I accidentally posted this in the general forum. Not sure how to delete a post so it's still there but reposting here to the appropriate forum.
Someone please help me to understand if I am misinterpreting this scripture. From what I read, it means that these things work out for our good if we ARE Christians, not for those who are unsaved. I have a friend that uses this as a pep thing to lift up a mutual friend that is going through some stuff but taht also is not Saved and literally says their master is the devil. Am I not understanding this scripture? How do I go about explaining to her that this scripture doesn't apply to non-Christians IF I am understanding it correctly?
The key to this passage is the 2nd part of Rom 8:28... And the verses surrounding this passage (the context in other words). See the part below in bold:
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren;
30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Does a non-Believer love God? (vs 28)
How can a non-Believer be called according to God's purpose unless they know Jesus Christ? (vs 28)
Who are the called? Those whom God foreknew and predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son...
Those who are predestined, called, justified, glorified. (Vs 29 & 30)
Those who don't believe are none of those four things.