothers, "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about, as it is this day, to save many people alive" (Gen. 50:20). He is just and He is loving, and anything my God does is right. 1:9, Phil. ◄ Romans 8:28 ► And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. She chattered all the way. “All things work together for good” — for lasting and eternal good, — “to them that love God,” that is their outward character. The strangest ingredients go to make up the one matchless medicine for all our maladies. Such people have a new perspective on life. among the persons who are invited to feast on the covenant sacrifice, and who thus, in reference to themselves, confirm and ratify the covenant. It never came. And we know - This verse introduces another source of consolation and support, drawn from the fact that all flyings are under the direction of an infinitely wise Being, who has purposed the salvation of the Christian, and who has so appointed all things that they shall contribute to it. (Romans 8) (Bolding added), "So, my friend, you can argue about election all you want to, but you can come. 4 0 obj As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance (1Pe 1:14-note). And whatever troubles, or afflictions, or persecutions may arise, God presses them into their service; and they make a part of the general working, and are caused to contribute to the general good of the person who now loves God, and who is working by faith and love under the influence and operation of the Holy Ghost. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Lessons Series) for Sunday, August 7, 2016, is from Romans 8:28-39. In the King James version God is way down at the end of the phrase. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[ a] for those who are called according to his purpose. Is that our only hope? Someone may ask, “You mean that if I’m not the elect I can still come?” My friend, if you come, you will be the elect. "Wouldn't you call those accidents?" Though afflictions in themselves are evil, yet in their effects as overruled and directed by God, they are useful. who are the called according to his purpose. O      Offer  (Romans 3:21-31) – God’s offer of justification by grace Now do not seek to mix these two things; and still more emphatically we say, do not try to “reconcile” them! Crossway Books. But the good man quietly remarked, "I have no doubt but that even this painful accident will prove to be a blessing.". Thus without a murmur, drink it all and say with your Savior, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”.