romans_8-28

I find verse 28 to be a summary verse:
(Rom 8:28) 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.
All things work ‘together’
Jesus, help me work together with your people and with you.’
The first question that comes to my mind is am I working together with Jesus?
Am I participating with Him to further the kingdom to bring His kingdom on earth. Or am I resisting.
Am I blocking and rebelling? I can try to take away the kingdom but the kingdom will not be stopped.

I do not love the flippant interpretation of this verse that easily dispatches all evil as somehow working out in God’s favor and eventually my favor. I hate when people speak this verse at a funeral.

I see in this verse the unification of the three core virtues that we are supossed to possess: faith, hope and love.

in one practical sentence Paul speaks of the faith in Jesus, the hope of good coming and the love that we have for Him.

Love works, faith works, and hope works.
Even better: the love of Jesus works, faith in Jesus works and hope of Him works.
It is not for me to tell someone this verse and be proud that I have an answer for them. I do not have an answer for their grief. It is for me to examine the levels of faith, hope and love that I am working out in my own life. Am I demonstrating faith, hope and love to the people around me?

Do I really believe? Do I really hope? Do I really love?
In what ways can I do better? What is God telling me that He is activating and increasing for me to conform to?
Where have I failed? ‘Jesus, forgive me for not having the faith, hope, and love that you have provided. Help me join in to your powerful ways.
Furthering the kingdom does not come quickly by me pronouncing what you need to do but by me making the decisions to conform to His word.

Come and see.
I love going with Jesus to see where He lives.

(John 1:38) Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said unto them, What seek you? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Teacher,) where do you dwell?
(John 1:39) He said unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

I realize I have left a lot to the imagination and have not tied this up in an easily understood bow, I am sorry. That is not how my mind works. There is Jesus. Seek Him and you will find. Come to Him and you will see where He lives.
I trust that He will pursue you as He has pursued me relentlessly. Nothing can stop Him.
What a difference between His love and human love. It seems that people who love me are easily frustrated and give up at the first sign of difficulty.

Sure I can get bogged down by thinking I don’t really have a choice. Obviously I do. Andrew could have went somewhere else when Jesus said, ‘come and see’ But he didn’t want to. God knows what we want better than we know.

It’s not about protecting the freedom of choice. It’s about life. Real freedom comes after I am made alive in Jesus. How can I be free if I don’t know the truth. Or how can I make choices without knowing all the options?
It’s like a blind man being led to a fork in the road. Which path do you choose? How can He make a free choice? The one who sees just watched Jesus walk up the path on the right and sees the green grass and vibrant fruit on the right path. This decision is easier and well informed.

Freedom to do what I want when I want is not freedom at all but only enslavement to my body and the world of selfishness.
True freedom gives me strength to serve when I don’t want to serve. To conquer the mean person with love. To win them over as well.

I guess it’s OK with me to leave out some of the richness and depth of Romans 8, because I know I can’t even come close to plumbing the bottom of it.

I will end where I have come so far.
Jesus has the victory.
(Rom 8:31) What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Rom 8:37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

 
I will include a brief breakdown of Romans 8 into Faith, hope and love:
Love

(Rom 8:1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(Rom 8:1 NET) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
(Rom 8:14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
(Rom 8:15) For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, Abba, Father.
(Rom 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helps our weakness: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
(Rom 8:27) And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
(Rom 8:28) 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 8:37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
(Rom 8:38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
(Rom 8:39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hope

(Rom 8:19) For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.
(Rom 8:20) For the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope,
(Rom 8:21) Because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
(Rom 8:24) For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?
(Rom 8:25) But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Faith

(Rom 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helps our weakness: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
(Rom 8:27) And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
(Rom 8:14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
(Rom 8:5) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
(Rom 8:6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
(Rom 8:7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
(Rom 8:8) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
(Rom 8:9) But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
(Rom 8:10) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
(Rom 8:11) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also bring to life your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
(Rom 8:12) Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
(Rom 8:13) For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live.
(Rom 8:14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
(Rom 8:2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
– and the truth will set you free

(John 8:31) Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;
(John 8:32) And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

All 3 (Rom 8:28) 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.
we know = faith
them that love God = love
for good = hope

 

 

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