Breaking Down the Promise – Romans 8:28

Posted: March 14, 2015 in Christian
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I believe every word in Scripture has a purpose.  I also find it interesting that when we look at a verse and break it down to its component words, the meaning sometimes comes even more alive.  So, today let’s break down one of my favorite promises in Scripture.

“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.” Romans 8:28

  • “And…” – It is a connecting word.  The promise of verse 28 is connected to something in verse 27, the reason this promise is true. (Romans 8:27 – “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”) – Jesus, Himself is praying for us.  Therefore…
  • “…we…” – You, me, all of us.
  • “…know…” – Absolute truth, we can rely upon.
  • “…that all…” – Any and every.
  • “…things…” – Events, occurrences, situations.
  • “…work…” – Specific action of God.
  • “…together…” – Everything is part of God’s plan for you.
  • “…for good…” – God desires the absolute best for you. May I remind you of Jeremiah 29:11?
  • “…to those…” – This is a specific promise with specific recipients.
  • “…who love…” – Our primary responsibility.
  • “…God…” – The One, the Only, the Creator.
  • “… , …” – Just like that connecting word at the beginning.
  • “…to those…” – Reminder, this is a specific promise with specific recipients.
  • “…who are the called…” – The specific recipients.
  • “…according to…” – The specific recipients are those who are following after…
  • “…His purpose.” – Our purpose belongs to God.

So, what do we have? We have a promise from God, Himself, secured by our perfect intercessor, Jesus Christ, that guarantees every event, occurrence and situation in our life is part of God’s plan for us and for our good in fulfilling His purpose for us.

No event, no occurrence, no situation in our individual lives distracts God from His purposeful calling for us, nor from His desire to provide His absolutely best for us.  We may not always feel this is the case.  It is best for us to remember, our perspective on our circumstances is different than God’s.

God defines “for good” from the perspective of our eternity.  Our perspective is often limited to the present moment.

It is all things working together for our good that refines our calling according to His purpose.  It is our calling according to His purpose that defines all things working together for our good.  There is the paradox of the promise.


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