Everything Happens For a Reason

Genesis 1:27-31 and Romans 8:22-28 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Genesis 1:27-31

27 So God created humankind[a] in his image,
    in the image of God he created them;[b]
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 1:27 Heb adam
  2. Genesis 1:27 Heb him

Romans 8:22-28

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in[a] hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes[b] for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes[c] with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God,[d] who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit[e] intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.[f]

28 We know that all things work together for good[g] for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 8:24 Or by
  2. Romans 8:24 Other ancient authorities read awaits
  3. Romans 8:26 Other ancient authorities add for us
  4. Romans 8:27 Gk the one
  5. Romans 8:27 Gk he or it
  6. Romans 8:27 Gk according to God
  7. Romans 8:28 Other ancient authorities read God makes all things work together for good, or in all things God works for good

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Everything Happens For a Reason