Romans 8:28 is one of the most well-known verses in the Bible: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God ...” (CSB). For many people, this verse is a source of tremendous hope. But for others, Romans 8:28 feels like salt on their open wounds.
When it comes to questions like racial justice, gender justice, and responding to abuse charges, there has often been a malaise in the church, in large part because the injustice didn’t directly affect those of us sitting in places of privilege.
When we allow sin to gain dominance in our lives, we start to experience death, even while we live. In Romans, death and life are not just options for the afterlife; they are conditions we experience now.
Before we received Christ, sin held us captive. We couldn’t stop sinning. But that’s not true anymore, because Jesus rules at our center with the powers of resurrection. But, even though sin can’t rule over you, it can still invade and harass parts of your heart. It works to enslave you, and it is always working for dominance.
Many young believers are uneasy when confronted with the problem of evil in the world. But what they often neglect to see is that the problem of evil is one that everyone has to grapple with. And if we step away from the doctrine of original sin, we find ourselves with a much worse explanation.
Women have always played a crucial role in God’s kingdom, and that is proven by God’s use of Deborah, a woman filled with the Spirit of God being used in the kingdom of God. Today, the church will only be healthy when our sons and daughters thrive within it.