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(ROMANS 8:28-39)

1. God’s plan of salvation acclaims our forthcoming glory
(Romans 8:28-30)
28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.29For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Whoever knows God feels that he is omnipotent. Nothing happens in the world without his knowledge and will. He is the Almighty. However, we do not believe in predestination, as some religions do, because we know that the great God is our merciful Father, who continuously cares for us, and never harms, neglects, or leaves us. Therefore, we ask him to strengthen our trust in his love that our faith may not be removed in all troubles and persecutions. To confirm our trust in the love of God to us, Paul writes to us a series of confirmations of our personal salvation that we may neither doubt, nor be shaken.
God chose you before you were born, for you were a thought in his heart. He knew you before the foundation of the world. Thus, he knows the innermost recesses of your being, your nature, and your intents. Your relationship with God is deeper than you think. You are not foreign, but near and known to him. He waits for you, as the father waits for the return of his lost son. God longs for you more than you long for him.
The eternal God knew you before all the ages of the past. As for your future, he put a glorious aim before you, because he predestined you by the fullness of his divine will to be his son through Jesus Christ, who carried your sins, and overcame the body of your sin on the cross. In Christ alone, your choice is confirmed. Whoever holds fast to the reconciliation of the Son will never be moved, because the Holy One is faithful. Therefore, recognize that God has given an aim for your life, and predestined you to become glorious in the likeness of the image of Christ, who sits on the right hand of his Father. God does not want to have different ranks of sons, but he leads all to perfection in humility and meekness that you may deny yourself to walk as Christ walked on our earth.