Scripture Reading: Romans 8:29,30

“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 8:30)

God’s great plan of salvation is extensive and complete. He set His love on us in eternity past — He foreknew us. And He predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. But there is more!

God called us to Himself. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us an effectual call to salvation. This call has God’s power attached to it. It is an efficacious call in which the Spirit of God brings us into God’s saving graces. He brings new spiritual life to us and causes us to be born again. He implants within us a new spiritual ability and opens our eyes to the truth os the gospel.

Then we are justified through faith in Jesus Christ. God forgives us of our sins and He imputes the perfect righteousness of His Son to us. As a result of our justification, we have peace with God — “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

But there is more to come — “And those whom He justified He also glorified.” This is the future state of salvation when we will see Christ’s glory face to face and when we will be glorified with Him. Our resurrected bodies will be united with our souls and we will spend eternity in the new heavens and new earth. This is our eternal destiny!

Lord God, I am in awe of You and of what You have done for me. You foreknew me in eternity past and predestined me to be conformed to the image of Your Son. You called me and justified me and brought me into Your family. And I know there is more to come. I eagerly await the day when I will be glorified and spend eternity with You in the new heavens and new earth. Thank you for so great a salvation!



  1. Marie Wright says:

    Shelton, I know He forknew and chose His people before the foundation of the world. But tell me this…in His Sovereignty, does he just allow terrible things to happen because of sin or does he not only know it but ordain it? I’m speaking if the untimely death of the son of a friend. The minister said it was not Gods plan. I tend to agree but surely He knew it would happen yet allowed it. Is this the answer?

    • Shelton Sanford says:

      Marie, the sovereignty of God is so comforting. I would say two things. First, God did not actively ordain the death of this child. However, in His providence He allowed it. We do not understand why. We certainly don’t like it. But there is a much bigger picture that we do not grasp. Somehow God takes all things (the good and the bad) and uses them to accomplish His purposes. Ephesians 1:11 says — “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purple of Him WHO WORKS ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO THE COUNSEL OF HIS WILL.” This truth gives comfort to the family of the child. Somehow God works the tragedies of life into the counsel of His will. In other words they have some divine purpose that exceeds our ability to understand them. This had comforted me so much with Anne’s death and many other difficult things I have faced. Hope this helps a little.

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