THE GOLDEN CHAIN OF SALVATION (PART 1)

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:29.30

“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 8:29,30)

Paul is dealing with the mystery of salvation. Some have called these verses “the golden chain of salvation.” In these two short verses, God lays out His great plan for our salvation. Our salvation is extensive, complete, and eternal.

Our salvation began in the mind and heart of God in eternity past. God foreknew us before He ever created the world. The word “foreknowledge” has its roots in the Old Testament — “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5).  God told Jeremiah that long before he was born, God had a special regard for him. Jeremiah was the object of God’s love and concern before he was ever conceived in his mother’s womb.

In eternity past God set His heart on certain individuals and because of His special love for them, He predestined that they should be called and given faith in Christ. Do you see this mystery? In eternity past, before God ever created the world, He chose us to be the objects of His love. He loved us long before we were born.

God predestined those whom He foreknew to be conformed to the image of His Son. He determined to make us holy and righteous like Christ. This is God’s great goal for our lives. Throughout our earthly existence, God will form us more and more into the pattern of Jesus Christ until the great day when Christ completes salvation in us when He comes again and glorifies us.

Lord God, I know that You had a special love for me long before I was ever conceived. I know that You predestined me to be conformed to the image of Your Son Jesus Christ. I know You are at work in my life now, that I am a work in progress. You will complete what You have begun in me.

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