- The word “for” is connecting us to verse 28. The idea flows from 28 through the end of verse 30. God causes everything to work together for good for those whom he calls according to his divine decree, for (in accordance with his decree) “those” (the called ones) he foreknew, he predestined, called, justified and glorified.
- Basic Definition: To know beforehand.
- Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
- Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen [lit. known] him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
- Amos 3:2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth.”
There is a sense in which foreknowledge implies foresight, or the ability to see into the events of the future, but it mainly describes a particular knowledge that God has of his people. We will look into that idea in more detail tomorrow.