“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the first born among many brethren” –Romans 8:29
LIGHT FOR NOW: God is not reacting or responding to our love for Him.
The word, ‘whom’ as seen in our text for today indicates a specific people. It has an open-ended usage in context. It does not connote a selective word. To understand the context, there is need to go back to the pretext which are the preceding verses of our text for today (Read Romans chapter 8 verse 1-28). An understanding of the preceding verses is very important. Apostle Paul related God’s love to man as the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ. God’s love is expressed in his intentions and actions. 1 John chapter 3 verse 16 sys, “hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”. God is not reacting or responding to our love for Him. God does not react; God pro-acts. This can be found in God sending His son to die for us even while we were hopeless and helpless. Romans chapter 5 verse 8 says, “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus died in faith. God had already worked out His love for us ahead of time. Predestination is the love of God towards man as found in His intentions and actions.
The word, ‘proorizo’ which is translated ‘predestinate’ was never the final result but was rather used to show God’s intention towards men. God’s intention is for all men to be saved; but he cannot force salvation on man. The birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ were all God’s action towards man’s salvation. The action of God was from God’s intention for man to be saved. God’s intention is explained in his actions. He intended salvation for all men and mapped out an action plan for man’s salvation. But not all men are saved neither is anyone excluded in God’s salvation plan. Salvation does not have any preclusion nor exclusion. Salvation is open for all and not for a selected class of people.
INSTRUCTION: Accept God’s gift of salvation today.
PRAYER: Lord, I align my will with the divine will of God for my life, In Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE:Salvation does not have any preclusion or exclusion.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 7; EVENING: 2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3