Meditation for 05/30/2019
“And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30)
Paul listed a chain of five certainties leading to our assurance of glory. Ultimate glorification is conformity to the likeness of Christ. This is the ultimate restoration of humanity, both in an individual sense and the collective sense of he whole group of he called becoming like His Son.
God is in control of salvation all the way—from planning it to providing final rewards in glory. Salvation is a process in which God chooses to save, calls people to salvation, works in Christ to provide salvation, and then gives the eternal rewards of salvation. The entire process is certain because it is God’s process, so it can all be described in past tense.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You as indicated by this passage in Romans, clearly reflects the concept that You are in the beginning where all is planned all the way to implementation and final rewards, so You are involved in every aspect of Your plan and purposes that we will one day be called to join in. Thank You, Abba for Your thoughtfulness, grace, mercy, forgiveness and compassion. We may not “see” You, but we feel Your presence near us more than we could ever imagine. We love you seek to serve You alone, for You are our God, now and for evermore. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you see someone without a smile, share yours with them!”
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2nd Corinthians 3:18)
Those who have encountered the Risen Lord, accepting God through His Son are saved. Saved persons are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. Our transformation will become complete at the resurrection. “Transformed” (Greek – metamorphomai) is the same word used of Christ’s transfiguration (Matthew 17:2; Mark 9:2).
Salvation, Glorification: (Romans 13:11)
The text reveals the dynamic nature of salvation. The Roman Christians were asleep, not living the dynamic Christian life. They needed to live life in daily expectation and joy of Christ’s return. We as Christians are not yet what we will become in the end time but need to be all we can be in Christ in the present.
Second Thought of the Day:
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
Our salvation is not yet complete. Glorification is the word we use to denote its final completion. Redemption is a broad concept in the Bible, ranging from the personal to the cosmic, from the physical to the spiritual, and from the temporal to the eternal. It is associated in all its fullness with the future return of Christ Jesus.
The complete redemption of God’s people will take place in the end time when Christ returns. This is the only place the word redemption occurs in the Gospels.