Saturday, March 24

Romans 8:30

Romans 8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Those whom he predestined, he also called. Many are invited to come to salvation in Jesus Christ by faith in his atoning sacrifice. The external call goes out in evangelism and by preachers world wide every day. Sinners are called to place their trust and faith in Christ. However, because man is spiritually blind and in fact spiritually dead, he cannot see or hear spiritual things. Like a person who is deep in a tunnel with no lights, he cannot see the glorious mountaintop that faith in Jesus Christ secures. Therefore, God, through the Holy Spirit, makes this external call effectual by quickening to life and giving sinners sight in order that they may hear and respond to the external call. God calls sinners by changing them and giving them a new spiritual birth, which is regeneration and referred to as being born again. Sinners respond to this new life by willingly coming to faith in Jesus Christ. All whom God calls by this intervention come and are justified.

God justifies them in his sight by declaring them not guilty. He does this because of their faith in what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross for them as their substitute. They are counted as righteous because of Christ and not themselves. God glorifies those whom he justified by finishing the job of conforming them to Christ at their death. In all the steps leading to salvation in verses 29 & 30, God does it all. God provides all that he requires of man. As Abraham told Isaac in Genesis 22:8, “God will provide.”

Praise God that He does provide everything in salvation and none are lost on the journey to eternal life. This provision is God’s grace and it began before the foundation of the world and is present every step of the way. The proper response for redeemed sinners when talking about their salvation is to begin the sentence with “God” rather than “I”.


donsands said...

That is the simple truth, and yet so profound. Nice expositing.
What a Savior! And it's personal. He loves us, His own, who were once ungodly rebels.

Jonathan Moorhead said...

Amen. I love that last sentence.

Scribe said...

Interesting analogy of being in a dark tunnel,Jazzy...

Our emergence from darkness is purely by His merciful grace. "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!".


jazzycat said...

donsands, Jonathan, and Scribe...
Thanks. While we are deep in that dark tunnel and cannot see, God brings us into his wonderful light. We do not know why God only saves some and not all, but we do know that, apart from his intervention of saving grace, no one would come on their own.

Craver Vii said...

That last sentence reminds me of the conversation that kicked-off the Calvin dialogs between my coworker and myself. As I recruited him to pray for me, I shared with him the questions I was using for evangelism. He asked what my own answer to those questions would be. I said, “On July 6, 1986, I made a decision for Jesus Christ.” He said, “Oh Craver, YOU decided???” A guilty feeling immediately swept over me, as I realized the implications of the unintended irreverence.

Anonymous said...

Mr Jazzy, excellent post!:)

Your comment above about the fact that we don't know the 'why' on this, as well as some other things, is the one I'm getting so weary of combating in some of the other threads. Know what I mean?

BTW, I stole your line, the one I like so much - we have to look at what the text says, not what we'd like it to say. Had to tell someone that today at another blog. ;)

jazzycat said...

Craver and Gayla,
Thanks for stopping by and for the comments. Hopefully, new Christians will be encouraged to investigate these doctrines as we discuss and comment on them.