The Mystery of “Working Together”

Today is day three of our detailed look at one of the most well known verses in the Bible, Romans 8:28.  Here is it:  ““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.”  The first two days we talked about the truth of “knowing” and “all things”.  This is a promise from God that we can take to the bank.  We can know that all things work together for good…But here comes the part where God steps into this in a major way.  Today’s […]

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Yes, “All Things”

Yesterday we began a detailed look at key words and phrases in one of the most quoted verses of the Bible, Romans 8:28. Here it is: “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.” Yesterday we focused on the word “know”. Today, I’d like to look at “all things”. We are told by Paul that all things work together for good to those who love God… Do you believe that? Earlier Paul wrote that we can “know” this to be true. Do you […]

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Yes, We Can “Know”

One of the most quoted verses from the New Testament is contained in chapter 8 of Romans.  It is verse 28:  “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.” This verse is followed by an expression of God’s sovereignty which we will examine later.  There are some amazing words in this verse that I’d like to look at one day at a time.  We will spend a few days just on this verse because I believe that if you really understand and believe the […]

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God’s “Prayer List”

I like prayer lists.  I think they can be very useful.  However, prayer can be very limited if we only stick to a list. How effective are our prayers if we are only talking to God about what is on our list, what we want to talk about or ask God to do?  I think that what Paul has to say about prayer here in Romans 8 takes prayer to a different and much more meaningful area.  Here is what Paul writes in verses 26-27:  “26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray […]

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Hitting the Refresh Button

A while ago I noticed an ad campaign for a hospital that was advertising knee and hip replacements, perhaps other joint replacements as well. Their tag line was “Hit the Refresh Button”. The idea is that when you have a knee replaced, it takes you back to your youth…hitting the refresh button…giving you a new start. Now I know that some of you have had these types of surgeries and you know that they are not quite that effective. Hitting the refresh button on your knee doesn’t take you back to your knee of age 25. However, we understand the […]

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God’s Version of Climate Change

Ok, I know that title is intended to be a little like “click-bait” but since you’re reading let me move on.  It isn’t just the human body that suffers because of sin.  It is the entire creation that suffers because of sin.  From the curse of the ground from the sin of Adam to hurricanes, this world has suffered from the consequences of sin.  Yet one day this will change.  Look at what Paul writes in verses 19-22:  “19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not […]

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Future Glory

One of the difficult things for believers to comprehend is the idea of “glory”.   When I read verse 18 of Romans 8 I am reminded to think about this:  “18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  There is a contrast in this verse between suffering and glory.  Remember that Paul was a man very acquainted with suffering. He experienced more than most. And yet in Paul’s mind and in His inspired writing, we read that the future glory revealed in believers is so much “better” than suffering.  […]

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Not Everyone Is a Child of God

I find myself making this point often because I often hear the erroneous statement that “we are all children of God”. This statement is never mentioned in the Bible and it is so incredibly false and potentially damaging to the spread of the gospel.  Look at what Paul writes in verses 12-17:  “12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these […]

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Are You “His”?

Identity politics are popular today, and often not in a good way.  We tend to label “who we are” by what party we affiliate with and in the minds of many it seems that this sets our identity.  I suppose that is true to some extent as it reflects our beliefs and values but it’s not always helpful.  However, our identity is very important relating to our identity in Jesus Christ.  Here are verses 8-11 of Romans chapter 8:  “9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now […]

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A Matter of Life and Death

Does it really matter where your mind is [see yesterday’s post]?  Yes, it surely does matter; in fact, it’s a matter of life and death.  Here is what Paul writes in verses 6-7:  “6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  That’s pretty plain isn’t it?  To be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  A mind that has not been transformed by the Holy Spirit […]

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