According to His Purpose.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.”
The called according to His purpose, are those who are born again.
Everyone has “purpose”……
But God, through Christ, has opened up the way for us, as His, to know His purpose. To be included in it, by a subjection of our will……”to them that love God”
John 15:14-16 “Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what His Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things have I heard of My Father I have made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you.”
So when Paul says “the called according to His purpose”; he is showing that we should know His Purpose…..and he goes on to explain what our purpose is:
Romans 8:29 “For whom He did foreknow, He did also predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren:”
This is the purpose I am called to: to be conformed to the image of His Son, in His character.
(There are two things here, we are to know about our purpose:
1.) He foreknew us. Foreknowledge has to do with people, not things. So when He says “He did foreknow”; He means that He saw us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (2 Timothy 1:9)
1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
2.). He predestinated us. Predestination means that God “marked out and set limits, beforehand”.
Predestination has to do with our works….the circumstances we are to pass through, and the work we are to do for Him.
He “marked out and set limits, beforehand”……for the things which would come into our lives…..and He set aside the things we need to go through them.
Ephesians 1:4-5 “According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”)
Then Paul continues to tell of our Purpose:
Romans 8:30 “Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.”
As Christians, we are to walk in the reality of this verse….
Called….making our calling and election sure…
2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”
1 Thessalonians 2:12 “That ye should walk worthy of God, Who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory.”
Our calling: We are His servants. We belong to Him. We are each given a part of His ministry, for now…..here, where we are.
Justified…..legally made free from condemnation;….and walking justly (rightly) before Him.
Titus 3:7-8 “That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
Our justification is to free us from the law and death,…..to live unto God.
Glorified…..one day in heaven, certainly;….but also tasting of that glory of God now.
(Glory is “making apparent the dignity and honor”, “splendor”)
One day we will see God’s glory face to face; and then will we see our honor and dignity…..in Him.
But now, He wants us to taste of that glory,….walking and knowing His Victory in our circumstances.
The honor of His Will being done….where we personally are concerned…..
….this is our glory.
2 Peter 1:3 “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us unto glory and virtue.”
The glory of God and our taste of it here, is to raise our thoughts and affections upward,….knowing the honor that being His child, is….even here.
According to His Purpose…….”the intention of God for our lives”……is that we be conformed to His Son….in character;…..and praise Him for the honor of doing His Will.
Ephesians 1:11-12 “In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the Purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own Will:
That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.”