One of the most often-cited verses in the Bible, and for good reason, is Romans 8:28. That incredible truth promises the Christian this: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Just dwell on that a moment. Really? All things? Even car accidents and tornadoes and miscarriages? Yes. All things. It is a glorious truth. It is a truth that we as Christians must build our lives upon. But have you ever asked yourself “Why?” in regards to that question? Or, “How can that be?”
The Bible tells us in the very next verse. Romans 8:29 says, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” The word for is a very important word. It means because. Why do all things work together for good for those who love God and for those who are called according to his purpose, Paul? And Paul answers, “Because those whom God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” That’s why.
So what’s the connection? Verse 28 refers to a specific group of people: those who love God and those who are called according to God’s purpose (which is another way of saying that they were called according to God’s will, instead of according to man’s will, for example). These two designations refer to one group. If you love God, you’re called. If you’re called, you love God. It’s one group about which two things are true.
Verse 29 gives us another designation for this same group. There Paul calls this group “those whom God foreknew.” So you can talk about this one group in three ways. This group is referred to as a group that loves God, as being called, and as a group that was foreknown by God. So what’s the reason that all things work together for good for those included in this group? It’s because God predestined them to be conformed to the image of his Son.
How can you be sure that all things will work out for your good, you God-loving, called, foreknown one? It’s because God predestined you to be conformed to the image of his Son. That’s why. The fact that God has given you a sure destiny—namely, that you will one day be fully like Jesus—is the basis for your confidence that whatever comes your way in this life, it will ultimately work together to accomplish that destiny.
Think of it this way: Your destination is 100% guaranteed. Christian, you will be like Jesus. Therefore, rest assured that every step along the path you’re travelling getting there is most assuredly helping you get closer to that end. And I mean every step. That’s the destiny God’s given you, and it will happen. That’s what predestined means!
If the truth of Romans 8:28 is incredible, the rock solid foundation beneath it is utterly breathtaking. Rest assured in the destiny God’s given you and his ability to ensure that your every step is getting you closer to that glorious end.
Romans 8:28-29: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”