Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 5
February 12, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<380> Thesis: The "working" of all things together "for good" requires a phenomenal wisdom. Introduction: In our study last week, we looked into the fact that Paul "qualifies" his declaration that "good" is going to be the final result of everything that happens. This, he says, is true for those who are loving God. We spent some time dealing with the reality of this "qualification" so that we might understand that even "L"ove is a vanity if it is simply a one-way flow that has no equivalent response in the "beloved". People who expect good to arise in the absence of genuine, human, love for God are simply wishful dreamers and deceitful manipulators. This fact is: "good" can only "result" in a setting where being "loving" and "beloved" is both real and balanced. This evening we are going to spend some time thinking about "things working together" to bring about "good".