John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Defining the Subject

The other day, I posted a note from a friend. She's struggling with the idea of whether or not things are supposed to turn out well for people who love and follow God. In her note, and in several of your responses, a verse was referred to but never actually quoted. The verse in question is Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

At least that's how the King James Version has it.

The NIV has it this way: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

There's a subtle but profound difference in the two translations. Can you spot it? How might that subtle but profound difference actually change the way you think about this verse?