How Do Bad Things Work For Good, What ‘Good’?

“All things work together for good.” But what exactly is the “good” that Paul has in mind? We might be tempted to think Paul is referring to philosophical discourses about the nature of “goodness,” such as Plato discusses it in the Republic, where Socrates describes “the Form of the Good.” But that is not what Paul has in mind here. The text itself provides the explanation as to the “good” Paul has in view-conformity to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:29). Providence is working to make us holy.” Derek W.H. Thomas.

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