Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And wee know that all things worke together for good, to them that loue God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to {His} purpose.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, `even' to them that are called according to `his' purpose.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And we are conscious that all things are working together for good to those who have love for God, and have been marked out by his purpose.
- Basic English Bible

But we *do* know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to purpose.
- Darby Bible

And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- Webster's Bible

Now we know that for those who love God all things are working together for good--for those, I mean, whom with deliberate purpose He has called.
- Weymouth Bible

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.
- World English Bible

And we witen, that to men `that louen God, alle thingis worchen togidere in to good, to hem that aftir purpos ben clepid seyntis.
- Wycliffe Bible

And we have known that to those loving God all things do work together for good, to those who are called according to purpose;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 8:28

8:28 And we know - This in general; though we do not always know particularly what to pray for. That all things - Ease or pain, poverty or riches, and the ten thousand changes of life. Work together for good - Strongly and sweetly for spiritual and eternal good. To them that are called according to his purpose - His gracious design of saving a lost world by the death of his Son. This is a new proposition. St. Paul, being about to recapitulate the whole blessing contained in justification, (termed glorification, #Rom 8:30|,) first goes back to the purpose or decree of God, which is frequently mentioned in holy writ. To explain this (nearly in the words of an eminent writer) a little more at large: - When a man has a work of time and importance before him, he pauses, consults, and contrives; and when he has laid a plan, resolves or decrees to proceed accordingly. Having observed this in ourselves, we are ready to apply it to God also; and he, in condescension to us has applied it to himself. The works of providence and redemption are vast and stupendous, and therefore we are apt to conceive of God as deliberating and consulting on them, and then decreeing to act according to the counsel of his own will; as if, long before the world was made, he had been concerting measures both as to the making and governing of it, and had then writ down his decrees, which altered not, any more than the laws of the Medes and Persians. Whereas, to take this consulting and decreeing in a literal sense, would be the same absurdity as to ascribe a real human body and human passions to the ever - blessed God. This is only a popular representation of his infallible knowledge and unchangeable wisdom; that is, he does all things as wisely as a man can possibly do, after the deepest consultation, and as steadily pursues the most proper method as one can do who has laid a scheme beforehand. But then, though the effects be such as would argue consultation and consequent decrees in man, yet what need of a moment's consultation in Him who sees all things at one view? Nor had God any more occasion to pause and deliberate, and lay down rules for his own conduct from all eternity, than he has now. What was there any fear of his mistaking afterwards, if he had not beforehand prepared decrees, to direct him what he was to do? Will any man say, he was wiser before the creation than since? or had he then more leisure, that he should take that opportunity to settle his affairs, and make rules (or himself, from which he was never to vary? He has doubtless the same wisdom and all other perfections at this day which he had from eternity; and is now as capable of making decrees, or rather has no more occasion for them now than formerly: his understanding being always equally clear and bright, his wisdom equally infallible.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 8:28

Ro 8:28 All things work together for good. The third ground of encouragement to saints in suffering is now given. To them, under God's providence, all things, even their sorrows, trials and persecutions, work together for blessing. This precious assurance is not to all mankind, saint and sinner, but is limited to a class. To them that love God. These are those who enjoy the blessed assurance just given. Notice the order in the Revised Version, which is the order of the Greek, "to them that love God all things work together for good". The love of God is the very foundation of the Christian life. See Lu 10:28 and Joh 14:23. The expression, "them that love God", is synonymous with "Followers of Christ". See 1Co 2:9 Eph 6:24 2Ti 4:8 Jas 2:5. The two expressions "them that love God" and "the called" are are different ways of describing the same class. To them who are the called. These have been called by the gospel and have accepted the call. Many others are called Jews and Gentiles, but only those who hear and obey are chosen (Mt 20:16 20:14). Paul uses the term of the latter class; those who hear and obey. The evidence that we are "the called" is that we love God. According to [his] purpose. This call was purposed from the time that God promised a Deliverer of the fallen race (Ge 3:15).

Discussion for Romans 8

  • Webster Tatenda
    Thank Lord for the love of yours that surpass knowledge, for You spared not your own son, You manifested yourself through Him in flesh as a sacrifice for the sin so that l, we may be exempted from the sinful nature and the wrath that follows it, l may conform to the desires of law that are holy through the Spirit that enables me, so that l become righteous and deserves to be called son of God.
  • Offor kelechi
    I surrender myself unto thee,am a great and I hope my subscription to daily Bible reading will change and as well turn my life around.....Jesus!! Have mercy on me I have walked astray help me Lord, this and many more I pray
  • Cynthia
    God is good this chapter teaches saints that we must do God will in verse 13 .We must yeild our life ,not obey the flesh.God gave his son that paid the price for our sins and by asking God to forgive us of our sin and recieving Jesus in our life by faith their will be a change take place not to sin.If the saints sin repent and be victorious , we will be accountable for the sins thank God for Jesus
  • Kim ashmead
    Praise the LORD His Mercy Edureth FOREVER
  • Lilian
    Thank you Jesus for reminding me with your words that everything will work for good to them that love God and to them who are the called according to his purpose. Teach me Lord to be born again in spirit every moment of my life. Thank you for your blood Lord praise you Jesus and i will love you and trust you forever amen
  • Jim
    This chapter tells the born again believer that each member of the Trinity is on our side. We absolutely cannot ultimately lose our salvation. We will face difficulty, persecution, trials and direct attacks from the enemy of our souls but we are heaven bound because of Christ and the blood He shed in our behalf. He was delivered for our offenses and raised for our justification!