The Hope of Predestination (September 8, 2011)

  1. Predestination is hopeful because everything in the life of the believer is moving toward the glorious purpose of God.
    1. Read 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
    2. Lloyd Jones: “Verse 28 is not merely meant to give us comfort in trouble, but to give us the ultimate comfort of knowing that our final salvation is sure, and that everything that happens to us is but a part of that salvation. As each step of our salvation is ‘predetermined’ and already sure-that is what Paul is saying-we can be sure that God is overruling everything for our good.”
    3. Read 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.” These verses explain why believers are confident that God is working everything together for their good. God has always been doing good for his people. He began their salvation before he began the creation, Christ atoned for their sin by his death and the Holy Spirit has regenerated their hearts in their calling and because of their conversion they are seen as justified and their glorification is sure, steadfast and an anchor for their souls. God has always been working everything together for good, that he might be glorified and that we might be conformed to the image of his son, Jesus Christ.
    4. John Murray: “Calling, justification and glorification, with all other aspects of the salvation process bound up with them, are conditioned by, and are the fruit of foreknowledge and predestination as the elements of God’s eternal and sovereign purpose of grace.”

 

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