There are certain scriptures that we hear all the time. They’re used to rally us up, encourage us and provide a blessing. Most of the time however, they are used out of a complete view of the scriptures around them. Romans 8:28 & 31 for example.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
If God is for me, who can be against me?
Amazing scriptures, but we forget about the chunk of scripture that flows between the two scriptures. They mean something, and need to be examined with these scriptures because it pertains to each one.
“God works for the good of those who love him, who are CALLED according to his purpose.”
When you were little and mom or dad called you, it was a call to action. You didn’t sit on your butt and scream back at them. That got you in trouble. I know now even more so because it drives me bonkers when I call my daughter and the only response I get is a “what?!” from the other room. When I call them I want them to do something, so I need them to get up and take action. As much as I do love and adore them, I am not calling them to me just so I can look at their adorable little faces.
For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
God is conforming us to the image of his son. Jesus came to live as man, and to die on the cross so we may know what it looks like to live. The actions to live in his image. To be like Jesus.
So then, because we live conformed to the image of Christ and have been called by God and through Jesus’ death, justified. we can then stand firm on this true and glorious question.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Our natural response to the previous scripture is a question to all who would doubt or question our sonship and daughtership. If God is for me, who can possibly stand against me? Standing in this promise takes actions in our everyday life. We have been called to a purpose in our lives! That purpose was given to us by God, for God and through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Remember today, as you go out into everyday life and celebrate the 4th of July, that to live in the glorious promises of all things working together for your good, and knowing no one can stand against you because God is for you, you have to take action!
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.