Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentRomans 8:28
- All things work together (panta sunergei).
- A B have o teov as the subject of sunergei (old verb, see on 1 Corinthians 16:16; 2 Corinthians 6:1). That is the idea anyhow. It is God who makes "all things work together" in our lives "for good" (eiv agaton), ultimate good.
- According to his purpose (kata protesin).
- Old word, seen already in Acts 27:13 and for "shewbread" in Matthew 12:4. The verb protithmi Paul uses in Romans 3:24 for God's purpose. Paul accepts fully human free agency but behind it all and through it all runs God's sovereignty as here and on its gracious side ( 9:11; 3:11; 2 Timothy 1:9).