Friday, January 19, 2007

From Life's Storage Box (Romans № 25 Part 1)

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified." (Rom 8.28-30 ESV)

What events and experiences have you pulled from Life's Storage Box? If you're like me, you've pulled both good and evil happenings; things that help and things that hurt. Can God take these several events and use them for a constructive purpose?

For today's Romans' entry we will examine verse 28 of the passage:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
(Rom 8.28)

There is a textual variant here. A. T. Robertson alerts us of the difference in his Word Pictures:

"Rom 8:28 -
All things work together (panta sunergei). A B have ho theos as the subject of sunergei (old verb, see 1Co 16:16; 2Co 6:1). That is the idea anyhow. It is God who makes 'all things work together' in our lives 'for good' (eis agathon), ultimate good."
We could see this variation as:

"And we know that God works all things together for good to them that love God, to them that are [the] called according to his purpose."

It's the same meaning; For those elect in Christ (i.e. the Christians) God works out all of the events of our lives, both good and bad, ultimately to do us good. He uses everything in our lives (including our mistakes and sins) to bring us to the place in Christ where he wants us to be.

We don't know what we will pull from Life's Storage Box until heaven but, rest assured, God is at work.