“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 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. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30).
If you want to meditate on life-transforming truths, look no further than Romans 8. Within Romans 8 include promises for those who are in Christ Jesus. For those who are in Christ Jesus, there is therefore no more condemnation. For those who are in Christ Jesus, the Spirit is alive and powerfully at work. Those who are in Christ are adopted as sons and daughters of God and are therefore fellow heirs with Christ. The Spirit is at work, helping us in our weakness; even interceding for us. We don’t know our hearts and minds as well as the Spirit does, which should bring incredible encouragement given the fact that the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:28-30 continues the encouragement by telling us that God works all things for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Paul continues in Romans 8:31-39 with even more mind-blowing encouragement. Though opposition in this world is rampant and death is inevitable, God is for us. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Nothing! In fact, we are more than conquerors through God who loves us. To be a conqueror is to be victorious over that which seeks our destruction.
Romans 8 is an incredibly encouraging chapter in the Bible for those who are in Christ Jesus. Yet there are two verses that our freedom-obsessed minds fight against that are actually the foundation of all the encouragement found in Romans 8.
Romans 8:29-30 describe something that is called the golden chain of salvation. “For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son… Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” We can rest assured that if we have been justified, we will be glorified. If we have been called, we will be glorified. If we have been predestined, we will be glorified. If we have been foreknown, we will be glorified. The doctrine of predestination is not something to fight against or to shrink back from in “freedom-violating” fear. It is something to celebrate, realizing that apart from the doctrine of predestination, none of us would choose God. None of your unsaved family members or friends or children will choose Jesus if the choice were to be given to them. Sin is strong to the point that it renders us spiritually dead.
What we have to realize is that the only way we have the comfort that Romans 8 promises is if Romans 8:29-30 is true. If you are in Christ, you can rest assured knowing that before the earth itself was formed, God knew you. He knew your struggles and your victories. He knew your rebellion against him. He knew your independent freedom-obsessed weakness, and was more than a conqueror over our rebellious hearts! Praise God for his irresistible grace and for his unrelenting love!