CALLED OF GOD!                        

                                                         Romans 8:29-30                       Introduction                                                                                    

  1. “All things work together for good for those who love God and who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
  2. Today’s Focus:  Today we will focus our attention on Romans 8:29-30 and see five important explanations of this calling.  

a.      We see our calling brethren.  (1 Cor. 1:26-31 – read these verses)  We have a calling and when we understand it the glory goes to God.  The reasons is that:

-          God chooses the foolish to put to shame the wise

-          God chooses the weak to put to shame the mighty.

-          God chooses the base and despised to bring to nothing the things that are.

b.      As we look at Romans 8:29-30  we are able to see some important things about our calling. 

I. It is according to His foreknowledge 29   “For whom He Did Foreknow”

B.     God’s foreknowledge is conected with His omniscience.  God knows all.  He knows the future as well as the past.  His calling of us has a connection with his knowledge of the future.  God knows our response to the Gospel.  His foreknowledge gives him the ability to know beforehand what our response will be.  Before it took place He could see us hearing the gospel and see our response and make events so that we would believe. 

 

C.     1 Peter 1:2 “Elect (chosen beforehand) according to the foreknowledge of God the father…”

D.    Jeremiah 1:4-5  - God knew Him and set him apart

E.     The 500-year controversy.  There is a continual debate about this passage and issue.  Are we saved due to God’s predestination? Or are we saved as a result of hearing the gospel and believing?  Is it that God has predestined us to be conformed to the image of his son because he knew beforehand what our response would be to the Gospel?  Scholars are on both sides of this issue.  It is the big controversy between predestination of God and the free will of men.  What should we believe on this issue? 

F.     My understanding

1. People need to hear and respond to the Gospel message.

That God knows beforehand our response and His predestination is based on that foreknowledge.   I come to this belief by carefully considering what the scripture declares.   I am carefully seeking to declare what the scripture declares.

2.      Romans 8:29 and 1 Peter 1:2 both seem to tell us that God’s election of people is based on his foreknowledge. 

3.      When we notice predestination in the Bible we should be careful to note to what a person is predestinated.   What does the Bible say?  As I have come to understand it we are elected to the benefits of salvation.  A careful look at the four verses that mention predestination show that we are not elected to salvation but to its benefits. 

Eph. 1:4-5; Eph. 1:11; Romans 8:28-29

II.               It is According to His Predestination. 

1. The word predestination is: proorizō  pro-or-id'-zo

It means to limit in advance, that is, (figuratively) predetermine: - determine before, ordain, predestinate.

2.      The passage is saying the ones he foreknew he predestined.  Predestined to what?  To be conformed to the image of His Son.  That he night be the firstborn among many brethren. 

3.      Two views of this –

a.      View 1: God has predestined some people to be saved and left the rest to be lost.  Or by default predestined them to be lost forever.  That this is done according to the plan God has.

b.      View 2:  God has predestined or determined beforehand that those who believe on the Lord will be conformed to the image of Christ.  Now that is what this passage says.  (This is what I believe – I have never been able to be convinced of the other view.) 

c.       It is God’s plan to conform all believers to the image of His Son.  That he night be the firstborn among many brethren.  He has predetermined that all believers will be conformed to the image of His son.

III.            It is According to His Call 30

The word for call is kaleō  (prounced kal-eh'-o)  means to “call”  bid, call (forth).

We have all had the call of God upon our lives. 

1. There is the call of the Gospel message. 

2.      There is also the call of the conviction and drawing of the Holy Spirit of God.  We all agree on this.  The disagreement comes in weather this call involved any choice or free will on the part of the person. 

3.      Could the person accept or reject this call?  It is obvious that the ones referred to here accepted the call and believed.  They are the saved ones.  The ones predestined because of God’s foreknowledge were going to receive Christ.  This God foreknew.

4.      The Bible is filled with commands and invitations to salvation and obedience.  These commands and invitations are not real if man cannot choose.  That is the conclusion of my simple mind. 

 

IV. It is to be Justified. – Those He foreknew and thus predestinated to be conformed to the image of His son.  These He called and these He justified. He declared these righteous.  To be declared righteous is accomplished because of a person’s faith in Christ.  See Romans 4:1-5 and Romans 5:1. 

  

V.  It is to be Glorified -  This is doxazō (dox-ad'-zo) it means to render (or esteem) glorious or to make glorious.

 

This means that we will be made like Christ in His glory. (Vs 29)  It is referred to in Verse 23 when it speaks of the redemption of our bodies.

A.     All of these things are past tense even our glorification.  It means that if all of these other things are true then this part is true to even though it has not happened yet.  You will have your glorification.

B.     Our glorification is as sure as our justification.

 

CONCLUSION

  Review the five explanations of God’s call in our lives.

  Be sure you have responded to His call.