Context Concerns: Romans 8:28

We can so easily take God’s Word out of context and apply it to ourselves in unhelpful ways. This can be a subtle change to the intent of the passage.

Take Romans 8:28 for example:

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

What does the good mean that “all things work together for”? Well, when we take a broader look at the context, it is clear that God’s purpose is to make all people who love him to look, act, be like Christ. The good intended here is eternal. It’s for our now and on into our eternal future.

And God will bring this good to pass, as it says, “Those whom he called, he also justified, those who he justified he also glorified.”

So we can take heart when things are tough because God is helping us always for good.


Fuller context:

 ‘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.

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.

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. ‘ Romans 8:28-30

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