September 11, 2016 - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Genesis 50

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.

 

The order in the original: “We know that to them that love God all things work together for good [even] to them who are called according to His (eternal) purpose.”

We know—know it as if common knowledge.

All things work together for good, even though creation is in pain and promised pain and so are believers

Romans 8:22-23

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

Firstfruits—initial payment, more to come. We have a taste of heaven, of spiritual life, yet wait for redemption to fully possess it.

Romans 8:32

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things

 

Spared not—did not withhold or keep back. With Christ comes all else, all other gifts are less than Christ, yet part of the package deal!

Romans 8:29-- What is the purpose that all things are working toward?

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 

Purpose is conformity to the image of His Son. To be His sons after the pattern, mode, or image of Christ. Conformed to Him in spirit now, and in body later.

 

What did his son do? He spared not His own Son (vs. 32)!

Romans 8:36

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

Quote of psalm 44:22. A description of what God’s faithful people may expect from enemies when roused to hate righteousness.

 

Romans 8:18

 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

Reckon and accounted of verse 36 are same word. Sheep for the slaughter is part of our suffering of this present time.

2 Timothy 2:12—if we suffer with Him we will reign with Him.

 

--There is nothing about this working together for good that speaks of fleshly ease and enjoyment, but much that speaks of spiritual good regardless of physical ease or suffering:

Romans 8:37-39

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Not only are we not conquered by these things, they do us good! All that can be thought of, good or bad, work for our good—to conform us to Christ.

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