Romans 8:28-30, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
The Apostle Paul’s words in the above text are quite astounding for many reasons, but my focus is on how encouraging these words should be to the Christian. Taking a close look at verses 29 and 30 will reveal the extent of the Apostle Paul’s encouraging words in verse 28. The question one must ask themselves is how can I know that all things will together for good? Paul gives us the answer. He says God foreknew us and those whom He foreknew He predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ, both things good. Paul continues to say that those He predestined, He also called (All things work together for good to those who are called) and those He called, He also justified (present stance before God), both things good. In summation, Paul says, and whom He justified these He also glorified (future stance before God); revealing the ultimate good. So in essence, Paul is showing us that for those who have been called by God all things have been good since the beginning. Because he foreknew, predestined, called, and justified us and it will be good for us who are called in the end because He has already chosen to glorify us. Since it has been good from beginning and will be good in the end, everything in the middle (what we don’t know and see) will work together for good. The encouragment for us lies in the never slumbering sovereignty and providence of Almighty God, who watches over us and keeps us until that Day. If God started the work in us, He will surley finish it.