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January 21, 2021 7:00 am
We say God works all things for our good.
What is good. Listen to Adrian Rogers. What good is that all things are working together, what it is not to make you healthy not to make you well not to make you happy not to give you fun but to make you like Jesus to make you like Jesus. God is that we may conform to the image of God, son, and how wonderful that is that you and I can be like the Lord Jesus and be with the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified with him.
Maybe. What a blessing welcome to the word finding featuring the dynamic, insightful teaching pastor and author Adrian Roger, the chemistry of the cross is that God can work bad situations for our good and his glory. This verse in the Bible reiterates the certainty and completeness of this ironclad rock ribbed promise of God. He works all things together for his glory and for our good. When we know this we can appreciate the blessings that we would otherwise mistake his burdens. If you have your Bible turn to Romans chapter 8 verse 28 as Adrian Rogers shares part two of the chemistry of the cross. Romans eight verse 28 and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and of them that are the call according to his purpose. What an incredible verse that is if you go to the pharmacy. You need some medicine that pharmacists will take models from the shelf sometimes and powders and other things that may be by themselves.
Noxious poison, but he mixes them together and makes medicine forests and so many times God does the same thing.
He takes situations and problems and things that in themselves look like the bad and hurtful and harmful admin God mixes these together in the crucible of his love, and the crucible of his wisdom, and the result is medicine for our soul something good and something wonderful this morning when I had my oatmeal and that oatmeal. There was some salt and salt is what sodium chloride chlorine deadly poison, but put together, they make so necessary for life. And so I want you to see how God takes this situation of your life circumstances and God by the chemistry of the cross makes these things work together for your good and for his glory by having said that, I want to look at our text very carefully because we just going to camp right here in Romans chapter 8 and verse 28, and as we think of the chemistry of the cross. The very first thing I want to think about is certainty of it. Do you have that the certainty of how to set verse began look at it it says and we know that all things work together for good. We know that all things work together for good know is and send butts about it. This is a promise of God. It is ironclad. It is rock. Most daughter no stammer. You can say I don't care what happens. I don't care how bad it may seem. I know that I know that I know that this is going to work together for God's glory and for my good.
Niemeyer was a preacher of another generation.
But he said something so wonderful.
I copied it down and this is what he said. He said if any promise of God should fail the heavens would clothe themselves with sackcloth, the sun, moon and stars would review from their courses, the universe would rock and a hollow wind would mold through a rule in the creation the awful message that can lie the print he can't lie cannot lie, and he says that all things work together for good to those who love God and so the very first thing I want you to get in your heart and in your soul today is the certainty in the habit.
Second thing, not only the certainty of it, but I want you to see the completeness. Look at that verse again and we know that all things work together for good, but most things about some things, not even almost all things, but that little word I thank God that it is that we know that all things hallelujah all things work together for good. The Bible means that when it says that all things work together, the sweet things the sorrowful things less attentive things the sinful things the simple things the smallest things work together for good. It's amazing how God set set master control Pharaoh has decided that all Jewish babies are going to be put to death. God takes a little baby puts that little baby in the bulrushes and Pharaoh's daughter comes by decide she wants to bathe in the Nile. Can you imagine this is princes and bathe in our marble tubs.
Maybe she remember the little swimming hole where she used to play as a kid she decides she's going to go down to the Nile and the Bible says this and the baby went low.
The baby went baby cry.
I baby cry. And God took the cry of a baby and brought Pharaoh's mighty King crashing the smallest God is sovereign. The certainty of it. The completeness of it. Now I want you to notice 1/3 thing is we look at Romans 828. I want you to notice the cause of how does this happen and we know that all things work together for good.
Some translations give this way and we know that God works all things together and put that with Ephesians chapter 1 verse 11. The Bible speaks of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will mount if you think that what I'm saying today about all things working together for good to those who love God.
If you think that far straight steel why you think it's far stretch as you just don't believe in a big enough God is a we know that God is the one who is working all things. That's the cause of it. Sometimes we get our eyes off of that Martin Luther was the mighty reformer Martin Luther who lead in the Protestant Reformation was a man of great great faith. But you know what Martin Luther like some of us was given to fits of despondency and depression. One day Martin Luther, in spite of his great faith he just got depressed, he got his eyes on the circumstances and the situation rather than on God and he went into his room and there in his room. He was brooding. There is room he was in a state of melancholy looking at circumstances, looking at the situation and he wouldn't come out. His last name was Petrenko. He called Kathy she tried to coax him out of the room, but he wouldn't come out.
They like Kathy did. One day she put on a black dress. She put on a black cat. She put a black veil over her face. She put black gloves own and came into that room. She was dressed for funeral. He looked at her. He said Kathy who is not all.
She said Martin, haven't you heard God's being what did you say I said he said Kathy that's funny she said yes, and it's blasphemy for you to be living likings. D Mark with the civil God forgive me God forgive me and Martin Luther got up and went out and began to live like God is not dead. God is alive and he wrote I guess my favorite him a mighty Fortress is our God will work for failing health. He amid the flood of model ills prevailing wage and our own strength confide are striving would be losing were not the right man on our side. The man of God's own choosing Jesus and we know that all things work together for good. That's the cause of God is the cause of now I want you to notice next not only the cost but I want you to notice the condition that this is not a promise for everyone.
This is not axiomatic for everybody. There is a condition to Romans 828 listen to it and we know that all things work together for good one. You see, look at it to them that love God today that love God you to put your initials by this unless you love God despises of God cannot claim as promised, haters of God, cannot claim this privilege campus promise and by the way, if you love God.
There's something wrong with you as well been said that somebody who does not love God is a beast with a man's head. What encourages me about this condition. What encourages me about this condition. Others may be able to give more than I can give. Others may be able to sing or preach or serve better than I can, but there's nobody on earth who can love God more than I can or you can anybody else. I mean the person next to you may have a lot more talent than you had they may have a lot more resources than you have more opportunities than you have.
But my friend there is nobody who has a monopoly on love in that wonderful elastic body can love God as much as they want to love God and is the condition by having Romans 828 work in your life and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and thought about it that you could put Romans 828 and reverse all things work together for good to those who love God and of those who don't love God all things work together for bad. That just put it in reverse is a wind living hi wide handsome right now but Fran is working out for your good.
But for evil in your life. All things work together for evil.
Let me put it that way. To those who don't love God, let me show you how seemingly good things can work against you. For example, preaching can work against you. They do is dangerous to come to church if you don't love God, and you, listen to me preach and you have no desire to love God and don't want to know God made you come for whatever reason I don't know what you don't intend to love God. Did you know the sermon will do you damage do you harm, the Bible says the gospel that we preach is a savor of life unto life or death unto death. The gospel sword is a two edged sword.
Jesus said when you going to a village to preach if they hear you wonderful but he said if they won't hear you. He said, shake the dust off your feet and then Jesus said that dust will be used against them in the day of judgment. Somebody knocks on your door to invite you to Jesus Christ, went to get out of here. I don't want to hear that you post quit pestering me and the door is slammed. There's the dust of the soul and right here.
God says Angel get that dust map put it in the vaults up in heaven. Final judgment comes here. There you say I didn't have an opportunity to hear God God. You can't let me die go to him. Oh God. You can't let this happen to me all God have mercy upon me. I expect to be saved. God's angel did exhibit a angel comes out then will dust the palm of his hand is I want to say, we see that dust that's the dust that a witness against you in the day of judgment about preaching is God, but not if you refuse it works together for me think about Jesus is. Jesus noted Jesus bad at all.
If you receiving these wonderful but you don't receiving. He works together for bad.
Did you know that you know that Jesus is the door, I will ask a question that piece of wood over there is that the door or is the opening the door. How many of you believe that the opening is that all limits against legal peace.
What is the dilemma see your hand how many of say I think you try to trap me and I'm not going let my heart door. What is the door is the door. The opening that you come through the door.
The piece of wood closes the opening which is the door well if you didn't have an opening you can have a door then you have a door without a shutter. A closer piece of wood, I guess so. But if you went down to the hardware store and settlement by door they can sell you an opening by just a piece of wood or metal or whatever it is Fran you're both right. The doors what let you in the door is what keeps you out, and his name is Jesus. You need to let you in.
You keep this a listen to those who live in peace away and refuse him as righteousness. That is to say all things work together for bad to those who love God didn't.
Did you know that the wicked plot death from the tree of life and of Jesus is not your Savior.
Listen to me will be a judge you're going to meet Jesus. I mean you have a date with deity. You will meet Jesus, and you will bow to Jesus. He will bow either to him as Savior and Lord, are you will bow to him as judge and executioner, which you will bow the knee. Jesus Christ is a list at the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God. Think of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Good you better believe it's good but what about if you're not saved. Is it good.
No, in acts chapter 17 the apostle Paul preaching on Mars Hill said this God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom it ordained where a given assurance and all men, and that he raised him from the dead. What is that mean it means that the assurance of judgment is the resurrection of Jesus. Why well, you can hold court the judge is dead and you can't hold court if the defendant is what Paul is saying is this, that the same God that raised up Jesus Christ is the God that will raise you up and you come to judgment what he's saying is this and listen very carefully. You cannot crawl up in the grave and pulled the dirt over your face and hide from God the resurrection of Jesus Christ seals your due.
I've never been able to understand why unsafe people put on the glad rags and celebrate Easter. I'm glad to come collection for Jesus, I'm glad to come hoping to get saved but if they don't intend to get say why should a person celebrate that day that seals is no God has given assurance and all men that there will be a judgment and that he raised Jesus from the day the condition of Romans 828 is that you love God. If you don't love God. Romans 828 goes in reverse for you. All things work together for bad to those who love God, but to those who love God all things work together for good. That's the condition of bow list come to the best part in the final part I want you to notice the consequences of what are the consequences. What is the good is the good that it all works together for you know sometimes we we trivialize this verse were driving down the road and we have a blowout we sell well all things work together for good, I guess is a sailing tire somewhere know is not what this verse means is not what this verse means, listen in verse 28. I will tell you something profound. It's followed by verse 29 now look in verse 29 and that word for is a preposition which means to it moves toward something for recalls whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son here like the good is that all things are working together for what it is not to make you healthy not to make you well not to make you happy not to give you fun but to make you like Jesus to make you like Jesus but God is that we be conformed to the image of God, son, and how wonderful that is that you and I can be like the Lord Jesus Christ and be with the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified with him in eternity.
What a blessing. What a blessing to take something God is not finished with the God is not finished with yet he wetly done a good work and you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Now if you're not say and everything is going good for you right now you healthy you happy your wealthy but you don't love God and so you sit here and say I don't need his God.
I don't need his Savior.
The Bible says in Judges chapter 5 and verse 20 the stars in the courses fought against Sisera Cicero did love God and the whole universe was against and God's program. The whole universe against you, and I don't care how good things are right now.
One of these days it's going to cave in for you because all things work together for bad to those who don't love God and you're going to die and drop into hail, because you will love God, let me tell you about the death. The devil always gives the best first the bread to see this week, but afterward a man's mouth will be filled with gravel. Let me tell you about Jesus. Jesus always saves the best for the last remember the wedding feast meant that I don't understand people gently put out the best wine first.
But you've saved the best for the last he always does what the consequences of loving God best friend one day will be glorified with the Lord Jesus Christ will be made liking this is what God is working for in my life in your life. All things work together for good to those who love God and that good that you be like Jesus and when the prepping Dawn of eternity is mingled with the setting sun of your life.
When all of the things that you bring foreign scheme for have gone and you see him in your life can you say hallelujah. Romans 828 and we know that all things work together for good. That love God for the call holding this part. A man father, we thank you for your word. In Jesus name, amen know if you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus. We would love to offer you an insightful resource go to our website and click the Discover Jesus link there you'll find answers, you may need about your faith. There's a response section. You can share how this message or others have impacted your life just go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says Discover Jesus we can't wait to hear from you today if you'd like to order a copy of today's message.
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