“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.” Romans 8:28.
Let’s read it: “We know that all things” (both good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant – everything – and that includes every person) “works together for the best” (as it’s written in the strongest translation, and that is the most accurate), “for those who love God.” Everything that we meet in life, everything, without exception, works together for our best. It couldn’t be written more clearly, but superficiality causes us not to see it. We, quite simply, cannot read properly. And we’re not interested enough either; we don’t take the time.
I’ve heard this statement, “Romans 8:28 has been my comfort for many years.” I can well imagine that many have had the same understanding. “It’s been a comfort” – but who is to be comforted? It’s those who sorrow who are comforted and are to be comforted. But if I believe in Romans 8:28, it’s not possible to be sorrowful. It’s absolutely impossible. I cannot sorrow. To believe in Romans 8:28 is the same as being overjoyed, increasingly, night and day, in every possible circumstance, trial and situation. Absolutely ecstatic, through and through!
Then the verse is fulfilled: “In everything give thanks …” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. “In everything that is good give thanks …” That’s not what’s written. It says: “In everything give thanks.” Both “bad” and good. That’s how thankful you’ll be, if you believe in Romans 8:28. It’s also written, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4. This isn’t possible without believing in Romans 8:28. But if I believe in Romans 8:28 I can’t do anything else. Then I’m always ecstatically happy.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21.
Do you believe that all things work together for good to those who love God? If we unequivocally affirm what we believe, then we keep His commandments, and no possible circumstance, good or “bad,” would hinder the life of Christ from being manifested in our mortal body. (2 Corinthians 4:10-11)
For this very reason, believing in Romans 8:28 must necessarily lead to the fact that I do not:
1. Get angry.
2. Feel offended.
3. Feel insulted.
4. Act impetuously.
5. Lose my self-control.
6. Become jealous.
7. Become envious.
8. Lose courage.
9. Become bitter.
10. Bear a grudge against anyone.
11. Complain about anything.
13. Become dissatisfied.
14. Avenge myself.
15. Take what belongs to others.
16. Do anything that is false or deceptive.
17. Become restless when something is going on.
18. Behave very competitively.
19. Revile in return when I am being reviled.
20. Dislike anybody at all.
21. Get upset.
22. Feel it is hard to bear when I have to suffer reproach.
23. Think that anything is annoying.
24. Think that anyone or anything is standing in my way.
25. Feel that I am ever unfortunate.
26. Feel that I am ever disappointed.
27. Feel that I have been deceived.
28. Desire better or more delicious food, clothing, furnishings, or other earthly things.
29. Feel aggrieved that I have received the spouse that I have or that I have no spouse.
All misery is disposed of by simply believing this one scripture! No wonder Paul writes that the gospel is a power unto salvation for everyone who believes.
Believing Romans 8:28 necessarily leads to:
1. Profound peace and rest in God.
2. Uninterrupted happiness.
3. A powerful, heavenly joy.
4. A rock-solid, overcoming life.
5. A faithful mind and a faithful life.
6. Souls gaining confidence in you.
7. A fruitful and blessed life.
Believing Romans 8:28 begets:
1. Men and women who are equipped for every good work.
3. Capable servants and leaders in the churches.
If a person has read and heard God’s Word for many years and these good and glorious results have failed to materialize, this is the best evidence of whether the person has believed the Word that he has read and heard.
If anyone now thinks that these fruits are desirable, then cultivate the tree with great care!
This is a combined, edited version of two articles that were first published in Norwegian: “Do you believe Romans 8:28?” from BCC’s periodical “Skjulte Skatter”(“Hidden Treasures”) in June 1949, and a transcript from a message by Elias Aslaksen in January 1976, “Everything Works Together for the Best,” published in the book “Elias Aslaksen’s Last Messages.” (1979)
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