Romans 8:29-30 - The Verses Project

Bible Romans 8:29-30

Posted April 20, 2015

[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.

We continue our journey memorizing Romans 8:28-39! This week we continue right where we left off in 28, for they elaborate on what exactly Paul means when he says that God is working all things for our “good”.

A New Definition for “Good”

Per our definition of good, God working things for our good entails removal from a tough situation or God bringing an end to it. In God’s understanding however, “good” entails using the situation to conform us to the image of His Son. God is more interested in His children’s character than He is their comfort. This plan for conformity was thought out before creation, is carried out in the present, and will be completed in the future when Christ returns in glory and glorifies His own.

The Golden Chain of Salvation

Paul gives us 5 active verbs describing God’s relationship & how He’s working out our salvation: foreknew, predestined, called, justified, glorified. Theologians call this the golden chain of God’s salvation where each link is so strong it could never be broken… Each of these verbs builds on the prior. Those foreknown & predestined are in turn called and justified and glorified. It’s interesting to note that this glorification in which God’s people will finally receive glorified bodies in the future is actually stated here in the past tense, like it’s already been done! May we see God’s purposes in the distant past reach us in the present and eventually carry us home in the future. Be confident in God’s ability to finish the work He started in you (Philippians 1:6)!

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