Last week we began a series called The Glory of God in the Order of Salvation. Romans 8:29-30 is referred to by theologians as “the golden chain” because it describes in glorious detail the process of our salvation as begun by God, carried out by God and completed by God. The central actor in the passage and the subject of the passage is God. As we discussed last week, the glory of God is the point of the Bible and therefore, the point of every sermon, every worship service, every Sunday School class, every program, strategy and purpose of our church. God is the point. God is the goal. The sooner you recognize that, the sooner you will find joy in salvation. The more you think that you are the point, the more miserable you will be.
God is most clearly the point and his glory is most clearly made manifest in the order of salvation. The very idea that God would condescend to save wretches like us speaks of his glory, but the actual order of that process of salvation is the loudest and clearest exaltation of God in all of the Bible. Let’s look once again at God’s glory in predestination.
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.
Those whom he foreknew (those whom he knew beforehand within the context of God’s covenant affection for his people) he also predestined…
- Definition: Predestination means that God has predetermined the destiny of his people, or that he has decreed everything that will come to pass, including the salvation of his people.
- Back story: We talked about that many weeks ago in Romans 8:28 where we learned that those who are called, the set apart ones across the world known as the church are set apart according to his purpose, or decree. Tomorrow we will look at the purpose of predestination or the destination of predestination.