Romans Lesson 15 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
The eternal chain of God’s working is seen in the connection between foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified. God didn’t begin a work in the Romans simply to abandon them in the midst of their present suffering. ~Guzik
6. a. Foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified
Foreknew — To have previous knowledge of; to foresee.
Predestined — To decree beforehand; to foreordain.
This verse is the key to predestination (1 Peter 1:2). God only predestinates those who He foreknew would accept Him. He has never predestinated anyone to hell. Those He knew would accept Him as Savior are predestinated to become just like Jesus. As we renew our minds, this can happen to a degree in this life, but every true believer will be exactly like Jesus when we see Him (1 John 3:1-2). (Andrew Wommack)
Called — To invite or draw into union with Christ; to bring to know, believe and obey the gospel.
…is the “effectual” call in which God opens our heart so we can hear His voice (cp. Acts 16:14). “Calling” in Paul’s writing never means just an invitation. It is a sovereign summons that draws the sinner from death to life. HCSB Study Bible.
Justified — to pardon and clear from guilt; to absolve or acquit from guilt and merited punishment, and to accept as righteous on account of the merits of the Savior, or by the application of Christ’s atonement to the offender.
Glorified — To make glorious; to exalt to glory, or to celestial happiness.
“God didn’t begin a work in the Romans simply to abandon them in the midst of their present suffering.” ~Guzik
God’s work in us will continue “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” Ephesians 4:13 RSV
7. Ways God makes us right with him.
Through suffering, we learn to anticipate God’s goodness.
God pours out his love in our hearts by giving us the Holy Spirit.
If we treasure his word in our hearts, we won’t sin against God. Psalm 119:11 (Paraphrased)
Some believers never mature because their eyes are on the things of earth instead of Jesus and some are afraid of persecution.
8. The Lord wants to complete the good work he began in me.
I set aside a time of prayer and fasting because I need answers and direction about several things. The Lord spoke to me several times, but he had other topics on his mind. I called a good friend to confess several things he brought to my attention. As usual, she had wise words to share.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 15 Day 3 ~ Romans 8:29-30