often hear people quote Romans 8:28 and want to ask them, do you really know what it means?
It’s not just a flippant verse to throw at somebody and say “God says all things work together for good”.
You know, if things don’t go the way you’ve planned or you just lost your job, or maybe loved ones that have died of cancer, as in my life, we sometimes hear these words, “All things work together for good ”.
The bible doesn’t say that at all.
What does the bible say?
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
There are a few things we can learn about this verse.
- We can’t divorce verse 28 from the following verses. Romans 8:29-31.
- All things work together for good to those who love God.
- To those who are called according to His purpose.
Who’s the “We”?
In Romans 8:28, it says “and we know”.
What do we know?
Look at Romans 8:29-30.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Romans 8:29-30
The “for those “ are the “We”.
It says in Romans 8:29-30, for those…
- He foreknew,
- He predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
- He also called; and these whom He called,
- He also justified; and these whom He justified,
- He also glorified
What do we know?
5 things for sure!
- We know that He foreknew us before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4
- We know that He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:5
- We know that He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 2 Timothy 1:9
- We know having now been justified by His blood; we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:9
- We know this very thing that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus and we will be made into the image of Christ. Philippians 1:6, Philippians 3:21
After knowing what we know now, we can now say with confidence and clarity that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. The “those” who love God are the ones Foreknown, Predestined, Called, Justified and Glorified.
Because we’re chosen by grace through faith in Christ and redeemed by His blood, we now walk by faith in the One who saved us. So while we are passing through this world, experiencing the “All Things”, knowing they are working together by God’s Sovereignty and His holy providence for the good of those who love and belong to Him.
I know one thing, He never promises us a rose garden in this world, but He will help us tip toe through the tulips. Even though we will suffer hardships, He promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. 2 Timothy 2:3. Hebrews 13:5.
When we are going through some pain in our lives, some trial or heartache, know that our Father the sovereign God of the universe is in control of all things, causing it to work for our good.
You see? All things are done according to His purpose, “All Things”.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.1 Peter 5:10.
Right now we experience pain, suffering, persecution, troubles and trials, but soon, God ultimately and certainly brings us to glory, where all our tears will be wiped away, there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain. Revelation 21:4
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria