041 All Things Work Together For Good – Romans 8:28-30

by Dan Horner on September 9, 2013

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This Week:  All Things Work Together For Good 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

– Romans 8:28-30

Some really important points:

    • Some verses are deep and therefore perfect for memorization.  This helps us extract their full meaning over time.
    • Some verses are difficult (like this set) so I decided to use the New King James Version since this translation leans towards an essentially “literal approach” as opposed to a “thought for thought” approach.
    • For more information on Bible Translations, read my article on Choosing A Bible Translation.
    • These verses do not mean that all things that happen to us are good…   Far from it.  It’s a fallen world and there are things we will never be able to understand.  (See Episode 040 Job Asks:  Where is God? and Episode 006 When Troubles Come.)
    • However, this set of verses does tell us that God incorporated us into his plan from the very beginning of time and he is working towards his purpose – redeeming the human race.
    • This plan, put into action through time, is the proof that God is causing all things to work together for good.  Notice how there is a progression from “Called” to “Justified” and finally “Glorified”!  Now that’s “good.”

In case you’re wondering, here are some definitions for some of the more difficult words in this passage:

    • Foreknew – reaches back to the Old Testament when God “chose” his people
    • Predestined – predetermined
    • Called – an effective call that results in faith in the gospel
    • Justified – declared to be right in Gods sight
    • Glorified – receive resurrection bodies, the ultimate state when we are like Christ

Last Thought

You should know that some believe these verses mean that before the beginning of the world, God chose [predestined] certain people to receive his gift of salvation.  Others believe that God foreknew those who would respond to him – who would choose him.

Classically one interpretation emphasizes the Sovereignty of God while the other emphasizes the Responsibility of Man.  From a human standpoint these viewpoints appear to be mutually exclusive.  However, there are strong indications in scripture that both of these statements are true and we can believe both of them through faith.

For a good primer on these two interpretations, I found a great article on About.com that you can find here.  The article isn’t going to try and convince you towards either position, instead it simply explains the view points.  I like that.  The Bible can certainly stand on its own.

Thanks once again for joining me on this journey to memorize key verses out of the Bible.

Remember, just take it slow, you can do this and Memorize the Bible with Me.

If you have a suggestion for a verse to use in the future, feel free to leave your idea as a comment at the bottom of this post or drop me an email at Dan@MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com

Thanks and have a great week!

Dan

Dan@MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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