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All Things Good

December 8, 2009

Romans 8:28-30 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.

The Apostle Pauls words in the above text are quite prodigious for many reasons, but my focus is on how encouraging these words should be to the christian. Taking a close look at verses 29 and 30 will reveal the extent of  the Apostle Pauls encouraging words in verse 28. The question one must ask themselves is how can I know that all things will together for good, Paul gives us the answer. Paul says God foreknew us and those who He foreknew He predestined to be conformed to Christs image, both things good. Paul continues to say that those He predestined He also called (All things work together for good to those who are called) and those He called He also justified (present stance before God), both things good. In summation Paul says, and whom He justified these He also glorified (future stance before God); revealing the ultimate good. So in effect what Paul is showing us is that for those who have been called by God it’s been good since the beginning because he foreknew, predestined, called, and justified you and it will be good for those who are called in the end because He has already chosen to glorify you. So because it has been good from beginning and will be good in the end, everything in the middle (what we don’t know and see) will work together for good. The encouragment for us lies in the never slumbering sovereignty and providence of Almighty God, who watches over us and keeps us until that Day. If God started the work in us, He will surley finish it.

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