For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.Romans 8:29(HCSB)
In this glorious passage, our eternal security is reiterated, we are assured that there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus, and we are told that all things work together for good to those that love God and are the called according to His good purpose. We then arrive at the pinnacle of God's promises to us - that those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed into the image of His Son so that the Lord Jesus would be the firstborn among many brothers.
In this amazing verse of Scripture, we discover that God knew in advance who would believe in Christ, and ordained that the essential nature and character of every believer would be changed, by the power of the Holy Spirit, into the perfect qualities and distinctive beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God's ultimate purpose in every born-again child of God is that we are to be conformed into the likeness of His dear Son. The omniscient God, Who knows the end from the beginning, knew before the foundation of the world which members of the human race would freely trust Christ as Saviour.
God foreknew whether you and I would place our trust in the death, burial, and Resurrection of His only begotten Son, and in ages past He preordained that our old sin nature would die to self, and our new life in Christ would be changed into the very likeness of Jesus in His humanity.
God foreordained and predestined that all who are saved by grace through faith would become just like Christ in His perfect, glorified manhood.
Jesus was a Man Who depended entirely upon the Father throughout His whole life. His entire character was a perfect reflection and image of the Father. In like manner, we who were once dead in trespasses and sins have been predestined to become just like Christ, in every essential characteristic.
Praise His holy name.
Father, I willingly submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in me and pray that You would search every aspect of my life and rid me of every trait that does not reflect the beauty of Jesus. Thank You that You foreordained this amazing transformation of my ugly character into His glorious likeness. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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