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Justified (just if I'd....never sinned)
Mon Jul 31, 2017 08:52

“It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence whether a man be behind it or no.” RALPH WALDO EMERSON

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be come conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, he also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us who could be against us?”

The apostle Paul was totally behind the statement, “If God is for us who could be against us.” Paul knew from experience that it was hard to go against the grain when it came to God. It was also hard to go against the grain when it came to the work that was being accomplished through the cross. Paul tried to go against God, and had some success at it for a couple of years. The apostle Paul before he was called to the ministry was what I would call a special prosecutor. He had arrest orders and was having the followers of Jesus imprisoned and executed. Then one day while on the job headed to Damascus to imprison more followers of Jesus, he was floored, and I mean floored big time. God’s light shone and blinded Paul, and a voice spoke to him. Paul had an instant conversion. I really don’t understand too much about this kind of experience, all I know is what I read in Scripture about them. In my life my spiritual experience has been a gradual, growing, learning type of experience, but of no less importance to God than the blinding light type. Paul was predestined to come to a saving grace and work for God. I my self was predestined to come to a saving grace and to be of service to God. That word predestined can really take us places that are hard to understand. I have heard some say that predestined means some will make heaven and some won’t, just the way it is. I don’t buy that. I know from Scripture that Jesus said whoever believes shall not perish. Whoever, not some, and some not, but whoever. That means that we all have been predestined to come to a saving grace through Jesus, but the choice is ours. We can walk away if we want, we are not forced. If we accept what has been predestined for us by God through belief in Jesus, then we are called into some service. Being called we are made through faith, not guilty of our past life, or justified. Being justified we are glorified. All the way from our surrender of self and saying yes to Jesus, to glory. Quite a step, of course God helped us span the distance. Paul understood the change that took place in his life, and penned the words, “If God is for us, who can be against us.” Paul was behind these words all the way, and it makes a difference to me when I read them. Like Paul, God has done for me what I could not do for myself……………….wolf

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