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DESTINY

April 16, 2016

Saturday

 

Romans 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.

 

 

LESSON

 

“All things” means just that: everything. In the context, these “things” include the adversities the believer experiences. The “good” is what is good from God’s perspective, and, conformity to the Son of God is particularly prominent. “Those who love God” could be a group of believers who love God more than others. However, since Paul described them from the divine side as the elect of God, “those who love God” must refer to all Christians. This is the only place in Romans where Paul wrote of the believer’s love for God; everywhere else he referred to God’s love for the believer.

Nowhere in Scripture do we read that God causes sin or evil. He permits these things, but that is much different than causing them. Therefore when tragedy touches a believer, we should not conclude that this is one of the “all things” that God causes. Rather, this verse says that God brings good out of all things, even tragedies, for the Christian. The causes of tragedy are Satan, the sinful choices of people, and the consequences of living in a sinful world: Satan, sin, and sinners. Even though God permits or allows bad things to happen, Scripture never lays the blame for these things on God, and neither should we.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:3

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