The Promise Driven Life
As Paul has written to the Roman church, he has made some astounding claims in this 8th chapter. First, he has said that there is absolutely no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.
He has said that every believer in Jesus Christ through SPIRITUAL ADOPTION has become a child of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ.
He has pointed out that every believer enjoys the help and aid of the Holy Spirit as he makes intercession to God for us, expressing to the Father the deepest needs of our hearts that cannot be expressed in words.
Then comes this great statement of Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are called according to his purpose."
It is as though Paul imagines that an objector is saying, "Paul, if we as Christians are not condemned and if we are joint heirs with Christ, and if we have the help of the Holy Spirit, why is it then that we are enduring trouble and sorrow, strain and strife? Why is it that some of the brethren have died and some have been cast into prison and some have been separated from their families?"
Many of you have heartaches. There are problems, unanswered questions, depression, and discouragement. Perhaps there has come to you this week news of distress. Perhaps there are problems in your family or in your home. Perhaps you have physical problems or perhaps you have financial problems.
In the midst of it all, you ask what possible purpose could these things serve?
No doubt, some of these Roman Christians were questioning the providence and purpose of God in their lives. So Paul writes to them to say that we have triumph over troubles, because the Christian life is a life with purpose.
It was not necessary for him to say to them or to us, "Be strong in the midst of apparent victories." Anybody can live on the mountain top. Anybody can live midst the "hallelujahs" and "praise the Lords" ...
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