The Glory of God in Predestination (September 29, 2011)

Why are we being conformed to Christ? Why is that the goal of predestination? In order that he [Jesus] might be the firstborn among many brothers. The aim of making us more like Jesus is the exaltation and the glorification of Jesus. How does it do that? How does my predestined salvation glorify Jesus? Look at the words.

  1. Firstborn: Supremacy, or the idea that Jesus is king over everything and everyone. Colossians 1:15-18 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
  2. Firstborn: The idea that Jesus is the first of a new humanity. Matthew 28:10 “…go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
  3. Many brothers: Jesus is the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant: Genesis 12:3 “…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Galatians 3:8-9, 16, 28-29 “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
  4. Brothers: Christ calls you and I brother: Hebrews 2:11 “For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.” We belong to God and God’s son, Jesus Christ is not ashamed to call his adopted family members “brother”.
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