Prophecy – Part 88 – God Works Out All Things; God Assures Deliverance From Struggling and Suffering; Romans 8:28-39
In our last study we were dealing with the 144,000 Jews that would be saved during the Tribulation and their evangelistic efforts for the Lord Jesus Christ during the Tribulation Age.
In the pages of Scripture, we learn how awful the Tribulation Age will be and how Christians will suffer during that time for the Lord Jesus Christ. Today we want to reflect on the help that we can find in Christ, no matter how difficult the circumstances of our life might be…and recognize that God’s help is “always” there for us (Romans 8:28).
The wonderful privilege that the believer has is to recognize, among other special blessings, several other important things:
Listen to what Paul has to say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, KJV).
“And my God shall supply ALL your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, KJV).
“I say then: ‘Walk in the Spirit, and you SHALL NOT fulfill the lust of the flesh’ ” (Galatians 5:16).
NOTE: God has also supplied His armor for the believer’s protection against the Evil One’s attacks (Ephesians 6:12-18).
The wonderful message of Romans is that God assures the true Christian that deliverance (freedom) from struggling and suffering comes through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Man desperately needs help as he struggles against the pressures and forces both within himself and alien to himself.
Man struggles against the weight and discouragement of life’s trials such as:
- the pollution and corruption of life.
- the relentless accusations and bombardments of conscience and law.
- the pain and decay of his body.
- the striking fear and hopelessness of an eternal judgment hereafter.
- the unknown and against pain, hurt, sorrow, loneliness, alienation, aging, death and hell (Galatians 5:17).
- the suffering and struggling throughout life, people somehow feel ARE DUE TO A WRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
- therefore, man views his many problems as only one problem, his relationship with God. If he can establish the right relationship with God, then he feels surely that God will help him through his trials and also take care of his future hereafter.
Now let’s think about his problem and what God say about it.
- Now looking at the Tribulation Age, God organized and sent the 144,000 saved Jews out into the world with His message of salvation. He knew that, like Christians who love God today, they would face opposition and perhaps even death.
- The fact is that as some of you hear or read this portion of the message, you are like the man struggling with life’s problems. You want God’s help but are unsure about how to receive it.
- Please be aware, it doesn’t make any difference if you are living in the Age of Grace or the Tribulation Age, the answer is the same for all your problems.
- God has faithful servants who will bring the message to you, if you want God’s solution. The 144,000 servants of the Tribulation Age will be following God’s command to “GO”; they will take the message out to the hopeless in the dark world.
- God has faithful servants in the Age of Grace are now also following His command to “Go” (see Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8).
- GOOD QUESTION: Are you among those that God would call “faithful?” Are you being faithful in carrying the good news of salvation to a lost world of people?
- You know that Christ bluntly said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, are you showing your love to Christ by following His command to “GO” and take His message of salvation to those who need to hear it?
- Jesus said to His disciples something very important,
“…Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21, NKJV).
The message of Romans is clear. Man needs to get right with God, for he is under the condemnation and wrath of God (Romans 3:18-20). Man definitely needs a right relationship with God; he needs to be justified, that is, declared righteous by God (Romans 3:21-5:21).
FACT: (1) Man needs to be freed from the struggle of sin, for sin corrupts and leads to death (Romans 6:1-23).
(2) Man needs to be freed from the bondage of law (spiritual legalism); for the law enslaves, accuses, condemns and strikes hopelessness within the heart (Romans 7:1-25).
“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24, KJV).
“I thank God through [that] Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25) shall free me from struggling and suffering (Romans 8:1-39, KJV).
NOTE: Those who love God and are called by Him will definitely be freed from the bondages and corruptions of this life and be ushered into glory. God assures this. Nothing, absolutely nothing, shall prevent God’s settled plan and purpose from coming about in the life of the believer.
God’s settled plan and purpose for the universe shall be consummated. He has determined two supreme things (Romans 8:29).
- Believers shall be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).
- His Son shall have many brothers, among whom He is to be honored as the first (the most preeminent Person (v. 29).
Let’s review some of God’s assurances:
Assurance 1: God works all things out for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Assurance 2: God has determined to fulfill His purpose for the believer (V 29).
Assurance 3: God has set the glorification of the believer — once-for-all (v. 30).
Assurance 4: God has acted for the believer, not against him (v. 31-33).
Assurance 5: Christ does not condemn the believer (v. 34).
Assurance 6: Christ protects the believer from the severest circumstances (v. 35-37).
Assurance 7: Christ protects the believer from the most extreme experiences and forces (v. 38-39).
(Romans 8:28) – Do you truly believe that God works all things out for those who love Him? What a comforting declaration! How exciting is it for you that Scripture actually declares that “all things work together for good” for the believer. Think about it: NOTHING COULD ASSURE THE BELIEVER ANY MORE than God working all things out for his good.
“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” (Romans 8:28).
Let’s note some things:
- The words “all things” go well beyond the great events of the world. God does control the events of the world, but He controls much, much more. He rules over “all things” — all the events and happenings that occur in the life of the believer. He works ALL THINGS out for the good in behalf of his children.
- The words “work together” (sunergei) mean to create and eliminate, place and replace, connect and group, interrelate and intermingle, shape and forge, press and stretch, move and operate, control and guide, arrange and influence. The words “work together” are also present action which means that all things ARE CONTINUALLY working together for your good. God is in control of the believer’s life. Daily, moment by moment, God is arranging and rearranging all things for the believer’s good. Wow, how blessed are you as a Christian? Why not, right now, write down a list of things that God is working on in your life. Things that He will be making better and better. Remember, God cannot lie. Why? Because He is a holy God.
- The word “good” (Agathon) means for the ultimate good. We cannot see the future; we cannot take a single event and see all the lines and ramifications that run from it. We cannot see all the things that result from one single event, much less see the results of every event. But God does, therefore, God takes all the events of our lives and works them out for our ultimate good. As we say this, we must remember that we are talking about a true believer.
- There is, however, a limitation on this glorious promise, a limitation that desperately needs to be noted. God did not say He was talking about an unbeliever. God works all things out for good ONLY to those who love God and are CALLED according to His purpose.
This fact is graphically seen in the Greek. The clause “to those who love God” is placed first in the sentence: “But we know that to those who love God all things work together for good.” Scripture makes sure the point is not missed. God ONLY looks after the affairs of the person who loves Him. Think about it for a moment, it is the only reasonable conclusion. If a man does not love God— does not place his life into the hands of God, how can God look after him?
NOTE: God is not going to force His care upon any of us. He is not going to make mechanical robots out of us, forcing us to live at His beck and call. Such is not love; it is only mechanical behavior. What God wants is love that flows from a heart that CHOOSES to love Him. The choice is ours; we either turn our lives over to Him in love, or we continue to take our lives into our own hands.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
I don’t know about you but for myself, I would rather have God overseeing my life. I make enough mistakes of my own that if I continually oversaw my life it would be a continuing disaster. However, it is your choice. I hope you truly love God and trust Him with your life. If you do, you will find that it is a wonderful life.
Now note the words, CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.” The believer’s deliverance is purposed by God. God calls him for the glorious purpose of being saved from the struggle and sufferings of this life. Note a significant fact. The believer’s POSITION and BEHAVIOR are both involved in the call of God.
– POSITIONALLY: God chooses the believer by setting him apart through the Holy Spirit and through belief of the truth.
“…God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).
-IN BEHAVIOR: God calls the believer to a life of purity and holiness.
“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (I Thessalonians 4:7).
The point is this: God delivers the person who is positioned in Christ and who lives a pure and holy life. The person who truly loves God and is living a godly life is the person who experiences all things being worked out for his good. It is the godly person who loves God that will be delivered from the struggling and suffering of this corrupt world.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13, 19, Ephesians 6:10-18).
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).
NOTE: David said, “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: THE HUMBLE SHALL hear thereof, and be glad” (Psalm 34:2).
God had done great things for David [as he has done for all of his children who love Him] therefore he declared that He would bless the name of the LORD. BLESS (barak) is derived from the Hebrew word for knee, and it literally means to kneel. It usually describes reverential worship, as contrasted to exuberant praise. In blessing the LORD, David expressed His respect and gratitude to God.
- PRAISE HIM AT ALL TIMES (Psalm 34:1).
Although David had just been delivered from Achish, he promised to bless the LORD in EVERY circumstance of his life, the bad as well as the good. AT ALL TIMES (eth) is also translated as season and refers to the appointed times or periods of life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). In every season of life — positive and negative, joyful and painful, happy and sad – David was determined to worship the LORD and praise His name.
(v2) David was to determine to boast in Him before the afflicted and helpless.
David was confident that his praise would encourage the HUMBLE (anav), those whose spirits are brought low due to suffering or oppression. Specifically, he spoke of the men who had gathered in the cave with him, men who were depressed and discouraged because of adverse circumstances in their lives. (I Samuel 22:2). David was determined to lift their spirits by boasting about the LORD’S power and faithfulness.
As we close out this message, remember you can be like David. There are many people around you who are depressed and discouraged because of the circumstances of their lives. This is an open door for you to praise God for the fact that He loves you and will always be there for you. Why not be a David for God? You can be…. if you truly love Him.
Remember, we should follow David’s example in EVERY season of life. It is easy to bless the LORD when all is well or when He does something marvelous for us. But it is not so easy to bless Him when we suffer loss or affliction. Scripture commands us to give thanks in every circumstance, knowing that God’s will is being accomplished in our lives (I Thessalonians 5:18).
We should follow David’s example of encouraging the downhearted. Our communities, churches, neighborhoods, schools, and places of employment are overflowing with people crushed by heavy burdens of life, burdens such as…
*family problems *addiction
*marriage problems *physical afflictions
*financial setbacks *guilt
*erring children *shame
*aging parents *fear
These and countless other circumstances cause man to feel hopeless. We can never over-estimate the power of an encouraging word. Like David, we should purpose to cheer the depressed by pointing them to the LORD, sharing testimonies of God’s faithfulness and power in our own lives. May you find yourself praising God……because you LOVE HIM.
It does not matter whether you are living in the Age of GRACE or the Tribulation Age, you should check out John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 if you do not know God as your personal Savior and be blessed.