Sunday: Romans 8:30
v30 (continued): What He foreordained was that a great family would be created, made up of people who are holy in character and resurrected in body like His Son. To produce this family He issued a call to the human race to come to Him through repentance and faith. This call has gone out to every generation from Adam and Eve onward (Ge 3:9) and in every generation there are those who accept and those who reject it. Thankfully, Jesus explained why people respond as they do. He said the main reason people reject it is pride (Mt 11:20). They refuse to acknowledge their spiritual need or humble themselves. They consider themselves wise and intelligent and that Gods message is only fit for infants (Mt 11:25), or they compare themselves to others and consider themselves to be morally superior and therefore not in need of mercy (Lk 18:10-14), or they become so busy with the pleasures and business of this world that they lose interest in preparing themselves for the next (Lk 14:15-24).
Monday: Romans 8:30
v30 (continued): People who believe they are already righteous or can become righteous by their own efforts find it very difficult to receive Gods righteousness as a gift (Ro 9:31-10:4). Their natural tendency is to try harder rather than repent. Instead of admitting that their lives fall hopelessly short of Gods standards they try to justify themselves by comparing themselves favorably to others or making excuses for their shortcomings. Yet only those who recognize themselves to be poor in spirit and who mourn and hunger and thirst for righteousness (Mt 5:3-6) are able to hear Gods call and willingly come to Him on His terms rather than their own. In this way, God indeed put a boundary around those who can be saved, but in the end, those who are excluded will have only themselves to blame.
Tuesday: Romans 8:30
v30 (continued): The next thing God does is to justify those who respond to His call. He does so by placing the righteousness of Christ over each life as a gift. Paul has already spend much time explaining that no one ever has or ever will become righteous in any other way, including those born in the many centuries before Jesus (Ro 3:9-25). Those born before Christ did not have the advantage of knowing His name or details about His cross and resurrection but were still fully able to answer Gods call if they were willing to recognize their own sinfulness and place their faith in His mercy (Ro 4:1-8). In this way they too were joined to Gods Son, even though they didnt know His name (Ro 3:25, 26).
Wednesday: Romans 8:30
v30 (continued): Finally, Paul says,
these whom He justified, He also glorified. He uses the word glorified here to mean resurrected and all that goes along with that, including a body which radiates Gods visible glory (1Co 15:47-49), a new form of flesh that contains no sinful tendencies (1Co 15:43, 44) and character which is sinless and Christ-like. In other words, Paul uses this word to describe the finished product. Those who have been justified will be made glorious in body and character. On a day which the Father has already appointed (Mt 24:36) all believers will be transformed until they look like children of God (1Jn 3:1, 2). Before He made anything, God determined the steps He would take to prepare human beings to fellowship with Him. The final step in this process, which Paul calls being glorified, separates us from everything within us which is mortal and fallen and raises us to the level of being eternal and righteous.
Thursday: Romans 8:31
v31: Having just described Gods plan of salvation Paul asks the question, What shall we say to these things? but its not immediately apparent which things hes talking about. Is he referring to the foreordained plan hes just described (Ro 8:28-30), or his extended explanation of how believers can overcome the control of their flesh by drawing on the power of the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:2-15, 26, 27), or something else? Thankfully we dont have to be left wondering because the answers he gives in this section (vs31-39) all reply, in one form or another, to the same question. He pictures one of his readers responding to what hes been saying this way: As I listen to you I understand that God has provided the spiritual resources I need, but Im still such a weak person and the forces that want to pull me away from Him are so strong that I dont feel confident that Ill make it into heaven. Paul, you sound sure of your salvation, you talk like you have it already. Why are you so confident?
Friday: Romans 8:31
v31 (continued): In this magnificent passage Paul tells us why hes so confident and why we should be too. He shows us how to answer the doubts that come to erode the inner certainty that we are, and will be, saved. Whether the doubts arise from the devil or our own flesh, every Christian remains painfully aware that we continue to sin and wonder whether Gods patience has run out with us. And we also wonder how we would respond if faced with severe persecution. So nagging doubts pursue us. Have we sinned so much that at last when we stand before Him at the judgment He will find us guilty? Are we so weak that sooner or later the hardships of persecution will break down our resolve until we deny Him? Is it possible that some day we will encounter demonic spiritual forces powerful enough to tear us away from Christ?
Saturday: Romans 8:31, 32
vs31-32: So well know how to answer these doubts when they come, Paul voices them as three questions and then writes out his answers. But before he does, he lays down a foundational principle which is the ultimate answer to every such doubt: If God is for us, who is against us? In doing so he puts his finger on the root of our fear. He says we must be absolutely certain that God wants to save us and has committed all His resources to keep us saved. Our salvation is His idea, Hes not a reluctant participant. By sending His Son to die for us He proved His will in the matter beyond the shadow of a doubt and demonstrated how far Hell go to help us. After all, if He would send His Son, the most precious gift He has, then surely there is no lesser gift He would withhold. By sending Christ He has already proven that He will freely give us all things.