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DIVINE INTERVENTION

February 12, 2016

Friday

 

Romans 8:29

 

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul next explained God’s calling in terms of His foreknowledge and predestination. It is a mistake to conclude that God knew beforehand who would believe on His Son and then predestined those individuals for salvation.

“Predestined” means that God determined the destiny of the elect previously, specifically, before Creation. That destiny is conformity to Jesus Christ’s image, much more than just deliverance from sin and death. God accomplished this goal partially through believers’ justification. He is presently accomplishing it partially through our progressive sanctification, and He will accomplish it completely through our glorification.

God’s will for every Christian is maximum family resemblance to our Elder Brother. God seeks to order our lives to achieve this lofty purpose. Christ-likeness is the wondrous outcome which God has purposed in our salvation.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 5:8

 

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