GOD’S GOODNESS TO THE BELIEVER
God is good to all mankind, but, to the believer he gives many promises.
It is God’s desire that we accomplish the purpose for which He created us and He will supply every need we have in order to get the job done.
I. PROMISES ARE DEFINITE (vs 28)
God says all things good times and hard times,
times of financial success and failure,
in sickness and in health, in times of social success and in times of humility all things are working together.
Please notice the word “together”
If you think that you are not treated fairly just remember what God has done for you.
Sometimes we experience sorrow and great pain but when we weigh that against the great many blessings and the character that God is creating in us for His glory it is all for our good.
Promises are not for everyone, but for those who are called and yielded.
A. To them that love God
28 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.
These promises come to those who love God.
Do you love Him today?
How have you showed Him your love lately?
Love is not an emotion that can be forced nor can it be pretended.
Love must be genuine or it is not love at all. How can we love God?
The word “love” here is from the greek word “Agapao”.
It is love in a moral and social sense.
Love that God the Father has for the Son.
The love that God has for mankind and expressed in John 3:16 when He gave His Son for mankind.
All things work together for good to them that love God.
B. The called according to His purpose.
There are two requirements to having all thing work together for good.
First, one must love God.
Secondly, one must be part of those who are the called according to His purpose.
Many are called but how many are willing to give God their life that He might accomplish His purpose.
Yet, we cannot claim the promise if we do not present ourselves to God for His service.
If only we could fully realize the benefits of yielding to God we would gladly yield our lives to Him.
All things working for good.
God living in us and working His will in us - imagine the potential when we give all to God!
God living and working in us accomplish His will at every juncture in our life.
No foe is too great for God.
No service is too hard for God.
All things work together for good to them that are called according to His purpose.
II. PROMISES DEFINED (vs 29-30)
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
A. God knows you and always has.
That means He knew you from before time.
1 Pet 1:2
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
God knew when He created you, everything about you.
He wants to accomplish His purpose with your life.
B. God predestinates
God knows all things. He knows who will be saved and who will not. For those who will be saved God pre-destines to be conformed to the image of His Son.
This in no way lessens the responsibility of the believer to witness as a matter of fact it increases that responsibility.
We do not know who will be saved and who will not?
God wants the gospel to reach everyone.
The fact that He knows the response does not mean that we should not witness.
Fairness requires that they hear the Word and have a chance to be saved.
If we knew who would be saved and who would not we may hesitate to witness to those who would not.
God predestinates those who will be saved to be conformed to His image.
C. God justifies
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
2 Cor 5:21
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
D. God will glorify
To glorify means to honor.
What greater honor than to be brought into the presence of God and to be brought into His presence in the image of His son.
The Bible tells us here that we will be conformed to the image of His Son.
It is only as we stand in Christ that we can come into the presence of God and be conformed to the image of very Christ. So that when God sees us He sees His Son.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
1 Pet 5:10
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
III. PROMISES DEFENDED (vs 31-34)
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who can condemn those whom God loves and redeems with the blood of His only begotten Son.
A. God is our defender
1. God sent His Son to die (vs 31-32)
God has a right to defend those who are His bought with the Blood of His Son.
No one can deny God those who are His.
2. God will accomplish His purpose in us through Christ. (Vs 32)
B. God is our justifier.
1. If God justifies who can dispute that justification?
No one is higher than God.
No one is perfect and could claim that they deserve to be justified by some other means.
The law could not save. No other system could save.
2. God alone has the authority to justify and forgive our transgressions.
a. Because God is Sovereign
b. Because God gave His Son to buy back fallen humanity.
c. Because Christ now sits at the right hand of God as a constant reminder.
Satan brings accusation but Jesus says see here and he shows His nail scared hands and says I paid for their transgression.