52 Weeks (Week 8)

66982Just like we did a few weeks back with Psalm 121, we are going to learn another set of passages.  We are going to, over the next few weeks, learn the concluding verses in Romans 8.  Last week we learned Romans 8:28, this week we will learn Romans 8:29-30.

If you look at Romans, you see Paul spending so much time in Romans 1- 7 explaining our need for Jesus, how everyone that has ever lived needs Jesus.  And when you read it,  you can almost feel a little down because Paul really hammers everyone and their sin and their need for salvation.

And then you get to Romans 8.  Romans 8 may be one of the most graceful, optimistic chapters in the entire Bible.  It starts off the call that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, we are forgiven. And then it just keeps getting better and better and better.

Today we and memorize Romans 8: 29-30:

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

In this passage, we see this truth about salvation.  It’s not just about us.  Now of course we have to respond to God’s offer.  We have to respond to God’s gift of live and joy and peace.  We have to move.

But, it doesn’t start with us.  It starts with God.  He is the first actor.  He reaches out to us.  He calls us.  He comes to us.  He moves first.  He acts first.  He says you are mine.

And then it’s up to us to respond.

Today, through Jesus Christ, God has called you.  He had reached out to you.  He desires to know you.

And He calls us to reach back.  He calls us to respond.

Today, as grace is offered to us by God, may we receive that precious gift.  May we respond to God’s action.

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