20. God’s Definite Work in his People

Romans 8:29-30

For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

When we are first saved we think naturally that we had a great deal to do with it. But the longer we are a Christian, the further we move from any feeling that we are responsible for our salvation, or even any part of it, and the closer we come to the conviction that it is all of God.

It is a good thing it is of God too! Because if it were accomplished by us, we could just as easily un-accomplish it—and no doubt would. If God is the author, salvation is something that is done wisely, well, and forever.

We now learn that we came to believe in Christ as our complete Saviour and King because he initially called us according to his eternal plan. Looking back, one ought to see what God has done. Yet, as we now stand right with God, there is a promise to behold: those who are justified will certainly be glorified. Looking ahead, God’s assurance to finish his work is clear. God has set his love on people, predestined them to become like Jesus Christ, called them to faith and repentance, justified them, yes, and even glorified them, so certain of completion is his plan. May he alone be praised!

Understanding that God does all that is involved in your salvation should lead you to two responses: 1) to be comforted in the security of your salvation, and 2) to be moved to glorifying God alone. But if you do not have this salvation, here is the joy: look to Christ alone for your salvation. None of your hard and smart living will earn you favor, just look to God in genuine faith and live!

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