29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Romans 8:29-30 (NLT)
Welcome to my series of Romans 8. In the previous verse, we learned of God who causes everything to work together for our good. The above verses tell us more on God’s plan for our future.
Let us begin with Verse 29. The first part says God knew us in advance. We are not strangers to god. He knew us long before we were born. This means there is nothing about us that we can hide from God. Therefore, there is no alternative to being truthful to God. This has been my policy ever since I knew of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am completely truthful to God and I have told him everything in my mind no matter how “inappropriate” they are.
What do you want to do with your life? What do you wish to accomplish and achieve? What are your dreams? Do you want to be extremely rich? So you want to live like a king? Religious people may condemn you for having such “unspiritual” thoughts and even advise you that God can also use the poor but God will never do that. He knows what our desires are because he was the one who put them there. So, go ahead, live your life and dream your dreams. God knows all about them and he is on your side.
The second part of Verse 29 says he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Do you notice the change in Jesus’ status here? Before the Cross, Jesus was God’s only begotten Son. In Romans 8:29, he has become the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Right now, Jesus is no longer the only Son. He is now God’s eldest son among many brothers and sisters. You and I are among the brothers and sisters.
What does this mean? When God said in Verse 29 that He chose us to become like his Son, He was not referring to just us imitating Jesus’ behavior. He was referring to our complete change in position and species. As Christians, we have become members of a new species. We belong to the same species as Jesus. We have the same rights as him. No wonder we are his co-heir. Put all these together, we Christians have the same position, rights and prosperity as Jesus.
So, if you happen to be wondering what is God’s will for your future, all you need to do is to ask what is God’s will for Jesus. That is his will for you.
• Does God want Jesus to live in good health? If he does, then God also wants you to live in good health.
• Does God want Jesus to live long life? If he does, then God also wants you to live long life.
• Does God want Jesus to live in prosperity? If he does, then God also wants you to live in prosperity.
• Does God want Jesus to be successful? If he does, then God also wants you to be successful.
We belong to the same family of God.
The first part of Verse 30 says God called us to come to him. What does the term “called” means? This term comes with 2 characteristics:
1. It is done in a distance.
2. It is not forced.
When God first called us, he was not inside us. That was the time before we decided to believe in Him and became Christians. He wants every one of us to be saved and called us to follow him. At the same time, He will not force us to believe. This is what calling is supposed to be, God will never force us to do anything against our will, including our salvation. He will never resort to blackmails the way religious churches presented Him to be.
Next, when we choose to follow his call, the subsequent part of Verse 30 says he gave us right standing with himself. Right standing means righteousness. Our righteousness is given to us from God. It is not earned. This is also known as Christ Righteousness. This is opposed to the form of righteousness taught in religious churches. They only believe in Self Righteousness. Religious churches only believe in Self Righteousness because they think they have to follow certain rules in order to be right with God. Yet the Verse 30 above tells us otherwise. Our righteousness is given by God. As Christians we are Christ Righteous and not Self Righteous.
The last part of Verse 30 says after we have received God’s righteousness, he gives us his glory. Our future is glorious. Please note that the Bible is referring to the true God’s glory and not the perverted “glory” promoted by religious churches. God will never make you sick and poor for his glory. That is the perversion from religion. The greatest wish of God for our lives is for us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. We have a great and glorious future ahead of us. Great prosperity is coming our way. So, rejoice and be glad for our future shall be glorious.