For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. What then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:29-32
I read this portion of scripture some weeks ago and found it astounding. I remember thinking on it for a while and almost finding it hard to comprehend how God could do such a thing. My husband brought it to my attention again yesterday as he was thinking on it and all those feelings came rushing back again and even more.
When I look at the complete work that God has done through His son Jesus for us, I am truly amazed. These verses make me think of being sealed or sealing something. As a child growing up I lived with my grandmother and my mother lived in London (still does). In those days when a parcel or so came for you, it was brought directly to your house and you didn't have to open it in front of the officers at the port or so like you had to in later days. When my mother sent a parcel she really sealed it. It would be taped down over and over. They usually came by ship so it took a couple weeks before we got it, but she wanted to make sure that whatever tossing there was nothing could happen to that parcel. Sometimes it was a little dirty I guess from the tumbling or the storage but it was always intact because she made sure and sealed it really well. We even struggled to open them sometimes because she did a very good job securing what she sent.
2 Cor1:21 & 22 says Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ, He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, gurarantee-ing what is to come.
Before the Creation of the world we were chosen in Him (Eph.1:4). We were not afterthoughts nor were we random selections or quick picks.
God foreknew us. He knew that you and I would be unfaithful to Him many times. He knew that our hearts would turn away when life got too tough. He knew how often we would promise to serve Him but then go back on that promise. He foreknew us but yet He predestined us to be conformed to the image of His son.
O God you knew what I would be like and predestined me to be shaped in to the image of Your Son Jesus? How gracious are You Lord?
He could see way ahead to this day and time and still He didn't just predestined me, He called me. He called me. He knocked on my heart's door when I wasn't looking for Him nor was I thinking about Him. He reached down when I was lonely and lovingly drew me nigh. When I couldn't go to where He was because of the gulf of sin, He came to me. He came to you and I.
As if that wasn't enough, He didn't just call us, He justified us. With the precious blood of His son Jesus he announced to the world that nothing they did or said about you and I meant anything in His eyes. To Him it was just as if we had never sinned, because He only saw the blood on the door post of our heart.
O my Lord and Savior there's nothing I could do that could ever merit Your Love for me.
You not only called and justified me, but You glorified me. You raised me up out of the dung hill. You took me out of the miry clay, and in spite of all that you knew about me You glorified me.
Friends He didn't wait to see how I would perform, He sealed me with His love right from the start. Notice that the word is all in the past tense. He's already done it. We are already sealed unto the day of redemption (Eph.4:30).
This was not a plan that God formulated as time went on, this was God's plan before the beginning of time to last through time and eternity.
"What then shall we say in response to these things?" Paul asks in verse 31. All I can say is "hallelujah!"
My heart is so overwhelmed at the love of God. The voices of a million angels could never ever express my gratitude to Him.
"If God is for us - how could we question it, after He predestined us, He called us, He justified us and He glorified us - who can be against us?" The enemy can come after us and he does with all his demonic forces, but we are sealed. All the tossing and tumbling and all that he throws at us cannot ultimately prevail because we are sealed unto the day of redemption. God is for us. No weapon that's formed against us will prosper. We are safe in His Hands.
Thank you Jesus. May my heart always be tender before You. May I never ever take Your love for granted.
I pray for those who read this post, that their hearts be encouraged today as they see with new eyes the love that You have for them. In Jesus name, Amen.