Romans 8:28
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New International Version
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

New Living Translation
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

English Standard Version
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

New American Standard Bible
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

International Standard Version
And we know that for those who love God, that is, for those who are called according to his purpose, all things are working together for good.

NET Bible
And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we know that he helps those who love God in everything for good, those whom he preordained to be called.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we now know that unto those who love God, all things help them unto good, to those who according to the purpose are called to be saints.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints.

Darby Bible Translation
But we *do* know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to purpose.

English Revised Version
And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
Now we know that for those who love God all things are working together for good--for those, I mean, whom with deliberate purpose He has called.

World English Bible
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.

Young's Literal Translation
And we have known that to those loving God all things do work together for good, to those who are called according to purpose;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:28-31 That is good for the saints which does their souls good. Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven. When the saints act out of character, corrections will be employed to bring them back again. And here is the order of the causes of our salvation, a golden chain, one which cannot be broken. 1. Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. All that God designed for glory and happiness as the end, he decreed to grace and holiness as the way. The whole human race deserved destruction; but for reasons not perfectly known to us, God determined to recover some by regeneration and the power of his grace. He predestinated, or before decreed, that they should be conformed to the image of his Son. In this life they are in part renewed, and walk in his steps. 2. Whom he did predestinate, them he also called. It is an effectual call, from self and earth to God, and Christ, and heaven, as our end; from sin and vanity to grace and holiness, as our way. This is the gospel call. The love of God, ruling in the hearts of those who once were enemies to him, proves that they have been called according to his purpose. 3. Whom he called, them he also justified. None are thus justified but those that are effectually called. Those who stand out against the gospel call, abide under guilt and wrath. 4. Whom he justified, them he also glorified. The power of corruption being broken in effectual calling, and the guilt of sin removed in justification, nothing can come between that soul and glory. This encourages our faith and hope; for, as for God, his way, his work, is perfect. The apostle speaks as one amazed, and swallowed up in admiration, wondering at the height and depth, and length and breadth, of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. The more we know of other things, the less we wonder; but the further we are led into gospel mysteries, the more we are affected by them. While God is for us, and we keep in his love, we may with holy boldness defy all the powers of darkness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, to them that are called according to his purpose. A still further reason for endurance. Not only do these inspired groanings strengthen our hope of deliverance; nay, also we know (whether from God's Word, or inspired conviction, or experience of their effects) that these very trials that seem to hinder us are so overruled as to further the consummation to them that love God (cf. above, Romans 5:3, etc.); and at the end of the verse there is added, as introducing a still further ground of assurance, τοῖς κατὰ πρόθεσιν κλητοῖς; the significance of which expression is shown in the following versos, which carry out the thought of it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And we know that all things work together for good,.... There is a temporal good, and a spiritual good, and an eternal one. Temporal good is what the men of the world are seeking after, and generally have the greatest share of, and the saints the least; and yet they have as much as is needful for them, and what they have, they have with a blessing; and even sometimes afflictions work for the temporal good of God's children: spiritual good lies in a lively exercise of grace and a conformity of the soul to God; and is what the men of the world least regard, and the saints most; and sometimes afflictions issue in this sort of good, as they do also in eternal good, for they work for us an exceeding weight of glory: by "all things" may be meant, all beings good and bad: all good beings eternal or created: eternal, as Jehovah the Father, all his perfections, purposes, promises, provisions, and performances; Jehovah the Son, as the mighty God, and as Mediator, all that he is in himself, all that he has in himself, all that he has done, or is doing, all his titles, characters, and relations; Jehovah the Spirit, in his person, offices, and operations; these all have worked together in the council of peace, in the covenant of grace, and in redemption; and they do work together in sanctification, and so they will in glorification, and that for the good of the saints: all created ones, as good angels, good magistrates, good ministers of the Gospel: all evil beings, as devils, persecuting magistrates, heretics, and false teachers: all things, good and bad: all good things, outward peace and prosperity, external gifts, the ministry of the word, the administration of ordinances, church censures, admonitions, and excommunications; all evil things, sin the evil of evils: original sin, or the fall of Adam, which contains all other sins in it, was attended with aggravating circumstances, and followed with dismal consequences, yet has been overruled for good; hereby a Saviour became necessary, who was sent, came, and wrought out salvation; has brought in a better righteousness than Adam lost; entitled his people to a better life than his was, and makes them partakers of the riches both of grace and glory: actual sin, inward or outward; indwelling sin; which is made use of, when discovered, to abate pride, to lead to an entire dependence on Christ, to teach saints to be less censorious, to depend on the power and grace of God to keep them, and to wean them from this world, and to make them desirous of another, where they shall be free from it; outward sins, of others, or their own; the sins of others, of wicked men, which observed, raise an indignation in the saints against sin, and a concern for God's glory, and to look into their own hearts and ways, and admire the grace of God to them, that this is not their case; of good men, which are recorded, and may be observed, not for example and encouragement in sin, but for admonition, and to encourage faith and hope under a sense of it; of their own, for humiliation, which issues in weakening the power of sin in themselves, and the strengthening of the graces of others: but from all this it does not follow, that God is the author of sin, only that he overrules it to wise and gracious purposes; nor should any take encouragement to sin, to do evil that good may come; nor is sin itself a real good; nor is it to be said that it does no hurt; for though it cannot hinder the everlasting salvation of God's people, it does a great deal of hurt to their peace and comfort; and that it is made to work in any form or shape for good, is not owing to its own nature and influence, which is malignant enough, but to the unbounded power and unsearchable wisdom of God: all evils or afflictions, spiritual and temporal, work together for good; all spiritual ones, such as the temptations of Satan, which are made useful for humiliation, for the trial of grace, to show us our weakness, our need of Christ, and to conform us to him, and also to excite to prayer and watchfulness; the hidings of God's face, which make his presence the more prized when enjoyed, and the more desirable. Temporal afflictions, afflictions in body, name, or estate, nay even death itself, all work together for the good of God's people. The Jews tell us of one Nahum, the man Gamzu, who, they say, was (k) so called, because of everything that happened to him he used to say, , "Gam zu letobah", "this is also for good": and they give instances of several misfortunes which befell him, upon which account he used these words, and how they proved in the issue to his advantage: agreeably to this is the advice given by them,

"for ever (say they (l)) let a man be used to say, all that the Lord does, , "he does for good".''

Now that all things do work together for good, the saints "know", and are firmly persuaded of; both from the word and promises of God, and from the instances of Jacob, Joseph, Job, and others, and also from their own experience: and it is to be observed, that it is not said that all things "have" worked together, and so they may again, or that they "shall" work together, but all things work together for good; they "now" work together, they are always working together, whether it can be observed or not: prosperity and adversity, whether in things temporal or spiritual, work "together", and make an intricate woven work in providence and grace; which will be viewed with admiration another day: one copy reads, "God works together", or "causes all things to work together for good"; and so the Ethiopic version, "we know that God helps them that love him, to every good thing": and to this agrees the Syriac version, "we know that to them that love God, he in everything helps them to good"; and certain it is, that God is the efficient cause, that makes all things work together for his people's good. The persons to whom all things work together for good, are described as such

that love God; a character, which does not agree with all the sons and daughters of Adam: love to God is not naturally in men; it is wrought in the soul in regeneration, and is an evidence of it; it grows up with faith, which works by it; without it, a profession of religion is vain; and where it is once wrought, it lasts for ever; it ought to be superlative and universal, constant, warm and ardent, hearty and sincere: such who have it, show it by a desire to be like to God, and therefore imitate him, by making his glory the supreme end of their actions; by being careful not to offend him; by delighting in his presence, in his people, word, ordinances, ways, and worship; and by undervaluing the world, and all things in it, in comparison of him; who is to be loved for the perfections of his being, the characters and relations he stands in and bears to his people, and on account of the love with which he has loved them, and which is indeed the spring and source of theirs. They are further described, as such

who are the called according to his purpose. The called of God and of Jesus Christ; not to any office, or by the external ministry of the word only, but by special grace; from darkness to light, from bondage to liberty, from the company of sinful men to fellowship with Christ, from a trust in their own righteousness to a dependence on his, to grace here, and glory hereafter; which is done according to the purpose of God: the persons called are fixed upon by God; none are called but whom God purposed to call; those who are called can assign no other reason of it than the will of God; and no other reason but that can be given why others are not called; the time when, the place where, the means whereby persons are called, are all settled and determined by the will, and according to the purpose of God.

(k) T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 21. 1. Sanhedrin, fol. 108. 2. Cosri, fol. 151. 1.((l) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 60. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. And—or, "Moreover," or "Now"; noting a transition to a new particular.

we know, &c.—The order in the original is more striking: "We know that to them that love God" (compare 1Co 2:9; Eph 6:24; Jas 1:12; 2:5) "all things work together for good [even] to them who are the called (rather, 'who are called') according to His (eternal) purpose." Glorious assurance! And this, it seems, was a "household word," a "known" thing, among believers. This working of all things for good is done quite naturally to "them that love God," because such souls, persuaded that He who gave His own Son for them cannot but mean them well in all His procedure, learn thus to take in good part whatever He sends them, however trying to flesh and blood: and to them who are the called, according to "His purpose," all things do in the same intelligible way "work together for good"; for, even when "He hath His way in the whirlwind," they see "His chariot paved with love" (So 3:10). And knowing that it is in pursuance of an eternal "purpose" of love that they have been "called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ" (1Co 1:9), they naturally say within themselves, "It cannot be that He 'of whom, and through whom, and to whom are all things,' should suffer that purpose to be thwarted by anything really adverse to us, or that He should not make all things, dark as well as light, crooked as well as straight, to co-operate to the furtherance and final completion of His high design."

Romans 8:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Works In All Things
28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:12
It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today."

Acts 13:48
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

Romans 1:7
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:30
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Romans 11:29
for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.

1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours:

1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:24
but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Galatians 1:6
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--

Galatians 1:15
But when God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, was pleased

Galatians 5:8
That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.

Ephesians 1:9
he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

Ephesians 1:11
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Ephesians 3:11
according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 4:1
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Philippians 3:14
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 9:15
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

we know.

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

Romans 5:3,4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to …

Deuteronomy 8:2,3,16 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Psalm 46:1,2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

Jeremiah 24:5-7 Thus said the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

2 Corinthians 4:15-17 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might …

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

Philippians 1:19-23 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, …

2 Thessalonians 1:5-7 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

Hebrews 12:6-12 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and whips every son whom he receives…

James 1:3,4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience…

1 Peter 1:7,8 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

them.

Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad …

Exodus 20:6 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with …

Nehemiah 1:5 And said, I beseech you, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God…

Psalm 69:36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love …

Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with …

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have …

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 John 4:10,19 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and …

1 John 5:2,3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

the called.

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom …

Romans 1:6,7 Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ…

Romans 9:11,23,24 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good …

Jeremiah 51:29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD …

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the …

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, …

Ephesians 1:9,10 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

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