Made Alive by God
- Date: February 17, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)
- From Put On Christ
He starts Romans 8, verse 29 by saying, "Since you are so full of yourself, I want you to be sure of the redemptive work, the finished work in Jesus Christ, and who you are predestined to be." We can rejoice in that. We're predestined! Ephesians talks about it. Romans talks about it. We are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
He gets all of that clear. We are predestined. It's going to happen. 1 John says, "When He comes, we will see Him as He is, and we will be like Him." What about now? I am predestined to be conformed to the image, but that doesn't mean I'm going to look like Him. That means I'm going to act like Him. It means that I'm going to be loving. I'm going to be gentle. I'm going to be kind. I'm going to always do those things that please my Father. I'm going to always and at all times, finish every pursuit of God with this: not my will, Thy will be done. We're all there. We know that. None of us wants our will. None of us wants to determine how things are going to turn out in our lives. We are all absolutely, 100 percent longing for the will of God, which sometimes includes adversity, destruction, death, and turmoil. "Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord! Yes, I'm longing for that!" That's the image of Jesus. He sought and longed for the will of the Father, because He knew Father, He knew the love of Father, He knew the wisdom of Father, and He knew Him from the eternal perspective. We're getting glimpses of Him through the Word of God. I don't want to bog down in this first part of this tremendous epistle. I love the passages and the promises that are made to us.
It says in Ephesians 1, verse 9, we're coming to the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure. It says, "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ" (Ephesians 1:10-12). Then he says, "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed , ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory" (Ephesians 1:13-14). Look at these promises! Starting in verse 19, he says, "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 1:19-20). He placed Him far above, and He has put all things under His feet. He has become head of all things of the church, "Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all" (Ephesians 1:23). That's good preaching. That's a good meditation.
Do you know what's better than that? He's quickened you and made you alive who were dead. In times past, you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, and according to the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. You were one of them. You fulfilled the desires of your flesh, and you were by nature the children of wrath, damnation, destruction, and death. But God has made us alive. He's quickened us together and has raised us up in heavenly places in Christ. "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:7).
We can go on and talk about all of the benefits of redemption, our legal separation from sin and its power over us, and then we have to struggle with it every day. We read chapters like Romans. The things I want to do I don't do. The things I don't want to do I find myself doing. "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:24). You say, "Man! How do I get from here to here? How do I pull this thing off?" You don't. It's God in you. He is working in us to will and to do His good pleasure.