Does God Really Work all Things Together for Good?

Episode 53 Show Notes 

Does God Really Work all Things Together for Good?

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Does God really work all things together for good?

Here's what Paul isn't saying in Romans 8:28: he's not saying all things are good. He's saying, God works all things for the good of his people.

God is not causing wars. God is not causing violence. God is not causing us to give in to temptation. And yet, God takes these things which are not his responsibility and turns them to our profit and to his glory. He's already determined what he will allow in this world and he won't allow anything that he hasn't already determined to use for our good and his glory. That doesn't mean our short-term good, but working it together for our good means for our ultimate salvation. You see that with Joseph. The fact that his brothers throw them into a pit that turns his life in a terrible direction, and yet God raises him up and makes him Prime Minister of Egypt so that even their lives are saved during the famine…And he says to his brothers, "you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good." So even when evil is intended by other human beings toward us, God allows it because he has a different purpose for that event. — Michael Horton​​

Questions in this Episode

1. What do you think are some potential blind spots of the church today?

2. Does God really work all things together for good?

3. Why did God allow men to have multiple wives in the Old Testament when Paul makes it a requirement of an elder for a man to have only one wife?

4. What does Paul mean in 2 Corinthians 5:2 when it talks about “longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling”?

5. Why does the Bible seem so confusing?

6. Was Jesus saved by faith?

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