Romans 8:28-33 The Called

A PROMISE YOU NEED TO KNOW
THE BELIEVERS SOLID HOPE
Romans 8:28-30  #45.126
Charles e Whisnant, August 12, 2012

WHAT YOU KNOW CAN CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THINGS.

Romans 8 is one of the best chapter on Christian Eternal Security of the Believer.  We see that in 35-36.

Who is going to separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecutions, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  NOTHING SHALL.
Differing Translations

THE BIGGER THE BUILDING THE BIGGER THE FOUNDATION

THE BUILDING OF ROMANS 8:28

1.    Bad People
2.    Already Elected
3.    Completely Atoned for
4.    Overwhelmingly called
5.    Never falling away.

A SYNOPSIS APPETIZER OF THE FOUNDATION

WHO ARE THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS GREAT PROMISE IN ROMANS 8:28 WHO CAN CLAIM” THIS?    

EXPOSITION OF ROMANS 8:28 PART TWO

TO THOSE WHO LOVE (25) GOD

It’s interesting that Paul does not say “those who believe in Him.” But it says “those who love Him.”  This shows the difference between the Christian and the unbeliever. Those who “simply believe in some God or other, those who made a profession of faith which is very different than those who “make believe and make the possession of faith.

TO THOSE WHO ARE CALLED

Romans 9:11 gives us a good definition of being called.
And 2 Timothy 1:9 says God who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”

“THE CALLED” are the ones who have accepted a calling or an invitation to become a guest or member of a select group. We have been invited by God in the proclamation of the Gospel to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ. No one seeks after God. We did not first go to Christ, Instead, He called, He invited us.

Paul speaks not of an internal call to the gospel, but of the inward call of the Holy Spirit. In theology we term this “effectual calling.”  No one will love God unless God first changes the disposition of the heart through the work of the Holy Spirit.  The capacity to love God is not natural to fallen humanity but must be supernaturally granted by the Father, who takes the initiative in restoring us to Himself.  The regenerative work of God must precede the act of repentance and faith. Only by the divine initiative is anyone saved.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “CALLED”

Vs. 30 tells us: And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified.”  And we know what that means:  “Justified”- Acquitted. Pardoned, Treated as righteous. His children. If you have been called you are justified. CF. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

IN THEOLOGY IT’S CALLED THE EFFECTUAL CALL OF GOD.

So Paul teaches that when the gospel is preached, God calls some so powerfully that their hearts and minds are changed about Jesus Christ and they embrace Him in faith and love.
When God “calls” it’s a powerful call.  Like when Jesus said to Lazarus. “Lazarus, come forth!”  The call of God is power to produce what it commands.  It is an effectual call.

WHY ROMANS 8:28 IS SO CERTAIN FOR THE CALLED:

Because of the one who is doing the calling.  Let me put it this way:
God did not put out a massive worldwide email mailing , or a massive Facebook “UPDATE” saying “to whom it may concern” inviting all to the banquet where all things work together for good.  No God Himself drives up to your front door, walks in picks you up, puts you in the car, drives you to the banquet of Romans 8;28, gives you the banquet garment of love , and then seats you at the right hand of his Son.  ( (Piper)      Listen, we do ourselves a great service when we embrace the doctrine of God’s sovereign, effectual call. MacArthur, Spurgeon, Sproul, Whisnant, Piper, York, Bower, Samson, Paul

TO THOSE WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE 4286

I would say this. The call of God originates in God’s purpose not ours. It is not like “God I want to be saved, because this is what I want to do.” No. God has His own purposes not ours.  God has a much higher purpose that governs his call. When God drove up to my heart’s door back in 1954 it was according to His purpose and will to do so.  “Had He waited for me to have a purpose of salvation, I would still be on Facebook.”

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