Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 1 God has a destination for His people, 2. This is a foundational verse leading us to trust our Sovereign God with all our life knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that all things will work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose. Perhaps I should discontinue payment on my mortgage using the excuse that God has promised me all things freely. He promptly answers in verse 25: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”. Have a comment or question? Further into the context James tell us in verse 19: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. "Ho! Below are the definitions provided from www.blueletterbible.org. "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. The expression “work together” comes from a rather interesting Greek word. ‘Ye are of God, little children’, and the whole world lieth in the wicked one’. For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. When Paul, in Romans 8:28 says “and we know…” he is implying this is something that we can easily know and comprehend. It is simply an attempt to EXPLAIN the text based on the definitions of words in the verse, and the context of the chapter the verse appears in. Rebecca is a mother of twins and a part time youth ministry coordinator. These are the same individuals who the Spirit makes intercession for according to the will of God. "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Paul has just described his dual nature and the fact that he is still a sinner even after being born again. var suffix = ''; "Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me. I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? YES! This word occurs 1243 times in the New Testament and is translated a variety of ways. And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. "I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master ' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. They work together in PERFECT harmony. (NIV translation). and what communion hath light with darkness? He goes on to instruct them to mortify (kill) the deeds of the body (their flesh and its nature). document.write( '' ); For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. And though creation, including believers, may suffer greatly now, no suffering can compare with our future glory (Romans 8.18-25). Something surely is working together. but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. God is good, wickedness is NOT of God, period. Let me present a question to you. Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. These letters were in paragraph form as a flowing thought or theme from sentence to sentence. … Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called. that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, 'YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.' This interpretation of Romans 8:28 is in no way an attempt to “explain away” the text. Romans 8:28 – Recap of the theme and providence. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I baked a cake today, in preparation for a combined devotional-plus-Bible-object-lesson tomorrow morning. She has a PhD in religious studies from McMaster University and knows everything there is to know about the doctrine of the atonement in the writings of C.S. "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. ‘then went all Judea, and were baptized of him in Jordan.’ Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem, baptized in Jordan?