Paul's reference here is to Psalm 44:22 expressing that it was for the sake of God that the saints of Old Testament times were often killed or suffered the persecutions of men which led to death. Now for the sake of the Gospel the same persecutions arise and death remains a constant threat as though the believer was valued good for nothing else.
When the bullets are thick, and there will be times when this is true, we will find ourselves either being drawn closer to Christ or finding ourselves discouraged. Then these verses should remind us of the truth herein communicated. Separation from Christ cannot happen for the saint.
How amazing is this to recognize that while the Holy Spirit prays for us, Jesus Himself is also interceding on our behalf at the throne of Grace. This is the risen Christ who is triumphant over sin and death. The Victor pleading the sufficiency of His sacrifice over the accusations of the enemy. He is not pleading our innocence because the accusations are valid because they are based upon our sin. Because He is our High Priest He can give us the grace we need to be victorious over the various temptations that come our way.
This is an important verse because it refutes any possibility of judgment being brought against those for whom Jesus died! The enemy of our soul is the chief accuser and will oftentimes try to convince the redeemed that they are somehow condemned. Be if He Who sits upon the throne has liberated us, who then can condemn us? Who then shall nullify those made just by God miraculous Grace? No one!
What do we hold most dear in our hearts? Is it not the love we have for our children? So why would the love of the Father be any different? Since He has delivered up His only Son, the sacrifice for all, how will He not now give us all that is required to keep us, His new children?
Whatever is profitable is what is provided. We oftentimes find ourselves discouraged because we cannot discern between the various diversities to see whether they may be testing or chastisement. It may be good to remember that the wrath of God is being constantly revealed because sin is the wrath revealed! It has its own reward! Therefore, chastisement requires no further action from God's perspective because sin will grow heavier until it brings us to our knees. Testing on the other hand draws us closer in our relationship as we trust that His will, by whatever means, will have its perfect way with us. We have this perfect assurance because He spared not His only Son who guiltless hung on the cross of Calvary for my sin! There can be no further sign! Oh what joy that fills my heart each day as I ponder this miraculous deliverance given to such a sinner as me.
It boggles the human mind to discover that before you were ever born that you were called! I suppose the question that arises should be whether or not we are living up to that calling? This requires that we recognize not only the calling but Him Who called us. For faith and obedience are toes on the same foot. Action without providence is arrogance while inaction is passivity. Neither of which will lead to a worthy life.
We often wrestle with this particular verse because the concept of foreknowing is foreign us. Therefore, our understanding from the Father's perspective is impossible to grasp. We can also make logical assumptions that are NOT substantiated by Scripture. One such assumption would be to assert that some might be foreknown and predestined to destruction but this is NOT anywhere substantiated. Another would be that the foreknowing was the Father looking forward into time and seeing who would respond to the Gospel of His Son. However, this would make the Gospel dependent upon the created rather than the Creator when in actuality salvation flows from omnipotent decree. An omniscient Creator can see the result of His omnipotent decrees. There are no contingencies but rather certainties.
Without the Holy Spirit we cannot "know!" "Knowing" is the illumination of the human heart trapped in utter darkness! This illumination is more certain than the warmth of the sun upon your face or the gravity that holds your feet to the Earth. Yet if we do not respond to this warmth, we may miss forever the opportunity to bask in the glow.
But people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. (1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT)
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
(John 3:3 NLT)
If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!
(John 14:7 NLT)
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NLT)
Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never know Him through human wisdom, He has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.
(1 Corinthians 1:21 NLT)
Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.
(1 Corinthians 2:15 NLT)
And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
(1 Corinthians 2:12 NLT)
When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring Me glory by telling you whatever He receives from Me. All that belongs to the Father is Mine; this is why I said, 'The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.'
(John 16:13-15 NLT)
But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don't need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as He has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
(1 John 2:27 NLT)
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him." But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets.
(1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NLT)
Our understanding is totally dependent upon the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit NOT intellectual prowess. Therefore, we are without excuse and misunderstanding is no longer an option.
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
(Hebrews 11:3 NLT)
Likewise, the terms upon which men may now be saved and thus receive the Spirit are as clearly defined in the Scripture. Salvation is by grace through faith. It is the result of the transforming work of God for man, and not the result of the work of man for God. It is that which God does for the one who trusts the Saviourhood of Christ. By that trust, Christ is personally received as the divine, Redeemer who shed His blood as a sufficient ransom for the guilt and penalty of sin, as the One who reconciles by having taken away the sin of the world, and as the divine Propitiation who, as Substitute, met every indictment brought against the sinner under the holy government of God. Grace, Lewis Sperry Chafer
This verse is draw the conclusion that those who live in the spirit of obedience because of their love for God will find that all things work together for good. The things that are working are God's providence and His Spirit to bring about His good pleasure. Much can and has been incorrectly assumed from this verse by taking it out of the near context. It is God working His perfect plan in those whom He has called into His perfect love. This is communicated in active voice present tense. For us the continuous working of all things. Though they may no appear good, nevertheless they are harmonized to bring us into perfection. All we bring to the equation is our weakness.