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Rom. 8:28 THE CHEMISTRY OF THE CROSS
Intro: Ill. A trip to the drug store to get a prescription filled. The druggist will take
several bottles off the shelf, mix them together and make a medicine. Some of the
chemicals he uses may be dangerous and even fatal, but when they are mixed
together in the proper amounts, they can heal your body. Have you ever
considered that this is how God works also? He takes all our problems, and our
situations, which look so terrible, and He mixes them all together in the crucible of
His love and produces something that is very wonderful - medicine for the soul.
In this great verse, Paul reminds the Roman Christians about the Chemistry
of the Cross. This process allows God to take all the circumstances of life, both
good and bad, both sweet and bitter, and blend them together into something
wonderful. He can take all of life and turn it into a situation that works for our
good and for His glory.
Allow me to share some of the blessings contained in this little verse as we
look together at, “The Chemistry Of The Cross.” As we do, be assured that God
can take your life, with all of its ups and downs, blend it with His grace, add a
heaping portion of His love and transform it into a thing of great beauty and
I. THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISE
A. Ill. “We know” - All things will work for good, no questions, no
B. This is an ironclad promise from Almighty God Himself - Rom. 4:21. (Ill.
His reputation rides on His Word!) (Ill. Al things will work for Good!)
C. Ill. F.B. Meyer, “If any promise of God should fail, the heavens would cloth
themselves in sackcloth; the sun, the moon and the stars would reel from
their courses; the universe would rock, and a hollow wind would moan
through a ruined creation the awful fact that God can lie.” Ill. But never
fear! Heb. 6:18; Titus 1:2.
II. THE COMPLETENESS OF GOD’S PROMISE
A. Ill. Not “most”, not “some”, but “ALL” Webster - 1.) The whole of, the
greatest possible; 2.) Every member or individual part of; 3.) The whole
number or sum of; 4.) Every; 5:0 Any whatever.
B. In fact, every thing in the life of the child of God is working for your good!
Even the things you don’t understand, or even like!
C. Notice some areas where God is working out our good and His glory.
1. Sweet Things Work For Our Good - It is easy to see how the sweet
things in life work for us. (Ill. Home, family, health, wealth, salvation,
etc.) These things are the stuff of life that make it good and make us feel
good about things. In fact, these blessings from the Lord ought to cause
us to want to be better Christians, Rom. 2:4. (Ill. We ought to thank and
praise Him for His blessings - 1 Thes. 5:18; Heb. 13:15.)
2. Sorrowful Things Work For Our Good - (Ill. A Russian invasion and
many carried off to slavery in Siberia. Would it be good? (Ill. There are
several examples in the Word of God where extremely sorrowful things
happened to people and it all worked for their good in the end. Judah -
Jer. 24:5; David - Psa. 119:71; Joseph - Gen. 50:20; Manasseh - 2 Chron.
33:11-12) Often the sickbed, the valley of suffering, or the time of
sorrow can out teach the sermon! When God allows a time of sorrow,
suffering or pain in our lives, it is always for our good and for His glory.
(Ill. He never said we had to like it, but we should strive to be thankful!)
Remember, it is the eye that is washed with tears that sees the best!
3. Satanic Things Work For Our Good - (Ill. Paul - 2 Cor. 12:7-10, Ill
Paul endured Satanic attack and affliction. But, God gave it to Him!) Ill.
God can even use the devil to work out good things in our lives. (Ill. Old
widow, no groceries and cruel landlord.) Even Satanic attack is used by
the Lord to grow us up in his image.
4. Sinful Things Work For Our Good - Ill. Christians ought not sin!
When we do, we will suffer, but God can take the suffering brought about
deliberate sin and use it for our good - Ill. Simon Peter - Luke 22:31-34.
D. God uses all the circumstances of life for our good. May not see the good
right now, but we can still take comfort and rejoice in the completeness of
III. THE CAUSE OF HIS PROMISE
A. The cause is the awesome power of God. He is all-powerful, all-knowing
and He is able to take control of every situation in life.
B. It’s easy to forget that God is in control - Matt. 28:18; Eph. 3:20; Luke 1:38;
Job 42:2. When we get our eyes off Him and on our circumstance, we are in
for a fall - Ill. Peter - Matt. 14:28-31. (Ill. Martin Luther and deep
C. When life closes in, remember this: If you belong to Jesus, God is behind
every circumstance you face. (Ill. Job 1 & 2).
IV. THE CONDITION OF HIS PROMISE
A. This promise is not for everyone. Only to those who love God.
B. If all things work together for good to the lover of God, the opposite must be
true for those who do not love him! (Ill. Preaching - Blesses the obedient,
and bruises the disobedient.)(Ill. If you went to a physician whom you didn't trust,
you wouldn't follow his prescription and treatment and as a result, you wouldn't
experience the blessing of healing. If you do not love God, and trust His widom,
you will rebel against Him and refuse to submit to Hill for your life.)
C. How can I tell if I really love God?
1. Are you saved? You can’t love Him until you know Him - 1 John 4:19.
2. Are you obedient? John 14:15; John 14:21.
(Ill. You have no right to claim Rom. 8:28 unless you qualify as one who
D. Ill. Jesus can be either good or bad. He is the door - John 10:9. To the
saved, He is the door into the glories of Heaven and eternal life, but to the
lost, He is the door into damnation and eternal separation in Hell. You see,
it is vitally important for you to “love God”, so this great promise can be
yours now and forever.
V. THE CONSEQUENCES OF GOD’S PROMISE
A. Ill. This is not a verse designed for your happiness! It is not to be taken
lightly. Ill. The verses that immediately follow it - 29-30.
B. God’s purpose in turning everything to good is not to bless you, make you
happy, or make you wealthy. God is doing all that He does to make you
more like Jesus! God didn’t finish with you at salvation. He will continue
to shape you until you reflect His image perfectly.
C. The whole purpose of Romans 8:28 is to teach us that God has an eternal
plan and that nothing will ever be able to change that plan! God is busy
reproducing Himself in each of us.
Conc: Ill. God always saves the best for last - Ill. John 2 - Jesus in Cana. The truth
of this great promise is this: One day when all our plans, hopes and dreams are
gone, we will be like Him! Ill. Imagine God to be like a great diamond cutter.
One day, as a result of everything you have endured and enjoyed in this life, He
will have chipped and chiseled you into His own image. That, and that alone,
makes every situation of life worthwhile. Ill. As God works out His chemistry in
our lives, we can be assured that we will be the ones who will ultimately benefit.
Bring all of you circumstances before him this morning and trust His wisdom in
Sermon By Alan Carr
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