The Exclusivity of Justification
Read Romans 8:29-30. As we saw last week the justification of God is also only for those who have been foreknown, predestined and called by God. This points again to the centrality of God in salvation, for all those that God has predestined will come and they will be justified by God. He began salvation and he carries it through to completion. That’s good news for those of us who are called by God. However, it brings to light the sober reality that not every person on earth will be justified by God. There will be those who are under the just condemnation of God.
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15 ESV)
That is reality. It presses down on the earth like gravity. Salvation comes through one name, through one plan, and everyone else will feel the just wrath of God for eternity (John 14:6). We deal with eternal things each day and we had better not forget that.