Paul’s words in his epistle to the Romans are among the most well-known and most quoted in the Bible:
“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 again: “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.
But if we believe in this verse, then the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 is also fulfilled: “In everything give thanks …” “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.
“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)
Believing in Romans 8:28 will lead to the fact that I do not give in to the temptation to:
- Get angry.
- Get offended.
- Feel insulted.
- Lose my self-control.
- Become jealous or envious.
- Lose courage.
- Become bitter.
- Bear a grudge against anyone.
- Complain about anything.
- Become dissatisfied.
- Avenge myself.
- Take what belongs to others.
- Do anything that is false or deceptive.
- Become restless when something is going on.
- Revile in return when I am being reviled.
- Dislike anybody at all.
- Get upset.
- Feel it is hard to bear when I have to suffer reproach.
- Think that anything is annoying.
- Think that anyone or anything is standing in my way.
- Feel that I am ever unfortunate.
- Feel that I am ever disappointed.
- Feel that I have been deceived.
- Desire better earthly things.
- 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 will lead to:
- Profound peace and rest in God.
- A powerful, heavenly joy.
- A rock-solid, overcoming life.
- A faithful mind and a faithful life.
- Souls gaining confidence in you.
- A fruitful and blessed life.
Romans 8:28 results in:
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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