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May 4, 2021 Save Article

PRAY OVER THIS:

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

(Romans 8:30)

PONDER THIS:

Yesterday, we looked at the first two pillars of salvation identified in Romans 8—God’s supreme wisdom and God’s sovereign will. If you take away any one of these, the Gospel comes tumbling down. Today, we will consider the final three.

The third pillar rests upon the seeking word of God: “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called…” (Romans 8:30). “Called” means to issue a summons; God sends His Word to those who would hear it, His gospel to those who would receive it.

The fourth pillar is the saving work of God: “...whom He called, these He also justified…” (Romans 8:30). Justification is more than a pardoning or acquitting of our sins, it is being made righteous in God’s sight. We receive this justification through grace, and grace through our faith.

The fifth and final pillar is the settled ways of God: “...and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:30). Because God deals in eternity, He sees the future as well as the present. And because we have been predestined for glory in Christ, we are already glorified.

  • How are you comforted by the knowledge that God sent His Word specifically to you, that you might believe and be made righteous in His sight through the work of Jesus?
  • How should the fact that we are already glorified in Christ change the way we view the challenges of daily life and our hope for the future?

PRACTICE THIS:

Spend some time today reviewing the five pillars of salvation from the past two days and thanking God that your past, present, and future are completely secure in His hand.

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