“Wrestling With Romans”
Them He Also Glorified (Chapter 8 Verses 28-39)
The root of this loving, providential care lies in God’s foreknowledge and loving choice of us in eternity past (v29). The knowledge that God chooses to rescue guilty sinners is to be found in nothing other than his good pleasure (Ephesians 1.9), that he all in his divine plan, pre-set our destiny (Ephesians 1.11). The question, but why did he choose me, is answered very simply, because he was pleased to. And that’s the finish of it. And it’s at that point that you ought to stop asking questions and simply worship, thank and adore him. For the fact that God knew every one of his children before time began, affectionately, lovingly, knowing when we would be born (Jeremiah 1.5), knowing when we would come to faith in Jesus Christ, knowing the time of our departure from this life. God’s knowing covers all time and circumstances, in his divine mind it’s all complete, done, because he so ordered it. He was determined to have us, to keep us in his love forever, salvation is no hit and miss plan. But what assurance there is in this, is there not? That the Almighty, that God himself, is utterly determined that he will save you and keep you and bring you to glory (v30), nothing shall stop him, no one will stand in his way, not trouble, sin, wars, famine, nothing in earth, heaven or hell (vv35-39). Isn’t that glorious? Doesn’t that make you rejoice? Don’t you want to praise him?
The final destination for the Christian? To be like Jesus (v29b). He is the first-born among many brethren, the First-born from the dead (Colossians 1.18; Revelation 1.5; Acts 26.23; 1Corinthians 15.20). As he was resurrected, and promoted to glory, our Elder Brother (Hebrews 2.11), we the many shall be like him and follow him, in resurrection and future glory. Now that’s what God is determined to do. Yes in the midst of all the distresses of life in this world, the struggling, the suffering, it is all working together for our good (v28). There is nothing that happens to you that God doesn’t, or didn’t know about, it’s all planned out on God’s detailed map. We have his Spirit to guide us (v14), to empower us (1John 4.4), and to pray for us (v26). Heaven’s angels look down on the arena (1Corinthians 4.9), creation itself holds it’s breath (v19)! They see all the hurdles in front of us, the sins to climb over, the warfare that rages, discouragement’s of defeat. Will they make it? Yes! Because he also glorified us (v30b). Doesn’t that tense suggest it’s already been done? In the Divine mind it has been done.
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1997)