For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called: those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.Romans 8:29-30
There is an excitement that floods my heart anytime I read this scripture above. An excitement birthed by knowledge so profound, accurate and backed up by God’s reputation. I don’t know if anyone of you had ever been promised a gift tied to a condition of an excellent result as a child. As a kid in this situation, when you meet up with the condition/standard of excellence set by your parent, you would be so confident and expectant of the gift that has been promised. This is what the scripture above brings to our consciousness as believers, It simply informs the believer that God has planned it before time that those who believe in Christ, will be conformed to the image of Christ i.e. God now sees them just as he sees Christ, which would mean that they stand justified, and as a result of their justification they are glorified.
This is synonymous with a right of legitimacy, like being the prince of a monarchical government, where rulership is hereditary, it is quite different from the unreliable structure of a democratic government election, where results can be influenced and the outcome cannot be predicted: everything is left to chance and luck. The right to sonship we believers enjoy in Christ is fixed. Glory!
While trying to emphasize this to his disciples in John 14: 6 & 7 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him”. Jesus was trying to make all the disciples understand that their destination is secured in him. Likewise, as believers today we are made to realize that we who are in Christ Jesus are chosen ones: Chosen by him; chosen through him; and chosen for him. As believers, we were not elected, but we met the requirement for selection by believing in Jesus Christ and his redemptive works. The least of our concerns is disqualification because he who qualified us has placed his seal on us and has a reputation that cannot be refuted or challenged. In John 6: 40, Jesus said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day”. We are a special breed, we have been selected by grace, we have been justified, we are the chosen ones, we belong to the clan of Jesus Christ, and we stand assured that we have been called unto perfect redemption.
This is what forms the base of our mission here on earth. This is what inspires our drive. Who we are and all that we have received is on a platter of our belief in Jesus Christ. The best we can do is to uphold the tenets of our selection and continue on the course we have been appointed for.
FURTHER READING: Galatians 4
DECLARATION: I am chosen as a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. I live to declare the praises of him who has called me out of darkness into his wonderful light.