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DESTINY

April 14, 2016

Thursday

 

Romans 8:29

 

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might 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.

This blessed hope that believers will be conformed to the image of His own Son—explains God’s dealings with them as His chosen sons in this present age. He is ever at work to reproduce the moral image of Christ in them. All that now comes into their lives He uses for their good to

further that glorious goal. His aim for them now is not to make them happy, materially prosperous, or famous, but to make them Christ like. He now uses ‘all things,’ the sad as well as the glad, the painful as well as the pleasant, the things that perplex and disappoint as well as the things they eagerly strive and pray for, to further His eternal purpose for them. In His infinite wisdom He knows what is needed to bring about that transformation. For some of His own He

may need to use hotter fire and strike with harder blows than in His dealings with others to effect the formation of Christ’s image in them. This may be because some believers may be more resistant to His molding activities or are more prone to insist on their own efforts.
 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:3

 

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