By our own experience; we are assured of it by the event and effects of all things, both upon ourselves and others. Question believers, and they will tell you that in the severest trials they have discovered signs of the Divine goodness, Now, even when outwardly all seems to be identical in the life of him who loves God and of him who does not, we must admit that events will work upon men according to the mind with which they are accepted. II. There is often a need be for their being in heaviness through manifold temptations. Everywhere we receive the most solemn warning against its commission; and everywhere we hear also of the chastisements it brings, even upon those who are rescued from its finally condemning power. “For good.” This is a necessary deduction. The whole chapter emphasizes the work of God in the believer’s life through his spirit (see verses 9,13, 27) and encourages believers to … The child does not know the coast, and it very little understands how to row. The bosom of Providence is the great moral crucible in which things work together. Each wheel in the subtle and complicated mechanism revolves on its separate axle, yet all are cogged in some transcendent unity, and move towards one common and sublime destination. Ah! Therefore let none either engross this mercy or despair of it. IV. The verb καλεω is translated by bid, Matthew 22:3-4. Secondly, it is an affection of the greatest influence and extent. (R. Fiddes, D.D.). 1. (D. Why, the clear and ostensible fact that it is utterly impossible for men or devils to inflict spiritual detriment on God’s true people, because he is always present with them, turning every curse into a blessing. Harmoniously. Anterior to this, the thought of God stood associated with feelings of jealousy and insecurity and alarm. The call is in accordance with the purpose (comp. 1. Patient submission to God’s arrangements. Hence the Apostle anticipates this and says, that though God does not immediately succour his people, he yet does not forsake them, for by a wonderful contrivance he turns those things which seem to be evils in such a way as to promote their salvation. It imports that all behaviors love God, and that none but believers love Him. Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible. The whole scheme of nature is the “works” of God. The word for love is agapao, the same term used in places like John 3:16. 1. Stilt more refreshing to find that what he says he knows is just that about which we have been much in doubt. If there be any true judgment to be made of men, with respect to their spiritual condition, from their circumstances of life, we ought rather to judge in favour of the afflicted and unhappy, for there are several things spoken very much to their advantage in Scripture. It may touch the bone and the flesh. But this is not what the apostle here says, nor does he go so far as to say that all things actually work together for the good of all human beings; for clearly our experience tells us that they do not. Much may be done in an hour which will last for ever. According to his purpose. We must keep alive the consoling knowledge "that all things," etc. BibliographyPhilpot, Joseph Charles. The objection, why sufferings are not removed, should be answered by reminding believers that all things work together for their good. The fundamental attitude on both sides now comes to the front. The regimen: εἱς ἀγαθόν, for good, has a more precise meaning in the apostle"s language than that usually given to it. Evil elements cannot be combined; they are antagonistic to each other. I do not say that the weak reasons of a man’s conduct never appear to us in his disappointments, for they often do; but we must see at the same time very particularly what way he took, what circumstances he was in, and upon what motives he acted. But God has a plan; that plan extends to the minutest circumstances in the Christian’s life; and by that plan God makes everything work together for His good! With what ease the writers of the Bible give expression to the mightiest and most astonishing statements! Even “sin” is evil “work,” and “death” is “the wages” of its ill desert. Intensity, not duration, is the measure of their importance." let a man be used to say, all that the Lord does, לטב עביד, "he does for good". 3. On the thought, comp. From every trial he extracts nutriment for sustaining a more steadfast faith, a more fervid hope, a more expansive charity. 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. This knowledge is consoling. Only here, Mark 16:20. Peter"s ungodly denial of his Master prodded him on in his loving of his Lord. And we further inquire, what man or what men? Compare 2 Corinthians 7:9-11; Acts 28:16 and note. Romans 8:28, ESV: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Observe, 4. https: (T. Chalmers, D.D.). The good determined: being “conformed to the image of God’s Son.” Each believing man is as a block of marble, hewn out of the great quarry of unregenerated humanity, and appointed to be dressed and formed according to the Divine ideal. 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. Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary. But what we are is precisely that which hinders our happiness, And the question is, How are we to compose our inward evils? Others believed that "all things" is the subject and rendered it "all things God works ..." (NIV). This article from the Bible is found on xv., p. 48; G. Bersier, Sermons, 1st series, p. 269; Plain Sermons by Contributors to "Tracts for the Times," vol. Everywhere in Scripture we read of the great evil of sin. he always meant to do. ‘Paul, it must be remembered,’ says Calvin on this text, ‘is speaking only of adversity;’ and he adds, ‘Paul is here speaking of the cross; and on this account the observation of Augustine, though true, does not bear on this passage — that even the sins of believers are so ordered by the providence of God as to serve rather to the advancement of their salvation than to their injury.’. All occurrences, and events, and stations, and conditions, whether good, or bad, or indifferent, whatever is done and disposed in the world. 2. Must he search the bosom of Providence? I. (b) Spiritual good. ), I. It is a very large and comprehensive word, and so makes for the greater comfort and encouragement of all believers. A ray of light is bent by the same angle for the Christian as the sinner; but the difference is this: the one sees God in it, the other sees himself, or nothing in it. 1. Two characteristics of believers are here given-one descriptive of their feeling toward God, the other of His feeling toward them; and each of these is selected with the evident view of suggesting the true explanation of the delightful assurance here conveyed, that all things are, and cannot but be, cooperating for good to such. It means not only any good result whatever in which everything issues for the believer, but that constant progress to the final goal to which the plan of God leads us, and which constitutes our real destination. 3. They are called according to God’s eternal purpose, according to which He knew them, and purposed their calling before they were in existence; for all God’s purposes are eternal. The shape it may assume, the end to which it may be subservient, we cannot tell.