God’s has a plan for our lives and that plan has existed since before time itself. He has predestined us to transformed into the image of Christ, to join His family, to be justified and glorified.
Romans 8:29-30 (ESV)
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God has just said that He works all things together for good for those who love Him, for those who are called according to His purpose. But what is this “good” that is promised? We find the answer in verse 29. God’s will for every Christian is maximum family resemblance to our Elder Brother. Christ-likeness is the wondrous outcome which God has purposed in our salvation.
There are five links in this section. The links to be examined are God’s foreknowledge, predestination, call, justification, and glorification. They each fit together to form “the Links of Salvation.” The end result of this sanctification process is “the good” to which God is transforming His children, becoming like Jesus. What better, more glorious end could there be?
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Predestined indicates predetermined according to the purpose and plan of God. Predestination is God’s sovereign right (Acts 4:28, 1 Cor. 2:7, Eph. 1: l1). While there is debate as to whether “foreknowledge” refers exclusively to God’s knowledge, there is no question that “predestine” speaks of the divine will. All those God foreknew He then also predestined before the foundation of the world so that not a single foreknown person will be lost.
But What are we predestined to? God’s predetermined plan, before the foundation of the earth was to make believers like Jesus. This is where the emphasis of the passage rests.
29b …to be conformed to the image of his Son,
The purpose for which we were predestined is to be conformed to the image of His Son.
Sicknesses, trials, and hard labours serve to form our lives and if we do not rebel, they impart to us Christlike qualities we couldn’t acquire in any other way.
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
In verse 30 the Bible bridges eternity past and eternity future with a majestic summation of God’s redemptive purpose. Verse 30 states the various steps involved in the realization of God’s divine purpose. Notice the three mighty spans in the salvation’s bridge: called, justified, and glorified.
The 1st step is God’s Calling.
30a And those whom he predestined he also called,
Predestination is God’s purposeful grace at work before the foundation of the world. Calling is God confronting us with His grace in the midst of history. The people of God respond to His call in faith. The gospel is God’s call to salvation. The call comes when the Spirit draws us, convicts the conscience of our guilt and punishment, enlightens the understanding, convinces the will, by persuading and enabling us to embrace Christ.
The 2nd step is Justification.
30b …and those whom he called he also justified…
All that surrender to the call of the Gospel are justified. Justification is God making us right with Himself. By faith in Jesus, who He is and what He has done, God justifies the repentant sinner. God, through our faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus justifies us, or places us in right standing with Himself.
The 3rd step is Glorification.
30c …and those whom he justified he also glorified.
To be glorified is to have glory or honor brought to light or displayed. Glorification of the believer is the final triumph of God’s grace. We will be glorified when we stand before the Lord. Then we will no longer “fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). “Glorified” is in the past tense because this final step is so certain that in God’s eyes it is as good as done.
In that day we will see and partake of the full revelation of His glory and we will be glorified. To be glorified is another way of saying that God’s children ultimately will be “conformed” to the image of His Son; and that is God’s certain and concluding “purpose” (1 John 3:2; Col. 3:4). There can be nothing more glorious than to be like Jesus.
Does knowing the overall plan of salvation and knowing it was always God’s eternal intention produce in you a deep sense of appreciation?
Are you being conformed? Are you allowing God to do His purposeful work to conform you to His Son? For only God’s power can transform your life.
As you listen to this song remember that although we may not know about each step of God’s plan in our life but we do know who holds tomorrow in His hand and that he is also holding us in His hand.
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