Let's Talk About How God Works

by Paul Bonner

GOD WORKS

Romans 8:18-28

I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. 20 Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. 23 And it’s not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. 24 We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see? 25 But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.

26 In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. 27 The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God’s will. 28 We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.

 

Key Verse:

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28

 

Commentary:

Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome was written as an introduction of himself to folks he had never met and as an explanation of faith. The church in Rome included both Jews and Gentiles but mostly the former. Rome was the center of the empire, a city teeming with commerce and worldly influence. After Paul acknowledges evil at the beginning of this passage, he offers the community great hope with these key promises in verse 28: God works for good. God works in everything for good, not just in isolated incidents. This certainly does not mean that everything that happens to us is good. It does mean that God is able to turn around every circumstance for our long-range benefit.

 

Questions to Discuss:

What does this Scripture teach about the nature of God?

How does Jesus’ death and resurrection story confirm this teaching of God?

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