Sermon on Romans 8:28 Profound and comforting words

  Sermon on Romans 8:28 Profound and comforting words

Into the profound and comforting words of Romans 8:28—a verse that offers assurance, hope, and a deep understanding of God's providence in our lives. In this sermon, we will explore the assurance that "all things work together for good," the condition of those who love God, His eternal purpose, and the transformative power of conforming to Christ's image.

In chap. 8 Paul dhows the utter helplessness of anyone in any way to effect his ownsalvation. He discusses the help, control, and guidance of the Holy Spirit in the hearts andlives of the assurance of God and the consolation for hope. Paul in this section (vv. 28-29) makes a beautiful and free turn; he leads from the idea of the suffering of the glory whichawaits them.

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I. "All Things Work Together for Good" (Romans 8:28a)

Our journey begins with the remarkable declaration of Romans 8:28a: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God."

These words affirm that every circumstance, whether favorable or challenging, is woven into God's divine tapestry for our ultimate good. As believers, we can take comfort in knowing that nothing is outside the scope of God's sovereign plan.

The word panta, “all things” or “everything” has no indicated restrictions. Some of the things that are in the mind of Paul are named in v. 35 and vv. 38-39. Everything that happens to those who love God, whether it is a good or painful experience, the sad as well as the gland, the things that perplex and disappoint as well as the things they eagerly strive for, all will at the end by the providence of God, work together for good according to His purpose.

  • God wants us to trust Him (Proverbs 3:5 Joshua 1:9 Psalm 112:7 Romans 8:28 Exodus 34:23-24).
  • When we don't trust God, we disobey Him (Leviticus 25:20-22 Proverbs 14:12).
  • When we disobey God, we suffer (Leviticus 26:33; 2 Chronicles 36:21).
  • Whether we obey or disobey, God's Word does not change   (Leviticus 26:34-35).

II. The Condition: Those Who Love God (Romans 8:28b)

The promise of Romans 8:28 is not universal but conditional: "to those who love God." Our love for God and our relationship with Him are pivotal in understanding how all things work together for good. Our love for God opens the door to His transformative work in our lives and enables us to see His purposes even in trials.

III. God's Eternal Purpose (Ephesians 1:11)

To grasp the depth of Romans 8:28, we must recognize God's eternal purpose. Ephesians 1:11 reminds us that God works all things according to "the counsel of His will." His divine plan, established before the foundations of the world, ensures that every circumstance is orchestrated to fulfill His redemptive purposes in our lives.

  • God's Plan (Exodus 14:1-4).
  • God's patience (Exodus 14:10-12). (1 Peter 2:21).
  • God's Protection (Exodus 14:13-30). (Daniel 3:17-18). (Hebrews 11:8-10).
  • God's purpose (Exodus 14:31).

IV. Transformation Through Conformity to Christ (Romans 8:29)

Romans 8:29 elaborates on how "all things work together for good" by highlighting the transformative aspect: "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son." God's ultimate good for us is our conformity to the likeness of Christ. Through trials, challenges, and blessings, God is molding us to reflect His Son's character more fully.

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V. The Hope That Does Not Disappoint (Romans 5:5)

Our journey begins with the profound truth that underlies Romans 8:28—the hope that does not disappoint. In Romans 5:5, we read, "Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." As believers, our hope is anchored in the love of God, which has been abundantly poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. This hope is unwavering and unshakable because it is rooted in the unchanging character of God.

What brings peace?

  • Guarantee of salvation. (1 John 5:16).
  • Guarantee of the presence of God. (Matthew 28:19-20 Daniel 3:26 2 Kings 6:16-17).
  • Guarantee of God's faithfulness. (2 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

VI. The Divine Perspective on Adversity (2 Corinthians 4:17)

To understand Romans 8:28 fully, we must adopt a divine perspective on adversity. In 2 Corinthians 4:17, the apostle Paul reminds us, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." Even the trials and tribulations we face in this life are working to accomplish an eternal purpose—the glory of God and our spiritual growth. This divine perspective allows us to see beyond our present circumstances and trust in God's sovereign plan.

VII. Resting in the Promise (Romans 8:28)

Finally, we come to the heart of our sermon—the promise of Romans 8:28: "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." This verse assures us that God is at work in every situation, orchestrating all things for our ultimate good. It is a promise we can rest in, especially when facing trials, uncertainties, and challenges.

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Romans 8:28 reminds us that God is the Master Weaver, intricately designing every thread of our lives into a beautiful tapestry of His divine purpose. As we love God and surrender to His plan, we can trust that even in the most perplexing situations, He is working for our ultimate good. Our trials serve as tools of transformation, conforming us to the image of Christ. Let us cling to this promise, knowing that in all things, God is orchestrating His perfect will.  

Romans 8:28 is a beacon of hope in a world filled with uncertainties. It reminds us that our hope in God's unchanging love will never disappoint us. Even in the face of adversity, we can adopt a divine perspective, understanding that God is using every circumstance to work for our eternal good and His glory. As we rest in the unwavering promise of Romans 8:28, may we find comfort, strength, and renewed hope in the loving hands of our Heavenly Father. Let us love God, trust His purpose, and confidently declare that all things are working together for our good.

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