Working All Things Together For Good: Metaphysical Meaning of Romans 8:28

apple-tree-ca24295307An eight year old boy and a seven year old girl each want a juicy red apple. Unfortunately, the apple of their eye is six feet above their heads on a tree. They arrive at the insight that if the girl stands on the boy’s shoulders she can reach the lowest tree limb and climb for the nearest apples. The two succeed where one couldn’t have.

Here’s another story where two can succeed where one can’t, but we’re going to take you back to the 1940’s. Jimmy Durante and his agent were on their way to a radio show in Durante’s honor. They had also planned to make a quick stop at a veteran’s hospital on the way. Jimmy had a soft spot for veterans injured in foreign wars.

Durante did a portion of his one man show, sang, played the piano, and tap danced for the vets. As he was ushered quickly toward the door after his performance by his agent, Jimmy noticed two veterans on the front row. They were each applauding his performance.

 Fans showing their appreciation was not unusual. What was unusual is that both of these veterans were amputees. One had lost his left arm and the other his right arm. But together they were able to applaud him using each other’s good hand. Jimmy was so touched, he returned to the stage and did his entire show!

These examples have one thing in common. They are all about synergy, about people working together so that their working together works for their common good!

Why things work together toward our good and the mutual good of others is the topic of today’s blogcast, using a scripture from Romans 8:28.

Romans 8:28 from a Metaphysical Perspective

We’re going to start by taking a look at a commonly used phrase which reinforces the illusion of our separation from Spirit. The phrase is: “All things work together for good.” It is based on a misinterpretation of Romans 8:28.

The scripture as it normally appears reads: “We know that for those who are called according to (God’s) purpose, all things work together for good”  (International Standard Version).

How many times have you heard someone say, “Things have a way of working out.” or “It will turn out all right in the end because all things work together for good.” Or, in its more extreme form, “God is good all the time.”

MagicWandWhat these phrases suggest is that most people believe there is a God “out there” waving a magic wand making sure everything works on our behalf all the time for good results.

The implication is that we are shepherded through life’s experiences by a benevolent Presence who guarantees safe passage through every experience even if those experiences are considered bad experiences. There seems to be an element of predictable good, controlled by something outside if us, that is associated with this assumption.

Here’s the deal: There is no external God “out there” separate from us, waving a magic wand, or anything else for that matter, that guarantees everything will turn out right. Stuff happens in life. Sometimes rather disturbing stuff. You know what we mean. The Truth is, it is up to us to engineer goodness into our human experiences because we are divine by nature. It is our job to use all things for good!

WorldInHands copyWe believe there is a Rightness that is the Truth of us, a rightness that is in our DNA, that knows how to use everything for good if we so choose. We are empowered by our indivisibleness with the Eternal Presence because It expresses Itself in human form as us.

We are sure you’ve noticed by now that we humans always have the free will to choose selfishness or selflessness, make self-centered choices or other-centered choices, and choose Truth over error. Eric Butterworth captured the essence of this idea in his book, Unity: A Quest for Truth, when he said, “The great need is not to set things right, but to see them rightly.”

Romans 8:28 does not say everything that happens is good. Nor does it say all things turn out like we want them to. It doesn’t even say whatever happens to us will eventually turn out good.

We believe its truer meaning implies that the nature of the Eternal Presence is goodness and wholeness, and that it is us who determines whether things work together for good or not. The good is there. It is built into the nature of things. We just need to believe it, find it, and express it – individually and collectively.

The phrase “to work together” comes from the root word sunergeo which is Aramaic. It shares its origins with the Greek words “sunergiā,” which means “mutual cooperation,” and sunergos which means, “working in concert.”

The use of the word sunergeo in Romans 8:28 explains the dynamic synergy which occurs in human, divine, and cosmic cooperation. At its most basic interpretation, synergy means “unity, cooperation, working together.” It carries with it the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The youngsters, in the opening story, used synergy to retrieve the apples. The veterans used their combined synergy to applaud Jimmy Durante. The words we’re  using now are synergized letters formed into words which are formed into sentences which we hope make sense.

We believe this is what Romans 8:28 is really telling us: ‘When we synergize our human nature with our Divine Nature, we will be able to work all things together for good.’ 

Notice we didn’t say we will be able to work most things, or some things, or almost all things, or a few things together for good. The principle is: When we synergize our human nature with our Divine Nature, when we consistently make Christed choices, when we live at the speed of our Christ Consciousness we will be able to work all things together for good.

TakeActionFind some low hanging fruit this year. Tackle something single-handedly. There’s more to you than meets the “i” (‘i’ stands for your human, small ‘s’ self). There is a capital “I” you (‘I’ stands for the Divine You, the Extraordinary You, the Wise You, the Fantabulous You) – who can work all things together for good — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!


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1 Response to Working All Things Together For Good: Metaphysical Meaning of Romans 8:28

  1. Brian says:

    You have three minutes to arm wrestle with an opponent of equal physical stature to yourself. The aim of the game is to win as many times as you can.

    What is the best winning strategy?

    If you duke it out with your opponent you may win three games; may be.

    If you discuss the aim of the exercise cooperatively with your opposite number, it may dawn on you that the best way to win the most games in the 3 minutes, is to let the other person win every second game; you win, I win, you win….

    The result in 3 minutes: well over 100 wins each.

    As an inherently competitive culture, we tend to assume that there can only ever be one winner.

    Even when people hear the Darwinian phrase, “survival of the fittest”, they assume that “fittest” means the strongest. Actually it refers to the best adaptation to a given environment; the best fit.

    We don’t evolve by conquering an opponent. Rather our genes survive by our adapting to our environment.

    Well worth a thought, given the number of nuclear devices sprinkled around our planet.

    A tooth and claw competition may be our final act of insanity.


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