Assuming these verses in Romans 8 apply to the elect, is anything past, present, or future, in all of creation, circumstance, and world events excluded, or is it literally to be understood as an unlimited 'all'?
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. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (NIV Romans 8:28-30)
Note: I take it for granted that 'glorified' means entry into heaven.
I mean this in an extreme sense, like if this was an unlimited 'all' then for example, 'if' it was to my highest good today to win 1 Million dollars, I would, because everything is working out to my highest good -- without exception. On the other hand, maybe their is some theoretical limitation that I can't think of?
Note: Under recommendation from a moderator, here are some facts surrounding the case to contend with as well as a theological framework to use:
-1- All things (πάντα - panta) can literally means all things such as here, where it is used twice:
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church. (NIV Ephesians 1:22)
Or it may be highly restricted by its context, again used twice here:
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8)
-2- Both unlimited and restricted views have been proposed by various theologians with some key related versus requiring synthesis being, among others, these:
Romans 8:31-39 1 Corinthians 3:21-22 Ephesians 1:11 Phillipians 4:13
-3- It is requested that a theological framework be used which acknowledges God if, not directly predestinating men individually (Calvinistic) at least knows in advance what they will decide (not necessarily Calvinistic) and that he knows all things and has all power, otherwise he would not be able to have a full view of everything and would not be able to proactively work much of anything out to anyone's good. It must also be accepted that as he is omniscient, he must be able to plan all this working of good things from eternity.
The question still remains is this good work with all things, restricted or unbounded.