Sermon Notes-February 5, 2012
Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church-Pastor Milton Vincent
Romans 8:28-31 = God is FOR us.
If you can learn and internalize these verses, you will never doubt that God is FOR you. Know it in moments of failure. Realize we don’t deserve for God to be for us even on our best day. Not based on our performance, but on Jesus’ performance.
FOUR INDICATIONS THAT GOD IS FOR US WHO ARE HIS PEOPLE
1. God works all things together for our good.
-The Gospel isn’t just a piece of good news that you make fit into the bad parts of your life.
-Because of the Gospel, we can know that God works all circumstances, even evil, to work for good in your life.
-We don’t call evil good, just know that God makes evil serve his purposes for our good.
-We know with absolute certainty, every wound, every hurt; your past, present and future circumstances, He weaves for good.
-God used the worst sin in human history (His Son on the cross) to accomplish the most good in human history.
-Think about how God used Paul’s frustrating circumstances. Paul was prevented from seeing the believers in Rome (Rom 1:13) and because of that, Paul wrote the book of Romans. Think of all the people this letter to the Romans has blessed over the last 2,000 years. The book of Romans itself is an illustration of Romans 8:28!
2. God intentionally knew us long before we knew Him.
-Remember when you read v. 29 that you are coming alongside a man in worship as Paul gives voice to deep theological truths.
-Before we knew Him, God chose us. (Eph 1:4)
-The choice according to foreknowledge (1 Peter 1:1-2)
-God knew us before the world began.
-The word foreknowledge is a relational term. (Greek, pro + ginosko).
-Foreknowledge means that God knew people, not just things about people, i.e. like looking forward to see who would choose Him.
-He knew us, we as people, persons.
-Know=Relationship i.e. Matt 7:23; 1 Cor 8:3; Hos 13:5 and Amos 3:2 (translated as the Greek word ginosko in Septuagint); also Rom 11:2
-proginosko=set one’s regard upon in advance, to determine to enter into a loving relationship. Another way to put it is, those whom he fore-loved.
The story of your conversion technically begins before the world was created!
Do you think that God would invest in us from before the foundation of the world just to leave us hanging in our present circumstances? Be encouraged in this!
3. God predestined us to transformation into Christ-likeness.
-Look at Christ in all His Glory. God says to you, “This is your destiny. When I’m done with you, that is what you are going to look like!”
-Even when we are hurting, God is working to bring to fruition your destiny to look like His beloved Son.
Note from Terrie: I’m sure that this message is to be continued. There is so much more to think about and learn from these verses. I for one, can’t wait!
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel