Wednesday, May 16
“And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are the called
according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28 NKJV)
I’m at it again! Dissecting Scripture and digging into the meanings of the words.
If you read my post on Hebrews 11:1, Now Faith Is..., there is a word used there that is used in the verse above also. In the Hebrews passage, it is translated now, and in the Romans passage, it is translated and.
If you didn’t read that post, I’ll reiterate (you can click here to read it). The Greek word for now and and is a conjunction or connecting word between two thoughts. It also means but, moreover, moreover also, also, and also, or but rather. It would be more appropriate to say, “Moreover we know…” or “Also we know...”
The Greek word used in this verse for know actually means to see, the implied meaning is to know. It also means to perceive, notice, discern, discover, pay attention, observe, inspect, examine, look at or behold, experience, and suggests a full knowing.
The Greek word for working with is sunergeo, which, in part, means to labor together as partners, co-operate, co-worker or fellow-worker, help (work) with, work, or to put forth power together with and thereby to assist.
It comes from the word sunergos, which is the basis for our English word synergy. It means a combined action of two or more agents, when combined, have a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual effects. Or as one definition for synergy says: to be more successful or productive as a result of a merger.
The first definition of synergism listed in The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1966, says “the doctrine that the human will cooperates with the Holy Ghost in the work of regeneration.” Thank you, Random House! There’s the total effect of a merger!
Good means excelling in any respect, distinguished, useful, to advantage, suited to something, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, benefit, etc.
Called means invited, appointed, a saint, saints by calling, or an appointment to apostleship.
The Greek word for purpose is interesting. It means a proposal as an intention, setting forth of a thing, placing of it in view as show-bread is exposed before God.
Don’t you know love those definitions?
Before we put it all together, what is before this verse? What is it moreover or also? Romans 8:27 starts out with that moreover/also/now/and word again, “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (NKJV)
Now, what would Lynn’s Version say? More than knowing that the Spirit intercedes for the saints, pleading on our behalf...also we fully know that all things are synergistic, being more successful as the result of merging with the Holy Spirit, and working together for good, for benefit, for advantage, for those who love God, for those who are invited to be saints according to His intentions set before Him.
If we are in sin or worry and fret about a situation, we impede the Lord’s hand to work for good, because we are not working in accordance with His purpose. But when we take our attitudes and our hands off, leaving it in His hands, it all works together for our good and for our benefit.
God takes all our negative circumstances, our stormy trials, our griefs and heartaches, our failings, our weaknesses, our needs, and mixes them in with His love, guidance, comfort, peace, supply, and power, stirring them all together, molding them, and turns them around to display His creation of good.
Then, we can say with the psalmist, “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous to see!” (Ps. 118:23 TLB)
...and we fully know!
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