A farmer went to his banker and announced that he had bad news and good news. “First, the bad news...” “Well,” said the farmer, “I can’t make my mortgage payments. And that crop loan I’ve taken out for the past 10 years-I can’t pay that off, either. Not o … More
The closing verses in this chapter expand more fully the great theme of the believer’s security. We can be sure that God works in “all things” and not just in isolated incidents for our good (v. 28). This does not mean that everything that happens to us is good in itself. Evil is present in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance into long range good. However we need to realize that He is not working just to make us happy, but to fulfill His long range purpose. Also this promise is not for everyone. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called according to His purpose. This is only for those who have trusted in Christ, and not in life’s treasurers; those who look for their security in heaven, not on earth; and those who learn to accept, not resent pain and persecution in this life, because God is with them.
The Holy Spirit is the believer’s continual Prayer Helper, and shares the burden we have. God is at work in the world, and His workings are for our ultimate good and for His glory. He predetermined that we would be like Christ one day. Predestination applies only to saved people, because the Bible does not teach us that God predestines people to be eternally condemned. If they are condemned it is because they refuse to trust Christ. (We find this taught in John 3:18-21). Believers are those God foreknows, and those He foreknew (vv. 29-30). He also predestined them to be conformed to the likeness of Christ. He called, and when they responded to His call and received salvation, He justified them, and He also glorified them. To be glorified is another way of saying that the children of God will be conformed to His Son, and that is God’s ultimate purpose for each one of us.
Today the Holy Spirit helps me pray, and I can know God works all things together for my good. The things themselves may not be good, but God harmonizes all together for my good because His purpose is to bring me to perfection in His presence. Today would be a good time for me to thank God for working all things together for my good and for His glory.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 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. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
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Romans 5:1-11What It Means To Be Acceptable to God
Romans 5:12-21Death in Adam and Life in Christ
Romans 6:1-11Death to Sin, Alive to God
Romans 6:12-18From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God
Romans 6:19-23It is Impossible to Be Neutral
Romans 7:1-13An Example From Marriage
Romans 7:14-25The Battle With Sin
Romans 8:1-11Living by The Power of God’s Spirit
Romans 8:12-17Sonship Through The Spirit
Romans 8:18-27From Suffering to Glory
Romans 8:28-30God Works in "All Things” For Our Good
Romans 8:31-34If God is For Us Who Can be Against Us?
Romans 8:35-37God’s Everlasting Love
Romans 8:38-39It is Impossible to Separate Us From Christ
Romans 9:1-13Israel’s Rejection of Christ
Romans 9:14-24God’s Anger And Mercy
Romans 9:25-33The Stone That Made People Stumble
Romans 10:1-4Israel Needs The Gospel
Romans 10:5-13Anyone Can be Saved
Romans 10:14-21Israel Rejects The Gospel
Romans 11:1-12God Has Not Rejected His People
Romans 11:13-24Gentiles Will be Saved
Romans 11:25-36The People of Israel Will be Brought Back