It is not said that all things shall work for good, but that συνεργει , they work now in the behalf of him who loveth now, αγαπωσι ; for both verbs are in the present tense. All these things work together; while they are working, God’s providence is working, his Spirit is working, and they are working Together with him.
And whatever troubles, or afflictions, or persecutions may arise, God presses them into their service; and they make a part of the general working, and are caused to contribute to the general good of the person who now loves God, and who is working by faith and love under the influence and operation of the Holy Ghost.
They who say sin works for good to them that love God speak blasphemous nonsense. A man who now loves God is not now sinning against God; and the promise belongs only to the present time: and as love is the true incentive to obedience, the man who is entitled to the promise can never, while thus entitled, (loving God), be found in the commission of sin.