NEW TESTAMENT WORD/PHRASE STUDY - "ALL"
"Romans 8:28 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".
The English word ALL was translated from the Greek word PAS, which denotes; any, every or the whole. We've many times fallen the victim of thinking that each time it appears in the Bible, it means everything thinkable, without considering the text, reading it contextually to understand what the word actually means in the text, this is because the meaning of the word is often relative to the text it's found.
This is to say that ALL each time it appears in a Bible text may be totally different from the ALL in other texts. This is applied in our opening text, "ALL things work together for good to them that love God".Not reading Romans 8:28 contextually will make one draw a lot of dangerous conclusions from the "ALL" in the text.
Like the conclusion that ALL things in the text means that everything in the world system is working out for the believer, which would include; poverty, accident, sickness, riches, bad economy, witchcraft, death, life, deception, sin, abortion, politicians, all government policies, etc. But it isn't what the text says, as we read it contextually.
Read verses before 8:28 and after to get the context. Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the WILL of God. 8:28 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.
8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
So, the ALL things working together for the good of them that love God in Romans 8:28 would be: "whom he did predestined", "them he also called", "them he justified", and "them he also glorified". So, it's the presdestination, calling, justification and glorification that work together for the good of them that love God, and never poverty, sickness, calamity etc.
The misinterpretation of the word ALL in the verse has made many think that being sick, their fornicating, their committing abortion, their uncontrolled pursuit for riches, etc., are ALL together working out for their good, this kind of thinking can be very deceptive and dangerous.