There are times when He presses us forward into prayer, into service, into suffering, into new experiences, new duties, new claims of faith, and hope, and love, but there are times when He arrests us in our activity, and rests us under His overshadowing wing, and quiets us in the secret place of the Most High, teaching us some new lessons, breathing … Rev. The life of Jesus Christ brought into our heart by the Holy Spirit, operates there as a new law of divine strength and vitality, and counteracts, overcomes and lifts us above the old law of sin and death. Let us illustrate these two laws by a simple comparison. Look at my hand.
That all things - Ease or pain, poverty or riches, and the ten thousand changes of life. Work together for good - Strongly and sweetly for spiritual and eternal good. To them that are called according to his purpose - His gracious design of saving a lost world by the death of his Son.
This is a new proposition. Paul, being about to recapitulate the whole blessing contained in justification, termed glorification, Rom 8: To explain this nearly in the words of an eminent writer a little more at large: Having observed this in ourselves, we are ready to apply it to God also; and he, in condescension to us has applied it to himself.
The works of providence and redemption are vast and stupendous, and therefore we are apt to conceive of God as deliberating and consulting on them, and then decreeing to act according to the counsel of his own will; as if, long before the world was made, he had been concerting measures both as to the making and governing of it, and had then writ down his decrees, which altered not, any more than the laws of the Medes and Persians.
Whereas, to take this consulting and decreeing in a literal sense, would be the same absurdity as to ascribe a real human body and human passions to the ever - blessed God. This is only a popular representation of his infallible knowledge and unchangeable wisdom; that is, he does all things as wisely as a man can possibly do, after the deepest consultation, and as steadily pursues the most proper method as one can do who has laid a scheme beforehand.
But then, though the effects be such as would argue consultation and consequent decrees in man, yet what need of a moment's consultation in Him who sees all things at one view?
Nor had God any more occasion to pause and deliberate, and lay down rules for his own conduct from all eternity, than he has now.
What was there any fear of his mistaking afterwards, if he had not beforehand prepared decrees, to direct him what he was to do? Will any man say, he was wiser before the creation than since?
He has doubtless the same wisdom and all other perfections at this day which he had from eternity; and is now as capable of making decrees, or rather has no more occasion for them now than formerly: People's Bible Notes for Romans 8: The third ground of encouragement to saints in suffering is now given.
To them, under God's providence, all things, even their sorrows, trials and persecutions, work together for blessing. This precious assurance is not to all mankind, saint and sinner, but is limited to a class.
To them that love God.
These are those who enjoy the blessed assurance just given. Notice the order in the Revised Version, which is the order of the Greek, "to them that love God all things work together for good". The love of God is the very foundation of the Christian life.
The expression, "them that love God", is synonymous with "Followers of Christ".The promise that God works all things together for good does not mean that all things, taken by themselves, are good.
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This passage is surely one of the most precious to the child of God, fondly embraced in times of trial.