All things for good
Scripture: Romans 8:26–8:30
Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
All things for good
The Spirit helps us pray according to God’s will as God works all things for good for us
1) The Spirit helps in our weakness, for we don’t know what to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us with wordless groanings, 8:26.
How does what Paul says here about prayer connect with what he has been saying about our hope in suffering (8:18-25)? Why are we so weak in prayer?
2) He who searches hearts knows the Spirit’s mind, for he intercedes for saints according to God’s will, 8:27.
What does this verse say specifically is our weakness in prayer? How does the Spirit help us in prayer?
3) We know that all things work for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, 8:28.
How do “we know” all things work together for good for God’s people? What are the two conditions Paul places on this promise? What does it mean to be “called according to God’s purpose”? Do you really believe this promise in light of things that have happened in your life?
4) Those whom God foreknew he predestined to be conformed to his Son’s image, that he would be the firstborn of many brothers, 8:29.
How does v.29 connect with v.28? What does it mean for God to “foreknow” a person? What does Paul say is God’s goal in predestining those whom he foreknows?
5) Those he predestined he called, those he called he justified, and those he justified he glorified, 8:30.
Does Paul leave any place for “fallout” between his predestining, calling, justifying and glorifying his people? How can Paul say that God has already “glorified” those whom he predestined, called and justified? How does 8:28-30 comfort and encourage us, especially in suffering?
John Piper: Once you walk through the door of love into the massive unshakable structure of Romans 8:28 everything changes. There come into your life stability and depth and freedom. You simply can't be blown over anymore. The confidence that a sovereign God governs for your good all the pain and all the pleasure that you will ever experience is an incomparable refuge and security and hope and power in your life.