Romans 8:29-32

In Romans 8:29-32 Paul continues by connecting the dots to the prior verse where God promises to use all things to work together for good. Why? Because God is working in us and through us to conform us to become like Jesus. This verse tells us God ‘foreknew’ us. Other versions say we are predestined, called, justified, or glorified. “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.” God doesn’t do it for us however. It’s his eternal plan, but we have to participate and do our part.

Smith talks about our being foreknown this way. “Of course I believe in predestination, since it’s plainly taught in the Scriptures. The doctrine could be assumed, even if the word was never explicitly used. It’s a thrilling truth that doesn’t upset me at all. The fact that He chose me and began a good work in me proves that He’ll continue to perform it. He wouldn’t bring me this far and then dump me.” God helps us conform to Christ’s image with our cooperation. He doesn’t do it for us. He doesn’t do it to us. He will do it with us. And that gives us quite a great outcome. “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

If all we had were the first few chapters of the Book of Romans, some might believe that God was against us. Now that Paul has shown the lengths that God went to save man from His wrath and equip him for victory over sin and death, who can doubt that God is for us? “ What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Most all men say or think that God is for them – terrorists commit horrible crimes thinking that God is for them. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit guards this statement with an “if,” so we may know that just because a man thinks God is with him does not make it so. God is only for us if we are reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ.

God has already given us the ultimate gift when He sent Christ to the cross.  There should be no question that He will provide all we need be it big or small. God held nothing back when it came to making a way for us to be in an eternal place with Him. He didn’t have to. Our future could have been based on how we lived in comparison to His law. But we would have all failed the test and missed the mark. So He made a way. It cost Him His Son, but He gave it for us gladly. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  We can trust Him to take care of all our other needs based on His faithful love for us.

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