HOW DO WE KNOW IF ROMANS 8:28 APPLIES TO US
Charles e Whisnant
August 19, 2012
How can we know that Paul’s statement , “All things work together for good…” is true with respect to us, as to how I may know that this is true of us.
Now I do like to teach with a theological intent, so did the Apostle Paul, but really most of the time Paul was interest was primarily pastoral.
Sometimes many deal with theory of something rather than how is it practice. But you need to combine them, there is always a practical intention. The intent of course is to help you in a practical way, with your problems and struggles.]
The message should not be only for the mind and understanding, but also for the heart and will. One needs to have understanding yes, but also the will to accomplish what he knows to be true.
So how do we know this promise is applied to us? We certainly as Christians often quote this verse.
First we need to know whether all this applies to us, and if we conform to the description that is given of the people to whom this does apply, because it does apply to a certain people.
WHO DOES THIS PROMISE APPLY TO:
So we can ask the question why does Paul describe Christian folks in this manner. “ Why did he not just say “All things work together for good to them who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’? Of course that is just as true of Christians. So why does he instead say those who love God?
Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 2:9 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
I would say, to a degree in order to contrast the Christian with the non-Christian. Romans 8:7 says 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Here Paul gives a disparity between those who say they are Christians and those who really are. Some believe that been a Christian is simply those who have in their mind regarded that they are saved by it been a matter of intellectual acceptance of truth only. They have in their mind just said they are Christians. There is really no real love relationship experiences with Jesus Christ.
The problem with unbelievers or non Christians is not that in reality do hate God. Here is the only two alternatives in the Scriptures about who is and who is not a Christians. Either you love God or you hate God. The non believer hates God (in God’s terms) and the Believer “loves God.”
In other words the Believer goes beyond just believing in God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the term Lordship does not bother him, and the idea that God saved Him does not bother him. To say as a Believer you believe that your salvation was by the sovereign will of God and for His pleasure is not offensive to you.
James 2:19b “The devils also believe, and tremble.” And devils are not Christians so there need to something added to the description of a Christians. “They love God.”
For this verse to apply, “Are you a Christian…that loves God?”
“Well” you might say, “I have always believed in God” but that belief may be of no value whatsoever: it is not of necessity Christian belief.
A person could be a theist., I mean he could have the belief that one God created and rules humans and the world, and not necessarily accompanied by belief in divine revelation such as through the Bible. And not be a Christian. You can have an intellectual assent to the truth about God and have certain belief about the truth about God and still not be a Christian.
Isn’t it true that not every one who says they are a Christians are indeed one.
(First set of notes from the message).