Romans 8:28 promises us, all things work together for good but does this promise apply to you? Who can claim this promise? The verse gives us two qualifications. To those who love God and those who are called according to his purpose.
How do we know we love God? What does it mean to love God? Are all called? Are you called? What does “according to his purpose” mean? We must settle these questions before we can apply the promise, “all things work together for good.”
Truly not one of us gives God the love he deserves and demands. It’s only by the Spirit that we can please God. We must rest in God who provides all things. If you are a Christian, God supplies our needs and our biggest need is to love him.
There are two types of people in this world, those who love God and those who hate God. Which are you? Should we dare to examine ourselves, we will find those who have his Spirit love Him through his Spirit.
The second part of the condition fulfils the first part. Those who are called according to his purpose love him. God’s purpose always stands and is always fulfilled. This verse and the following Golden Chain are essential to our assurance.
Do we serve a God who is hoping for things to work out? Is he sitting in heaven with his fingers crossed? Can the created trump the will of God? No! If this were the case the world would be in peril, there would be no hope for anyone. Our God is great and all things work together for our good.
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Rom 8:28-30 ESV And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (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. (30) And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Sermon preached by Pastor Bryan Walker at One Way Christian Center Church in Olustee, OK on April 6, 2014.
- Romans 8:28 - 30