romans 8:28 sermon outline

He perceives and clearly understands the constitution, use and properties, the bearing and the end of every organ, system, instrument, which forms this wide, mysterious world of animated nature that surrounds us. So, too, it is in other departments of God's works. )The Christian conception of the universeH. There is the man, and God knows what he is for, and says, Man, keep up to thy destiny; leave earth, selfishness, sin, hell down beneath thy feet, and come up. (1) The condition of justification and prerogatives of the justified are laid down in many parts of Scripture. There is nothing vindictive in God. The perception, the discriminating faculty, the transmuting power, the principle to repel the evil is wanting; nay, the very will to obtain the good is wanting. THERE IS AN ASPECT IS WHICH THIS STATEMENT IS LIMITED. All the arrangements of nature, the machinery of His government, the revelations of Himself show this. (2) Because they have had a supernatural call.II. He was there before it all happened, he is there when it happens, and he is still there after it is all over. Look at the life of Moses, and Joseph, and David. At last the top of the crystal appeared. God made the world for our abode, and furnished it for our accommodation. That being wanting, how should the soul derive the good of things? Let us now penetrate to the real centre of the apostle's thought. God loves those unfortunate victims of epidemic or shipwreck as much as He loves us, and more perhaps. W. Nothing is idle. He must to some extent make the aim of his teacher his own, and co-operate with him, in order to receive the full benefit of his tuition. Light is beautiful, but light alone cannot form the picture. The thunderbolt that prostrates some sheltering tree lets heaven shine on a spot of earth where it never shone before. THE DIVINE SUPREMACY.1. THERE IS AN ASPECT IS WHICH THIS STATEMENT IS LIMITED. The charioteers of the Roman circus might with much cleverness and art, with glowing wheels, avoid each other; but God guides the fiery coursers of man's passion, yokes the storm, bits the tempest, and keeping each clear of the other from seeming evil still enduceth good, and better still; and better still in infinite progression. God says, " My grace is sufficient for thee."2. (2) Otherwise Universalism has in these words the strongest possible foundation. TAKE THE WORDS ONE BY ONE.1. Avalanche, hurricane, earthquake, are but order in an unusual form; destruction and death are but progress in veiled attire. Spurgeon. To love (Romans 8:35-39).It is the love of God (both His love to us and our love to Him) that changes all things, whether good or untoward, into blessings. That is not the good for which things are working, But if we go deeper, and interpret by the good, the larger life, the maturer spirit, the holier existence, then there is a conspiracy in all things without to help us.II. 3. Once they were at enmity with God. If all things are working, let us "work while it is called to-day, for the night cometh when no man can work."2. There is, secondly, the course and constitution of natural things, as they subsist around us in their harmony and concurrence of operation. SPECIFICALLY — to "them that love God." This is the lesson we learned from Paul in Romans 6:6-7; 11-14; 17-18. What to them the bounties of providence? 1. Let us not wonder if we have to work too. The hearings of society, the strife of anarchy, the tumults of war — all these things, overruled by God, have but made the chariot of the Church progress more mightily. To believe in that general plan by which all things work together for the glory of God is not enough. (5) From the biography of the good. I saw the work going forward on some of the public buildings, where lions, and eagles, and wreaths of flowers were being carved. 1. 2. And they regard the evil as simply evil; hardly sensible that even this is turned to infinite advantage to the children of God. On the other hand, if we hearken to God, all God's creation will hearken to us. It was a dark day in the experience of Joseph when his brethren east him into a pit; but God was "with Joseph," and led him from prison to a throne. He perceives and clearly understands the constitution, use and properties, the bearing and the end of every organ, system, instrument, which forms this wide, mysterious world of animated nature that surrounds us. If we love God, we are in harmony with the whole working of God's universe. Look at our history. Look around, above, beneath, and all things work —(1) In opposition to idleness. But there is an unseen and beneficent Hand that wields and fashions the issues of all.1. Until you cease to ask how long. (b) Ordinary afflictions. God's goodness, instead of leading them to repentance, hardens their hearts. But there in the stern sits the father. He regards the bondage of Israel, the crucifixion of Christ, the fall of the Roman Empire, and the dark periods of the world's history as necessary links in the chain of God's providential dealings. We are like children prattling about the affairs of nations. It is the same in the moral sphere. The person loves God. The light by which they go astray is light from heaven. 5. Thus also He knows how to blend the bright and dark things in human life to produce the most holy characters. And now join and work with them. "All things." For their sake He has given something incomparably more valuable than all things here, even His beloved Son, who is constituted "to the Church, head over all things." All things work for our good. Steele. 2. Prosperity may, or may not, be a good thing. He will make "all things work," etc. It will test the value of my friends. Whatever form the good may assume, whether We call it instinct, rationality, volition, moral excellency, grace, perfection, if we trace the stream back into its origin, we shall look into the depth of the Divine decree.3. But, then, neither can he imagine that this operation should be as if from a sudden and incidental thought of the Almighty. And yet one would not dare to repeat this to-day. (2) In opposition to play. This conviction inspires courage, kindles enthusiasm, and girds with strength.I. Put the savage in presence of those forces, he will find only suffering and death. In the lowest levels of animated existence there are the tokens of work. (5) Glorification — that is, reaching the destiny. A large assertion! Love as a passing subsidiary emotion is not religious love. 1. Providence is in league with holiness. The loving heart makes the diligent hand.2. Moses says, "And as thy day, so shall thy strength be." "Work." The sublime assurance of the apostle (vers. But while all things work together for good to those that love the Lord, we are told upon the same authority, "the way of the ungodly shall perish!". What to them the bounties of providence? (1) There is the worldling's good, the good of the moment. but where is the impossibility of its being true? If so, you are a lover of God. Bereavement. That is not the Christian view of God's creation. 6. (3) In opposition to Sabbath. Divine justification rests on a solid foundation. But the most animating light of this truth falls on the darker side of human life. They will admit that there is good in health and prosperity, But they find it hard to see what good there can be in sickness, in adversity, in poverty, or in sorrow. H. Spurgeon.We have here —I. Providence is for the righteous; it is against the wicked. The great dome seemed full of harmony. Paul goes on to explain how this is so in 8:29-30. "Thou art good, and doest good." T. I find it easy to believe that all things have worked together for my good. Have I satisfaction in thinking of Him? The law of motion is impressed on everything.2. Nay! GOD IS PLEASED TO FURTHER THIS NATURAL TENDENCY OF THEM BY SPECIAL ACTS OF HIS PROVIDENCE AND GRACE.1. There is a prodigious amount of energy in operation which has the appearance of agitation only, without plan or project. "How long shall I be afflicted?" "For good." 29). The strifes of barons and kings might have been thought to be likely to tread out the last spark of British liberty; but they did rather kindle the pile. There is nothing vindictive in God. And this places the soul in a new system of relations with the world and its events, and that the most advantageous one that is possible. Well! God does not to-day attach happiness to faith, and success to piety; if He did so, we should obey Him in order to be happy, and God would be served only by mercenaries. )The Christian's delivery from the tyranny of circumstanceD. The charioteers of the Roman circus might with much cleverness and art, with glowing wheels, avoid each other; but God guides the fiery coursers of man's passion, yokes the storm, bits the tempest, and keeping each clear of the other from seeming evil still enduceth good, and better still; and better still in infinite progression. The wreck of mortal hopes has often enriched our immortal hopes. And after the same manner as these emblems and illustrations represent, all things in Providence concur for the final salvation of those who love God, and are the called according to His purpose.III. They all play into one grand purpose — "for good," literally "into good." And if all things are working together for our good, what reason have we to envy the wicked in their riches and prosperity? It is only upon our entertaining the call of the gospel and consenting thereunto that there ensues a transition of the heart to the love of God. GOD IS PLEASED TO FURTHER THIS NATURAL TENDENCY OF THEM BY SPECIAL ACTS OF HIS PROVIDENCE AND GRACE.1. In practical service. God the Father, who created us, watches over our steps; God the Son, who redeemed us, lives to intercede for us; God the Holy Ghost, who dwells with us, enlightens and sanctifies us.II. When the crystal appeared, then the whole strife became how so to break the rock away from it, and how so to strike the rock as to extract the crystal. Every particle in his body is a separate worker. If this be so, what should be our great concern? A deep thinker sums up his science on this point by saying that "humanity, like a wheel, describes a fatal circle." 4. BENEVOLENT IN THEIR AIM. THERE IS A SIDE ON WHICH THIS STATEMENT IS UNLIMITED. It is plain that all things do not work together for good because of any peculiar virtue in the things themselves, nor simply because of the time and manner of their occurrence. Must we say, It is for good? World balances world. They both share in great public benefits and calamities, and in this more favoured part of the world the Divine revelation shines on both classes alike. It is this antecedent purpose which is the cause of our love. But, granting that we may be mistaken, God infallibly knows them that love Him.2. As they are proper to make us reflect on our past conduct.2. It changes the aspect of every conflict of life. It is this which stands as a wall of iron between heaven and earth. that belief belongs to us; we have given it to the world; do not let the world turn it against us. This world is a vast factory; the events and experiences of life are crude materials seized by the iron teeth of trial, combed and carded, pressed under heavy rollers of sorrow, spun into warp and woof by the whirling spindles of duty, dipped here in the bright dyes of joy and prosperity, there in the dark hues of suffering and affliction. We know it, because God has said it, because others have testified to it, best of all, because we have experienced it ourselves. But let the observer set himself to watch from day to day the busy work as it goes on; let him patiently examine, not only the minutest details, but also try to obtain a view of the general scope of the whole, and he will not be long in finding out that some superior mind regulates all, and that every stroke of every workman is conducive to the same ultimate effect. Multitudes, without knowing it, think the thoughts of Plato and Aristotle, Bacon and Newton. D. UNDER THIS DIVINE SUPERINTENDENCE ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. There is no opposition in God's providence; the raven-wing of war is co-worker with the dove of peace. That type to which God has called His creatures. What is thus true in nature is just as true in human life; not only when man's thought is busy about them, and his own hand upon them, but often almost as much when the man rests and sleeps. With a mighty sledge-hammer he vigorously dealt blow after blow upon the rock, and chipped off piece after piece. Peter arrived at courage through cowardice, and attained to fortitude through failure. The security of the justified believer is as safe as the foundation on which it rests (vers. But when we eat the fruit we know the tree. All men are called by the ministry, by the Word, by daily providence, to love God; the great bell of the gospel rings a universal welcome to every living soul, yet there was never an instance of any man having been brought to God simply by that sound. The Sabbath, the sanctuary, the Scriptures. Men and angels "work together," They are our "fellow-servants," and are "sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation." THE UNIVERSAL LAW — "all things work." (b)Enables the soul happily to appropriate the universe. Those who do not love God have no right to its blessed comfort. O. Peck, D.D.This text is a tonic. "For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." Confusion and mystery seemed everywhere. )The operations of Divine ProvidenceJ. Here is an epidemic; a believer who is spared pretends to see in this fact the mark of the special preference of God. 2. Ah! 1. Christ says, "Lo! Too much joy would intoxicate us, too much misery would drive us to despair: but the joy and the misery, the battle and the victory, the storm and the calm, all these compounded make that sacred elixir whereby God maketh all His people perfect.3. Thus also He knows how to blend the bright and dark things in human life to produce the most holy characters. You remember a time when you lay low. The man who has no skill or knowledge has his boat struck by every wave, and ships sea after sea, until at last he suffers shipwreck. So that the force exerted by the child, though misdirected, all works for good when the father guides.(H. So then, when you see your little child relating his faults to God, and asking Him to make him better, is that a teaching of pride? Stratten.I. Are we not now in a position to answer the question — "Do all things work for our good?" He brought out the sun, and said, "Your destiny is to illumine and warm these worlds." Batchelor.I. Bersier, D.D. For what are they raised to this height? What million-fold animation gleams and murmurs in the summer air! HARMONIOUS IN THEIR DESIGN. So that the force exerted by the child, though misdirected, all works for good when the father guides.(H. IV. For your good. The text does not say all things will, or may, work for good; but "all things" are now working "for good." The apostle connects man here with three things —. Light is beautiful, but light alone cannot form the picture. If we must recognise with pleasure that God acts in preserving us from danger or suffering, we must also repel the theory of a special preference. You insist on our insignificance. Yet these, instead of making men think of eternity, seem to make them think more of this present world. This love can only come from a heart that has experienced the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. (1) This argument is as self-evident as it is wonderful. They are ceaselessly active for a purpose. (2) The reality of the substitutionary character of Christ's work is unavoidable, according to these words.IV. The love of God in the heart is the secret of all spiritual rest and peace.3. He said, "Move on," and the sun has done it. To raise our thoughts to the contemplation of a future and more perfect state of happiness.II. 4. Protracted conflicts with self, Satan, the world, adversities and sorrows, often leave us discouraged. What to them is the effect of all nature, with its beauties, its vicissitudes, its productions? (4) As their future inheritance.2. It consists of two particulars.1. THE UNIVERSAL METHOD — "all things work together." How can we recognise a Divine plan in that bloody play which is called history, in those ancient civilisations which have so thoroughly disappeared, in those insolent triumphs of force or cunning, in those miscarriages of the best causes? Peter arrived at courage through cowardice, and attained to fortitude through failure. (d) Love to God supposes resignation to His will, and acquiescence in its decisions, without resentment or murmuring.2. Would not that, if it could suddenly come on their perception, pacify them at once? What God calls our good is not what we call our happiness. THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH BRING SUFFERING INTO LIFE. For good. "What! The rock was good for nothing; the crystal was everything. Steele. The physician prescribes medicine; you go to the chemist, and he makes it up; there is something taken from this drawer, something from that phial, something from that shelf: any one of those ingredients, it is very possible, would be a deadly poison if you should take it separately; but he puts them into the mortar, and when he has worked them all up, and has made a compound, he gives them all to you as a whole, and together they work for your good. Fiddes, D.D. Appeal is made to experience. I can look back at the past, and wonder at all the way whereby the Lord hath led me. The child would, perhaps, make its way out of the harbour and into the ocean, and be carried away and lost, if there were no guiding power in the boat but its own. "Why pretend that God occupies Himself with each of His creatures, since He governs the world by invariable laws?" Might he not be struck with a religious horror lest himself should fall into sin? SPECIFICALLY — to "them that love God." By the experience of them that love God. Everything contrary to holiness in the life of the believer is a frustration of the Divine purpose.3. Romans 8:34 . That thought was born the day when Jesus taught His disciples to say, "Thy kingdom come." The cutting and polishing of diamonds is done by friction. If God design afflictions for our good, then if we would not oppress or frustrate His design in them, we must endeavour to profit by them; for, like all other means of piety, they do not operate of themselves to our advantage without our own concurrence.3. But when, in the midst of a tame and easy existence of selfish happiness, I see a Christian delight in the thought that his lot is privileged above others, I can understand the sceptic's smile and indignation. BENEVOLENT IN THEIR AIM. God is building up the Christian in accordance with a perfect plan into a majestic temple for the decoration of the eternal city.II. God not only carries on His great designs by a pre-established plan; but THE VERY MINUTEST CONCERNS OF HUMAN LIFE ARE ALSO COMPREHENDED IN IT. The physician prescribes medicine; you go to the chemist, and he makes it up; there is something taken from this drawer, something from that phial, something from that shelf: any one of those ingredients, it is very possible, would be a deadly poison if you should take it separately; but he puts them into the mortar, and when he has worked them all up, and has made a compound, he gives them all to you as a whole, and together they work for your good. In general the union of ourselves with God, the studying, loving, enjoying Him, and furthering His purpose for ever.3. H. Changes in the history of nations work together for good. One form of good that is realised is the closer union of the soul with God. A Pagan view of life would tell us that we are placed in a world where law and necessity reign. If we love God, we are in harmony with the whole working of God's universe. A particular good must give way to a general good, and our personal benefit to the glory of God and the advancement of Christ's kingdom (Philippians 1:24). Oh, how imperfectly are we aware of a plurality of trial, to wake from our lips the sweetest anthem of thanksgiving to God! He puts his hand upon his poor distressed brethren — he looks at his companions and he says, "We! The Christian's heart is a "golden bowl" turned up towards heaven, and into it God is ever pouring benefactions. Here is failure, mourning, suffering alighting on a Christian soul. The tempest strives not with the peaceful calm — they work together. W. Beecher.I sometimes think of it as of a child sitting in a boat. The combination of the elements is as perfect in a particle of water as in a diamond. How can we recognise a Divine plan in that bloody play which is called history, in those ancient civilisations which have so thoroughly disappeared, in those insolent triumphs of force or cunning, in those miscarriages of the best causes? Bersier, D.D.1. How all the course of your past life, without your design, has conspired to fit you to bear the burden and fulfil the vocation of this present hour! "Never mind! Since the day when Adam fell all things have had to labour. No, certainly, for that would be to lie to my nature.3. 38, 39). The next day he brings out one ear. (a)Condition of justification (Romans 5:1; Galatians 2:16). C. Hughes, A.M.)The true Christian's blessednessC. NOW HE WHO LOVES GOD POSSESSES, AS IT WERE, A GRAND SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY BY WHICH THESE DARK THINGS OF LIFE ARE MADE SACRAMENTAL. Be patient and trustful, for He is making you after a beautiful pattern, even the image of the Only Begotten. This special graciousness to them that love Him is open to all, but a righteous ruler must limit moral benefits to moral obedience. The loving heart makes the diligent hand.2. Not to love God, who is the centre and source of all Divine moral loveliness, is to be incapable of good.2. What to them is the effect of all nature, with its beauties, its vicissitudes, its productions? I return to the word "work" — to notice the tense of it. THE ENDURING NATURE OF THE DIVINE LOVE.1. 2. Well! Many misquote this text and read it in the future, as if it were only "will work together. )Divine providenceElias Nason.I. Trace the wisdom and love of God in ordaining your path to heaven through "much tribulation." H. (1)The foundation of the assurance — the Lord Jesus. God's hand is upon the wheel of providence; and when His work is complete, we shall say, "He hath done all things well."2. For it sometimes happens that a man is obliged in reason and justice to do those things which appear to others the most unreasonable. Angels and demons work. How?1. Changes in the history of nations work together for good. The two were made for each other. When persecution arises, he says, "Not my will, but Thine be done." And this cannot be less than a security that "all things" shall be made to minister to them. The fragile insect, a mere speck of animated light, pipes its feeble song in harmony with "the music of the spheres," and poises its wings of gauze for flight in consonance with the universal law and order of the great creation.2. This conviction inspires courage, kindles enthusiasm, and girds with strength.I. We cannot hasten the ripeness and the sweetness of a single day, nor dispense with one night's nipping frost, nor one week's blighting east wind.(F. The treachery of earthly friends has often driven us to closer communion with the faithful and true Friend in heaven. THERE IS A SIDE ON WHICH THIS STATEMENT IS UNLIMITED. That you should have an intelligent, responsible, undying nature.2. (3) For all His conduct, for the wisdom, faithfulness, holiness of His procedure — for what He withholds as for what He grants. And when you would escape from the evils which threaten you, are you not, like us, obliged to resort to the human means which experience points out?" Kelly. If a man be standing firmly on a river's bank and sees another gliding gaily but inevitably down to a tremendous precipice below, shall he be envious of the pleasant sail that intervenes before the dread catastrophe?4. 2. Does not the exquisite adaptation of outward nature to minister to our animal senses, physical wants, desire for knowledge, and love of the beautiful show that the Creator intended to make His moral creatures happy? All the provisions of grace. Said Jerry, "Never mind!" Where is pride if not in that attitude of a feeble and sinful being who says, "Let others call upon Thee; I can do without Thee"?2. The love of God in the heart is the secret of all spiritual rest and peace. Providence is in league with holiness.II. God the Father, who created us, watches over our steps; God the Son, who redeemed us, lives to intercede for us; God the Holy Ghost, who dwells with us, enlightens and sanctifies us. The text does not say all things will, or may, work for good; but "all things" are now working "for good." But you have many a time confessed, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted." We know the fact (not the philosophy) because it is the declared purpose and promise of God. Expect not that all things will work together to make thee rich; it is just possible they may all work to make thee poor. replied Diagoras, "we should also hear the testimony of those who rest buried beneath the waves!" Romans 8:28-30. I find it easy to believe that all things have worked together for my good. If God means afflictions to us for good, under which I all along comprehend disappointments, then there is no forming any certain judgment of the wisdom or folly, of the virtuous or vicious state of men, from all that goes before them. (2) None of them work separately. But the most animating light of this truth falls on the darker side of human life. Or, inspired with fervent thankfulness for having been saved or redeemed from it, might he not feel an emotion to implore the interference of Almighty Power? "For good," not for our prosperity. And now, taking a more general view, what is to be the outcome of all the clash and discord and imperfection that has been going on since time began? (d) Love to God supposes resignation to His will, and acquiescence in its decisions, without resentment or murmuring.2. A cure, for example, in which human science has taken no part, seems to them, should be attributed directly to God; if the physician had interfered, in their eyes he would have relegated God to the background. God does not manifest Himself to us in that alone which astonishes and disconcerts us. And we further inquire, what man or what men? That is, I had been lost as to my soul, if I had not lost my estate. Confusion and mystery seemed everywhere. H. Spurgeon.We have here —I. "All thinks work," not frictionally, or at random, but "together." 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