Indications That God Is For Us, Part 3

Sermon Notes, Pastor Milton Vincent
February 26, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Romans 8:28-30


First 4 points, Review:
1. God causes all things to work together for our good. (v.28)
2. God intentionally knew us long before we knew Him. (v.29)
3. God predestined us to be transformed into Christ’s image. (v. 29)
4. God predestined us to Christ-exalting community. (v. 29)

5. God effectually called us to salvation.

Effectual call: “an act of God the Father, speaking through the human proclamation of the gospel, in which He summons people to Himself in such a way that they [willingly] respond in saving faith.” (Wayne Grudem)

-God made our salvation happen.
-Whatever this call it:
is a call that goes to the predestined. (v. 30)
is a call that results in justification and glorification. (v. 30)
is a call that puts a person inside the promise of v. 28.
-There is a general Gospel call, but this is different.
-It is a powerful, life-giving call which when delivered accomplishes the very thing it calls forth from the recipient.
-See John 6:44, John 15:16 (not denying the called made a willing response)
-We cannot take credit for our salvation.
-See Rom. 1:16, 1 Cor. 1:24
-This effectual call is an indication that God is for us.
-God determined the day of your salvation before the foundation of the world.
-We did not choose God because we are better, smarter, more noble etc. than others.

6. God justified us.

Justification: “…an instantaneous legal act of God in which He, (1) decides to think of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in His sight.” (Wayne Grudem)

-The doctrine of justification shows God is for us.
-Justification primarily occurs in the mind of God as He decides to forever think of your sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as yours.
-God keeps your justification ever before His eyes.
-God never looks at us apart from our justification or thinks any thoughts about us that are not governed by our justification.
-We live in the good of Romans 5 because of our justification!
-It does not mean that we turn a blind eye to sin.
-The doctrine of justification gives us courage to look at our sin honestly because we know that it is God who has justified us.
-Romans 8:1 is what Paul reminded himself of when he was in Romans 7 seasons.
-Believe it! God paid a great price to show us His “for-ness.”

7. God will glorify us.

Glorification: All that God does by way of transforming us into the likeness of His Son, culminating in the raising and glorifying of our bodies at the resurrection.

-God has never justified anyone whom He won’t glorify.
-Justification + Glorification = Unbreakable chain.
-See 2 Cor. 3:18; We are being transformed from glory to glory
-See Rom. 3:23; 5:2; 8:17, 21
-He will bring it to pass that we will be glorified, body and soul.

But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. 1 Cor. 2:9

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