All Things Will End Well for those Who Love God

Nowhere does one find in the Scriptures the idea that God predestines someone to hell or to heaven. In Paul, he always talks about Christians having been predestined to glory understood not as something wholly in the future but as already verified in some way in the present. The same goes for those whose present lives are characterized by opposition to the gospel; in a way these are said to be destined for destruction, not for the glory of the sons of God.

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We know that for those who love God, that is, for those who are called according to his design, all things work together unto good. (Rom. 8:28)


Paul has been considering the sufferings that the Church was undergoing at the time he wrote the letter (see Romans 8:18ff) and consoles his listeners with the thought that all the present suffering cannot be compared to the glory that is to come. They may be groaning under the pressure of the contrary winds of history, but all this “contrariness” is like the labor pains of a woman about to give birth. Indeed, the whole of creation groans with them as it awaits the revelation of the children of God. Not only creation, but the Holy Spirit aids them. The Spirit whom Jesus calls “the other Consoler”, not only prays with them, but also prays in, through and with them with groans and sighs. The “ecclesia pressa” groans in Spirit with all of creation as it awaits the revelation of the children of God. And so the Church should not be vexed: if it has been called by the Word of God (the ek-klesia is the assembly of those called), is justified now in baptism and glorified later, it is because God has predestined it to be so. And so despite present appearances, all things will work out well for those who love God. Since, after all, nothing will separate them from the love of God in Christ (see vv. 31-35)


Confidence in the Lord is the characteristic of the one who truly loves God — a longing, desiring, yearning, thirsting after, waiting for God that the psalms illustrate. In praying the psalms, I make my own the Church’s longing that its pilgrimage finally end, and that it be reunited with the Lord. A time will come when faith will give way to knowledge, and hope to possession and love becomes delight. Those who truly long for God — the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for justice, those who are merciful, those who are clean of heart, those who make peace — will be made complete. All things will end well for those who truly love God despite the negativity of the moment. Present tribulations will pass away; those who keep holding onto God, hold onto that which is permanent, stable, fixed and secure.


Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee:
All thing pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices. (Teresa de Avila)


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