THE PURPOSE OF OUR BEING SAVED
Romans 8:29 Series #133
Charles e Whisnant, September 30 2012
SO HOW DO WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE SECURITY OF BEING WITH CHRIST IN ETERNITY?
Our security is ultimate found in the purpose of God.
1A THE PURPOSE OF SALVATION
1B “To conform 4832 us to the image of His Son.”
God is redeeming a holy Christ-like, glorified race of humanity that. That is why we were redeemed. The goal of predestination- – – that believers would be conformed to the image of His Son.”
Within us after salvation will be the holiness of Christ
Late adjective from sun and morph and so an inward and not merely superficial conformity. Eikwn is used of Christ as the very image of the Father (2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15). See Philippians 2:6 for morph. Here we have both morph and eikwn to express the gradual change in us till we acquire the likeness of Christ the Son of God so that we ourselves shall ultimately have the family likeness of sons of God. Glorious destiny. Vine.
Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 3:18 I Corinthians 15:49; Hebrews 2:10.
This salvation is a process of taking you to one level of glory to the next level of glory, and the next, until little by little, and step at a time, and you move toward Christ-likeness until the day you see Him and you become like Him. That is what God is doing in salvation.
2B THAT HE MIGHT BE THE FIRST BORN 44516 (reflecting His priority & supremacy) AMONG MANY BRETHREN: eis to einai (PAN) auton prototokon en pollois adelphois: (Psalms 89:27; Matthewt 12:50; 25:40; John 20:17; Colossians 1:15-18; Hebrews 1:5,6; Hebrews 2:11-15 Revelation 1:5,6)
What does that mean? “first born.” To bear, bring forth. Means position, priority, preeminence over.
Why? So there will be a whole redeemed humanity over which He will be the supreme one.
Philippians 2:9-10: A group of people in heaven who will for all eternity give Christ glory. Colossians 1:18.
Why were you created? For His glory.
Do you now understand why you are saved? You were redeemed to be like Christ and give Christ preeminent one glory due to his name.
He not only in His plan brought them into the family for glory but to be one with Himself so we are brothers.
Why Is the Goal That Christ Would Be “Firstborn Among Many Brethren”? So your holiness, your sanctification, your becoming like Jesus is God’s aim for your life from eternity. Predestination means: Predestined to become like Jesus. That is what you should be giving yourself to. Pray and study and fight and suffer and trust to be like Jesus.