And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The above verse is probably one of the most quoted verses when something terrible happens in our lives. I think every time I've had a death in my family, someone, somewhere, will quote this verse to me. It is meant as a form of comfort, of course, and people mean well when they say it, but how does it really apply to our lives? Do all bad things have a good purpose? Does God purposely cause all things to work out in a Christian's favour?
The verse immediately after Romans 8:28 gives the impression that God makes everything work out for the Christian, that He basically has preordained who would become His, thus enjoying His blessings. But is that what it really means?
I can do all things through Christ
What does it mean to have the power of Christ within you and available to you? What should that look like? Does it mean you can perform miracles as Jesus did? Should we be able to heal people or do extraordinary things in His name? How can it help us during a world wide pandemic? What does Philippians 4:13 mean when it says, "I can do all things through Christ?"
I believe in keeping the Scriptures in context because we can take a verse and make it mean something it wasn't intended to convey when we don't. So let's look at the verses that precede and follow Philippians 4:13.
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
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