“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV). Even our accidents and injuries are part of God’s reconstruction project. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began in 1948 to reduce Thunderhead Mountain in South Dakota into an image of Chief Crazy Horse sitting on his horse. God is reducing the mountains of our self-centeredness into the image of His Son. Be patient with yourself and others. Temporary pain will yield permanent improvement.
Romans 8:28 isn’t a promise for everyone. It’s for us who love God and are called according to His purpose. We’ve received Jesus as God’s provision for our sins. Our love for God results from responding to His call. No merit is involved.
Election is God’s sovereign choosing in Christ all of us He foreknew would receive Him as our Savior and Lord. Predestination is God’s determination to accomplish that purpose. Repentance, faith, and good works don’t earn God’s salvation. It’s all by His undeserved favor.
Predestination’s purpose is to make us like Jesus and exhibit His glory. That includes sharing in His sufferings and progressively thinking and behaving more like Him. At the resurrection, our bodies will become like His body (Philippians 3:21). God sent Him in our likeness that we might eventually be like Him. It’ll happen. God’s faithfulness guarantees it. God is for us! It doesn’t matter who or what is against us!
God didn’t spare His own Son (verse 32). He sent Him to the cross to take away our sins. Since that’s true, God certainly won’t withhold anything we need for life or godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We’ll have struggles, but they’re not without purpose.
Suffering has always been a way of life for the godly (Psalm 44:22). Our comfort or lack of it isn’t a good measure of how much God loves us. Life’s trials are like a dull table knife which can’t cut the suspension bridge cables of God’s love. Through Jesus, we’re super conquerors. Our ultimate victory isn’t an Olympic medal or earthly fame. It’s to be foreknown, predestinated, called, justified, and glorified children of God. No one can take any of that away from us.
No one can press charges against us successfully. All sin is against God (Psalm 51:4). He alone can bring charges against us. But He won’t because He’s for us, not against us. Christ won’t ever deny the effective remedy of His own death on our behalf.
Nothing in all creation can drive a wedge between us and God’s love. Because God loves us, He seeks our eternal happiness. His love for us ignites our love for Him and the service that love motivates. It’s the best possible blessed assurance!
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