"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom 8.28)."

By knowing what God's purpose is for our lives and doing it, we can be sure that all things will work together for our good (Rom 8.28). The purpose of this paper is to analyze this question by the scriptures.

God is not willing that any perish. He wants every person to come to the saving knowledge of his Son Jesus Christ (1 Tim 2.4 & 1 Cor 15.34). All the world must have the gospel preached to them that they might believe on Christ and be saved (Mk 16.15, Jn 6.47, Acts 16.31 & 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15). Then the end will come and Christ will return and takes us to be with him forever (Mt 24.14,31 & 1 Thes 4.13-18). For these reasons we know that it is His purpose that we preach the gospel and teach them that believe to preach the gospel (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20).

According to the scriptures we are all called to preach the gospel (Mk 16.15 & 1Cor 1.21). This is Christ's command, "for how shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent (He has ordained us, Jn 15.16.)? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace (Rom 10.14-15)." To preach the gospel means to tell it to another in person with our mouth (Col 4.3-4 & Eph 6.19-20). A person receives eternal life by believing on Christ after the gospel is preached to them (Jn 3.15-16, 36 & 6.47). The Apostle Paul wrote, "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15)." It's a wonderful thing that God allows us to play a part in another's salvation by preaching the gospel to them.

Paul defined the gospel he received and preached in a letter to the Corinthian believers: "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15.1-4)." He wrote, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes (Rom 1.16)." We also are called, commanded and ordained to preach the gospel (Mk 16.15 & Jn 15.16) and we get the same results as Paul did when we preach the gospel to others. He wrote, "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15)." God's purpose is that we preach the gospel daily as we go into the world by asking others if they have heard the good news and telling them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." Then we must teach them that believe to preach the gospel as well (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20). In so doing we speed Christ's return to take us to be with him forever (Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thes 4.13-18). By preaching the gospel and teaching others to preach it we know that all things are working together for our good, because we love God and obey His commands (Jn 14.15 & Rom 8.28).

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