The Mount Everest of Romans
Some scholars called Romans 8:28 the Mount Everest of Romans, while others called it the Grand Canyon of Romans. We are standing at the pinnacle of Romans, the lookout with the most breathtaking view of Romans. After all the groanings and moanings in Romans 8: 19-27, we now arrived at the peak. R. A. Torrey called this verse a soft pillow for a tired heart. One scholar said if the book of Romans is a feast, then Romans 8:28 is the main course.
The theme of Roman is the righteousness of God. The outline of Romans is, 1- 3:21, the Wrath of God, 3:22- 8:39, the Grace of God, 9-11, the plan of God, and 12-16, the Will of God.
28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 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. 30 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 is about God’s providential care.
Our Confidence in God’s care: ” And we know that”. And we know with absolute confidence that God cared for us. 2 Peter 5:7, ” Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” We do not know what will happen to us, especially with the dreadful Covid 19 virus lurching in every nooks and corner. We do not when the Lord’s second coming will be but His coming is eminent and can be at any moment. In spite of all that we do not know, we can rest in absolute confidence and certainty of God’s care. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38, ”in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”.
The Completeness of God’s care: ”all things”. Paul did not a few things, certain things, most things, good things, or things that have been prayed over before. There is nothing that is out of reach from God’s providential care. All things ultimately work out for our good. All things include bad things, sad things, bitter things, good things, happy things, and everything. God, through His omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient power, and providential care, causes all things to work for good by directing our life circumstances. Proverbs 3:5, ”trust in the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.
The Synergy of God’s care: ” work together”. God’s care work together in synergy. God brings together all the circumstances of your life to work together in a synergistic way to result in a good out one. The omnipotent God mixed together all things to accomplish His purpose in you, for you, and through you.
The Ultimate Goal of God’s care: ” for good”. Paul did not say, for our comfort, for our prosperity, or for our physical health. When asked why God allowed suffering, Joni Erickson Tada, a wheelchair-bound paraplegic Christian woman for 50 years, replied, ‘’God allowed what he hates to accomplish what he loved’’. God has a goal in mind. He wants us to be conformed to the image of His Son. Romans 8:29 a, ”for those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son”. God is working for you 24/7 behind the scene so that all things happened for you and not to you.
The Recipients of God’s care: ” to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. This is a conditional promise for Christians. The recipients of God’s care are those who are called by God according to His purpose. An example of Romans 8:28 is the life of Joseph. Genesis 50:20, ”But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive”.
The Continuity of God’s care, Romans 8: 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”. God’s eternal care starts from eternity past to eternity future, from predestination to glorification. From eternity past, He foreknew and predestined us. At the present time, He called you and justified you. In eternity future, He will glorify you.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you worked for good in everything that happens to us. Thank you that all things happened for us, and not to us. Amen.