Tuesday, October 19, 2010

EMMDEV 2010-10-19 [Romans Ch.8] Upward Spiral #1

29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans8:29-30

There is an upward spiral here:
foreknew -> predestined -> called -> justified -> glorified.

For today, lets simply look at some key passages in relation to each of these words:

Foreknew:
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)

Predestined:
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Called:
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9)

Justified:
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:23-24)

Glorified:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We'll unpack some of the nuances tomorrow...

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Theo Groeneveld theo@emmanuel.org.za
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