Romans 8:28 (Part 1)

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
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.

One of the most loved verses in the Bible, this promise offers such comfort to believers everywhere. It gives us an assurance that everything that happens in our lives, especially the hard and difficult times, will be used by God for our good and His glory. But I wonder how much truth do we really understand regarding this passage. Let’s slowly take it apart and learn more.

And.

The preceding verses of this part of Romans 8 talks about the suffering that we, believers, have to endure at present (Romans 8:18) and the bondage of corruption that the creation is now temporarily captive of (Romans 8:21). Along with these are our responses to these suffering and bondage, that we, ourselves and the whole creation, groan and long to be delivered from it and let the glory in us be finally revealed (Romans 8:18-23). Now the next verses come with the promises of hope, perseverance and help from the Holy Spirit through intercession (Romans 8:24-27) where our verse comes next as an addition and a conclusion.

Yes, we will have tribulations in this life that we need to endure. Yes, we will long to be set free from the evil that our innate human nature has. We will experience pain and suffering, failures and setbacks. But God promises us His comfort amidst all these. He promises hope in Him as we persevere and eagerly wait on Him. God promises that the Helper, the Holy Spirit that iswill aid us through rough and confusing times when we do not know what to pray for and even how to pray anymore. And lastly, He promises that all that we will go thru will be used by Him.

we know that.

To know in a sense is to have the possession of a certain truth, fact, or knowledge as Merriam Webster defines it and most people superficially perceive it as only that. To know is to be informed. But actually, to know goes beyond getting the information. To know means having direct cognition, awareness and understanding of the information given, also as defined by Merriam-Webster. The mind should be able to process and digest the information through the use of our senses. The information will not be left as it is but it will create something inside of the receiver and be utilized and manifested outwardly. It isn’t something of mere passive receiving. It has to be something that is actively perceiving. 

Having said that, this promise that we have in Romans 8:28 should not be just a mere fact or information we know about God, like “Oh, I know God is like this and that; I know He also will do this and that”, but it should be an unshakable rock where our faith and trust in His character as our God should be deeply rooted. This amazing truth should manifest in our daily lives: how we interact with people, how we face challenges, how we fight sin and the battles within ourselves, how we make choices and decisions wherever we maybe. These actions proves that we have a great understanding and perception of who God is in our lives and what He is capable to do.

all things.

Ah! This one made me smile. Usually when we read this part, we right away think of good and bad things. We think of the comfort and pain we have in this life, our successes and defeats, health and sickness, blessings and afflictions, joys and sorrows. But we should not limit it with these.

When the Apostle Paul said “all things“, he really meant it. It includes the big and small events in our lives, from the smallest decision we make to hardest choice we have to choose. Even the things that we think are unnoticeable and insignificant, the implications of our actions, well, God includes that as well.

It also includes the times we reluctantly disobey God due to fear and doubt and also the times we surrendered and willingly  obey Him.

It includes all sorts of people we meet and know and may it be for a few seconds or a few hours or days everywhere.

It includes our past, present and our future.

It even includes the places we have been thru. The sights we have seen. The experiences we have.

It includes our hopes and dreams, our failures and nightmares.

It includes all things my finite mind can think of and cannot think of anymore.

All these things are not out of God’s self-indulgence or compulsion or ignorance. God, with all His infinite wisdom, will have all these things used by Him and not be wasted. All things.

work together.

And everything listed up will work together! HUH?! Really??? Even the times when I failed Him because I cheated? Even the times I got angry and hurt someone? Even when I deliberately disobeyed Him? I mean good and wonderful things, when combine, are meant to produce good and wonderful results. We get that. But to add the bad things, the sour things, the bitter things, even the evil, ugly, gruesome, scary and dirty things? Oh Yes! It’s like God making a delicious meal with a recipe including all that we are and all that we have. Adding mud and manure to sugar and cream! Only He, in His awesome power and infinite wisdom, can mix everything together, no exclusions, and make everything work together in harmony to produce a delightful taste!

 

 

If you want to know more about Romans 8:28, stay tuned for Part 2!

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The Power of the Cross

❤️For the message of the CROSS is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the POWER OF GOD.

1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV❤️

The power of the cross is the power of God for those who believes. For some that they do not understand the meaning of the cross. For it is written,

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. ( 1 Corinthians 1:19)

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1:20‭-‬31 NIV

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Learn through the PROCESS

Because through the process, the Lord is with us. Though the process, in our ups and down, the Lord is with us. Through the process, on our bumpy road, the Lord is with us!

His promise is true!

His promise is perfect!

His promise is sovereign!

His promise is irrevocable!

Whomever are Christians here believes that we are Victorious in Jesus. In fact that is true. We believe because of our faith.

Our life our secured. We are set apart. We are justified. We are glorified. This is the promise the Lord our God had bestowed upon to those who believes in His Son Jesus Christ and are saved, that’s John 3:16 had emphasized.

However, the promise of Victory is the end result. The Bible does not tells us that we will have a smooth sailing life while we are still here on earth.

The promise in Jeremiah 29:11 of plan to prosper us and not to harm us is true and for our own good sake, but it does not constitute that everything will be straight and easy for us.

How about in times of we look forward to victories and triumphs in our life but it doesn’t happen the way we want it to be? Perhaps, we have disappointments. Anger. Hatred. Sadness. It will start to move down. Temporarily, you will stun and ask yourself, why? What happened?

That’s normal. We are still human.

Don’t fret. The promise is still powerful! We are still victorious and triumphants through Christ Jesus!

But how are we able to avoid these disappointments, anger, hatred, sadness if it doesn’t go on the way we want it to be? And this what the Lord had revealed to me … ENJOY THE PROCESS, LEARN THROUGH THE PROCESS!

His message for 2019

Because through the process, the Lord is with us. Though the process, in our ups and down, the Lord is with us. Through the process, on our bumpy road, the Lord is with us!

His promise is true!

His promise is perfect!

His promise is sovereign!

His promise is irrevocable!

Because what the Scripture says that

Deutorony 31:8

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10-13

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lordyour God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

So therefore, during the process let us enjoy it. During the process let us learn through it because He is IMMANUEL even through the PROCESS!!!

Glory to God.

Difference between the Old Covenant Vs the New Covenant

Because of His Great Love, God reconciled His fellowship with humans (believers) with the New Covenant

Bread and Wine (IAMgoodstar.com)
Symbolic Bread and Wine

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Feature Old Covenant New Covenant
When established at Exodus at crucifixion
Parties: God and national Israel (Ex. 19-24) Christians (Luke 22:20John 3:16-21)
People redeemed from bondage in Egypt (Ex. 20:2) in sin (Heb. 9:15)
Mediator of the covenant Moses (Ex. 20:18-19Heb. 9:19-20) Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:69:1512:24)
Ratified by blood of animals (Ex. 24:8Heb. 9:19-20) Jesus Christ (Matt. 26:28Rom. 3:25)
Promises offered prosperity, national security, become God’s treasured nation (Ex. 19:5Lev. 26) eternal life (John 3:16), children of God (Rom. 8:14-1729), know God, law in heart, forgiveness (Heb. 8:10-12), with God forever (Rev. 21:3-7)
Initiation sign of the covenant circumcision (Gen. 17:11Ex. 12:48-49John 7:22-23) conversion of the heart (Matt. 5:8Acts 15:8Rom. 2:28-29)
Continuing sign of the covenant observance of the Sabbaths (Ex. 31:16-17Ezek. 20:12) new life of faith in Christ (Eph. 2:4-104:175:1-2)
Obligations obedience to the law that was given through Moses (Ex. 24:3Lev. 26Deut. 28) be perfect (Matt. 5:48), believe, obey Christ (Gal. 6:21 John 3:23-24Rom. 12:12 Cor. 10:5)
Duration of the covenant during time of national Israel, temple and Levites (Heb. 8:13) eternity (John 5:246:54-58Heb. 9:1512:22-28Rev. 21:3-7)
Priesthood Aaron and sons (Ex. 29:9Lev. 8) Jesus Christ (Heb. 4:14-165:5-6), believers (1 Pet. 2:59)
High Priest entered presence of God symbolically once a year on the Day of Atonement after offering the required blood sacrifices (Lev. 16Heb. 9:7) sat down at God’s right hand forever, after offering his own blood for all (Heb. 7:20-8:29:11-14)
Holy place where God can be worshiped tabernacle in wilderness (Deut. 12), temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 8:29-30) temple of the Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16), wherever believers are (John 4:21-24Matt. 18:20)
Commemorations weekly Sabbath (Ex. 20:8-11Deut. 5:12-15) and seasonal festivals (Lev. 23) Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19-20; Cor. 11:26-28)
Sacrifices continual offering of animals and food offerings (Lev. 1-7Heb. 10:1) as a reminder of sins (Heb. 10:30) Christ’s one sacrifice (Heb. 9:26-2810:12) forgave sins, perfects the worshipper, clears conscience (Heb. 8:1210:1-222); Christian’s life of service is to be a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1)
Law Ten Commandments (Ex. 20Deut. 5) and 603 additional laws governing moral, civil and religious affairs, fulfilled by adherence to the letter of numerous rules (Ex., Lev., Deut.) Sermon on the Mount reveals Christian attitude and way of thinking (Matt. 5-7), law of Christ fulfilled by loving God and humans (John 13:34-35Rom. 3:8-10Gal. 5:146:21 John 2:3-63:7-1021-24)
Contrast the letter kills (Rom. 4:14-152 Cor. 3:6), slavery (Gal. 4:24-255:1) The Spirit gives life (John 6:632 Cor. 3:6), freedom (Gal. 4:265:1)
Main feature the law was a shadow of the good things to come (Heb. 10:1) Jesus Christ, God in the flesh (Isa. 42:1-749:5-13Heb. 19:11-1510:5-10)
Contact with God through priesthood (Lev. 1-7) individual comes to God’s throne (Heb. 4:16)

 

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