Summary: Our destiny is secure in Christ and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. What a glorious destiny awaits you Christian.
Our New Destiny
Destiny is determined not by chances but by choices. Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
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
God gives us the summary of what will happen with each “true” believer, God will fulfill HIS purpose for the believer.
This is the second assurance of deliverance.
If pure logic of philosophy and theology are applied, then the passage says that God chooses some for heaven and others for a terrible hell. This is not the meaning God intends.
Think about it, in the midst of all the blessing we get by choosing to draw near to Christ why would God make such a statement. Instead, what God wants believers to do is to take heart, HE has assured their salvation.
God has “predestinated [believers] to be conformed to the image of HIS Son.”
If you looked in a mirror today, would you say you resemble Christ?
Why are we predestined? “That Christ might be the first-born [have the preeminence] among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
God has ordained that Jesus Christ shall hold the highest rank and position: that He be the exalted Head of all creation and the One to whom all men look (cp. Col. 1:15, 18). Therefore, God will allow nothing to permanently defeat believers.
Believers will be conformed to the image of God’s dear Son. This means both an inward and an outward likeness.
Conformed” (summorphous) means the very form or likeness as Christ.
Image” (eikonos) means a derived or a given likeness. To be conformed to the image of God’s Son means...
·to become a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
·to be adopted as a son of God (Ephes. 1:5).
·to be holy and without blame before Him (Ephes. 1:4; Ephes. 4:24).
·to bear the image of the heavenly: which is an incorruptible, immortal body (1 Cor. 15:49-54; cp. 1 Cor. 15:42-44).
·to have one’s body fashioned (conformed) just like His glorious body (Phil. 3:21).
·to be changed (transformed) into the same image of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:18).
·to be recreated just like Him (1 John 3:2-3).
Let’s remember to see God’s love in this passage as HE guarantees all who will come to HIM eternal life.
“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).
“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).
“God hath not cast away his people [Israel] whom he foreknew” (Romans 11:2).
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained [foreknown] before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:18-20).
If you have “truly” called upon the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you can rest assured of this glorious truth. God has predestinated you to be delivered from the suffering and struggling of this sinful world.