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And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
In the last three posts we have looked at the first 5 links in the so-called Golden Chain of Salvation:
1. “Those who love God” – The passage in question is about the saints, those who are in Christ (Rom. 8:1 & 27). To ignore that the “Golden Chain” starts here is to willfully ignore the Scripture.
2. “Those whom God foreknew” – God chose to make a covenant with those whom he foreknew would respond to his offer of grace (Rom. 8:28, John 16:27).
3. “He also predestined” – God predetermined what he would do for those who accepted his Son. He planned to adopt them as his children and give them the inheritance of being transformed into the glorified image of his only begotten Son (Eph. 1:5).
4. “He also called” – Though the gospel God invites all men to repent and believe in his Son. Those who respond to that invitation are given the encouraging title “the called” to show that they have been “qualified” to share in the inheritance of Jesus Christ through what he has done for them (Col. 1:12).
5. “He also justified” – Since sinners have no place being called the “children of God,” God sent Jesus to cleanse men of their sins. Through faith in his blood, God justifies all those whom he foreknew. When the book of Romans was written, those who had already believed in the gospel had already been justified by God (Rom. 5:1).
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