English Standard Version (ESV)
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.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Mark Twain once said, “When in doubt, tell the truth.”
For those of you who may be full of doubts today, I want to tell you the truth.
These verses are full of amazing truths that should empower us each and every day.
God has known us since before we were conceived. You are not an accident. You were planned.
God predestined a plan for us to be conformed to the image of Jesus. God loves us so much that—even before you were born—God predestined a plan through which and a person through whom we could be saved.
God wants us to be His children, but not just His children. God wants us to be the “firstborn.”
God called us to salvation through Jesus.
God, through Jesus, has justified us. “Justified”: Just as if we had never sinned.
We’ve been glorified through Jesus. Do you feel “glorious” because you are.
If God is for us, who can be against us? No one! This should embolden and empower us.
God gave us the life of His son Jesus, but that was just the beginning. God wants to “graciously give us all things.”
I needed these verses today and I needed to remember: When in doubt, read the Truth.