“And we know that all things work together for good to the m that love God, to them
that are called according to His purpose.”
Many will recite this verse and conclude that all things means everything that ever comes to pass and they would be correct. Nothing in creation just ‘happens’ for all come to pass according to the will of God, through the power of that will to accomplish the purpose for which it was created. Since the purpose of God is in Him and He created all things for Him then the power of that will must be through Him to the praise of Him and nothing may be outside this realm or escape its domain. Yet Paul uses this phrase ‘all thing’ in a context that is specific to show that these things which he is speaking of work together in harmony to the purpose of God.
He begins with the conflict between the law in His mind and the law in his members. These laws are axioms of the two natures as neither will capitulate to the other for they stand diametrically opposed to each other. The law in the members cannot understand the law of the inner man and the law of the inner man that delights in the law of God cannot be polluted by the corruption of the natural man. Thus Paul is brought tot he doleful conclusion that he is a wretched man in need of deliverance from the body of this death and that he cannot accomplish this on his own. And at the same time he is made thankful to God and to rejoice that the deliverance is through the Anointed Salvation of Jehovah who is Lord over all.
This experience cannot happen to one who has not been born from above. The one who is born from above must have been IN the Anointed Deliverer of Jehovah, loved with an everlasting love by the Master, sanctified by the Spirit to be preserved and given to the Son by the Father to be redeemed, washed, quickened and raised again. Unto this one there can be no condemnation because he was IN Christ Jesus as He became the sin of His people and delivered them from their sin. This unity is vital, essential and eternal. And unto those who meet this qualification and privilege, a law has been given of the Spirit which causes them to walk, not after the flesh to fulfill the lusts and desires thereof, but to walk after the statutes and commandments of God. These have had the heart of stone removed and the heart of flesh inserted with the laws of God written upon it and God has given His Spirit to them which causes them to walk therein. Again this is not open to the public and ‘who-so-ever wills’ but is reserved for the elect according to grace. The conflict within is the proof of the presence of the Spirit of life.
He then expands upon this conflict by saying that the endeavours of the flesh to gain favour with God are futile since by the deeds of the law no flesh can be justified. Anyone who has their attention upon the things of this world does not have the Spirit f God dwelling within and therefore they walk after the flesh. They cannot please God, measure up to the standard of His Holiness or overcome the things of the flesh because to be carnally minded is death. Yet the child of grace, being born from above and having the Spirit of life in him, walks by that same Spirit which quickens the mortal body and mortifies the deeds of the flesh making the child free from the bondage of fear. These things are not displayed outwardly for the world to see and they cannot be discerned with the nature eye either, for the Spirit cries out, the Spirit makes intercession before the throne having the mind of God and the Spirit bears witness with our Spirit that we are the children of God. “Beloved now are we the sons of God”
This Spirit is the spirit of adoption wherein the true child of grace will be changed at the end of the time of their habitation to be like the Son Himself. It applies only to those who are one with Him because they are of the house of the firstborn. Because of this privilege they are heirs of God and joint heirs with His Anointed One but they must first suffer with Him that they may be glorified with Him. This adoption is for those who are the sons of God who inhabit earthen vessels which were afore prepared unto glory and which shall be changed to be like unto the “Son”. He is the express image of God and the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in Him bodily. The child inhabits a vessel of clay in which the fullness of the Godhead dwells but now groans together in pain awaiting the time of deliverance from the body of this death and to be fashioned as He is. This is the adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
And what does this all add up to? Paul said that he had done the math and had counted up the sum of the matter and his conclusion was that the sufferings of this present time were not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in the child of the King. All of the struggles, the trials and tribulations and all of the conflicts within pale in comparison to the time when the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved and the child stands before the throne clothed upon in incorruption and immortality completely conformed to the image of the Son of God.
“But it doth not yet appear what we shall be” These things are not revealed to the natural man and the wisdom and beauty of them are discerned in the natural realm. God has revealed these things from faith to faith and thereby is the child saved by hope. Not some kind of wishful thinking and lofty desire but the assurance that because of the faithfulness of the Redeemer and His finished work, all those whom the Father gave to Him in eternity shall come forth in Him not by any work which may be done or must needs yet be done, but because of “Christ IN you, the hope of glory”. These things are not tangible, visual or tactile as they are not of this world and likewise is the intercession of the Spirit who helps our necessary infirmities with groanings that cannot be uttered because He has the mind of God being One with Him. The One who knows the purpose of God and performs all according to the power of that will and searches the hearts prays for His children before the throne of grace in ways which NO MAN could ever do.
Now Paul says, “And we know that all (these) things work together for good to them that love God”.
Each and every one whom He is intimate with, as intimate as an husband and wife who are no more twain but ONE FLESH, before the foundation of the world, He established all these things as necessary and good unto the pre-established conclusion (destination), that they be conformed to the image of His Son. And unto each one of these He calls with the voice of the King, wherein there is power, and each responds because “another man’s voice they shall not hear”. He also has justified them by the finished work of the faithful Son and glorified them with the same glory that the Godhead has (John 17:22). Hence the vessel afore prepared unto glory, received that glory when the Son gave them the glory which He had with the Father before the world began.
“What shall we say then to these things?”
The conclusion of the matter is that God has performed all according to His will and for the good of His elect seed, according to His purpose that He purposed in Himself. So, SINCE God be for His people, who can be against His people? Herein is the peace and patience of the saints.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 7, 2011