Be aware that Matthew use the term "called" (kletos) slightly differently than it is used in the epistles. Trust Him. Amen. Recalling his boyhood days, Randy tells how he often watched his mother bake cakes. (2)it is without any merit on the part of the sinner - a purpose to save him by grace; 2 Timothy 1:9. We obey because we love our Heavenly Father. 1:9; 7:15, 17; Gal. God never is before his time, and never is behind.". It is not a blanket promise to the whole human race, because God's purpose is to make His children one day like His beloved Son. Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. In fact, He is able to take even those things meant for evil and make them work for good. Follow-up - 3 years later - her anorexia is improved but she is still not well and definitely seems to have some type of mental illness - but God has enabled me to now be her full time caregiver and to do it with His grace and power - PTL!) In the King James version God is way down at the end of the phrase. All things might work for my pleasure and yet might all work my ruin. No. That is, when tragedy strikes, if we can't see a purpose, we assume there isn't one. It implies that God had a plan, purpose, or intention, in regard to all who became Christians. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading part of the book. It is not said that all things shall work for good, but that συνεργει, they work now in the behalf of him who loveth now, αγαπωσι ; for both verbs are in the present tense. When a man came to fix the organ, Gruber tested it by playing the new song. Romans: Tyndale House Publishers). In God, however, purpose is absolute,—wholly apart from contingencies. I am reassured to realize that no matter what someone might do to harm me, the Lord is able to turn it into my benefit and His glory. As we have seen in 5:3 – 4, God uses suffering to build Christian character in us, conform us to Christ, and prepare us for final glory. That he has such a purpose in regard to the salvation of his people, is often affirmed; Romans 9:11; Ephesians 1:11; Ephesians 3:11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Jeremiah 51:29. When we reflect on the innumerable “things” about us,—forces seen and unseen of the mineral, vegetable, and animal worlds; of man at enmity with God; of Satan, and his principalities and powers, in deadly array; in the uncertainty and even treachery of those near and dear to us, and even of professed Christians, and of our own selves,—which we cannot trust for a moment; upon our unredeemed bodies; upon our general complete helplessness:—then, to have God say, “All things are working together for your good,”—reveals to us a Divine providence that is absolutely limitless! That's almost always a bad idea. Our being called or invited, according to God's purpose, proves that all things work for our good, on the supposition that we love God, and not otherwise. Our calling he takes for granted, as a thing evident and unquestionable among all Christians. Our poor minds may not “reconcile” them both, but our faith knows them both, and holds both, to be true! Love for Christ is demonstrated by obedience to His Word (see below), and those who refuse to keep His commandments are liars if they claim to know Christ for John teaches that.. And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep (present tense) His commandments. Everything that happens to you is for your own good. In a devotional from Our Daily Bread we read - Romans 8:28--how easily and how often this Bible reference rolls off our tongues! All things - All our afflictions and trials; all the persecutions and calamities to which we are exposed. They are further described, as such. “Unto you, O men, I call”; for this would be an appeal to man’s will instead of a description of those who are the objects of God’s will, His purpose. Nowhere in Scripture do we read that God causes sin or evil. <>/F 4/A<>/StructParent 0>> ��'��ߠ;���`saƒh؝���5x�CI�z��0�O����HIփ���qf�K'B���E�l��Ⱥ�m��64�.�p y�� f�pP-��a�&�G_��} �(Q��H�R�%ߑ�i�K��P�p�v0�ɀ�v�8�A����&�l�_�2B�!&:j��D��T��m�1S. For our loving God, or making a due improvement of our calling, is evidently inserted by the apostle to make good his argument. So it is in the providence of God that we learn more in the darkness than we do in the light. 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. 4:1, 4; 2 Tim. Romans 8:29 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. The right school did not accept us. (John 14:23). After a moment's reflection, the applicant responded, "Nope, but a bronc did kick in two of my ribs last summer, and a couple of years ago a rattlesnake bit me on the ankle." Even more than suffering and temptation, sin is not good in itself, because it is the antithesis of good. … of a father whose son was killed in a terrible accident. For all she had to say. "Naw," the cowboy said, "they did it on purpose!" klētosis sometimes used to denote an external invitation, offer, or calling; prothesismeans properly a proposition, or a laying down anything in view of others; and is thus applied to the bread that was laid on the table of show-bread; 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 -, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Corinthians, First and Second, Theology of. And what is synergy? (Romans 8) (Bolding added), Newell qualifies "the called" writing that…, Called here (in Romans 8:28) does not mean invited,—as in Proverbs, for instance. Do All Things Really Work Together for the Good? B., et al. He does not pretend to prove that all things shall concur to the everlasting happiness of all that are called; but only to those of the called who love God. Chicago: Moody Press) (Bolding added), Albert Barnes comments on "work together for good" writing that these things - They shall co-operate; they shall mutually contribute to our good. There was a great theologian in the past by the name of Simeon. Call on the Lord today. At other times, serious business losses bring such distress that people are driven to seek riches that are more enduring than gold, a competence that is more reliable than profits, and a comfort that is more genuine and lasting than wealth. Note that Romans 8:28 does not promise that all things work together for good for all people. N      New Adam (Romans 5:12-21) – We are children of two “Adams” Newell elaborates on purpose noting that prothesis…, is used twelve times in the New Testament. Unless we realize that God Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven. --R W De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. This purpose of saving his people is,(1)One over which a creature can have no control; it is according to the counsel of his own will; Ephesians 1:11. All things, however contrary to us, are under His control. Nashville: Thomas Nelson), promises that nothing will touch our lives that is not under the control and direction of our loving heavenly Father. THAT GOD CAUSES ALL THINGS TO WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD: hoti tois agaposin (PAPMPD) ton theon panta sunergei (3SPAI) eis agathon: God causes… good - I usually quickly pass by this word "causes," but this word and this phrase testify triumphantly to the truth that our God is a Mighty God, a God Who is Able, a God Who is Sovereign over all things and all times and a God Who is Providentially powerful and all knowing even when our world seems to be falling apart!