FOR OUR GOOD
". . . . we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose." Romans 8:28
At the onset, we need to settle that this is written to specific
ones, and not to all people. It was inspired of God, and written
by Paul to those called to be saints at Rome. This would exclude those
who are so tarnished by the sex scandals and their continual corrupt
concepts. These were folks that we would call Baptists, in present day.
Let's get a clear identity of them:
(a) They are ". . . them that love God, . . .", vs.28. They are NOT
that large ratio of the population who are elsewhere than "church"
on Sundays. ARE those that attend some church who are regenerated by
the Lord upon their repentance concerning sin, and have faith towards
the Lord, Acts 20:21.
(b) They are ". . . them who are the called according to his purpose.",
vs. 28 of our text. Jesus made it clear that it was more than lip
service: ". . . why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things
which I say?", Luke 6:46. Jesus wants those who are doers of what
". . . all things work together for good to them that love God, . . ."
vs. 28. To these saints at Rome, and all we to whom these inspired Words
were preserved, he talks about 'happenings' that cross our paths. Some
ancient authorities read this as: "God worketh all things with them for
good". I'll not argue the point, but that is the way I understand it.
They are not all good doings but He works them together for good to
His own. It is such a joy to have such a caring, powerful One as the
Master of our life here.
Think what it WILL be like when, in eternity, it will be ONLY that
which is good, wholesome, and we will have much to thank Him for and
much to sing about in that fair land beyond. DDH.
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