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Called, Justified, and Glorified

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 8:30

We didn’t just stay in the mind of God. We were born and then called. Notice that these verbs are all past tense (Greek aorist)—called, justified, and glorified—past action with enduring results.

These are what God did for us. This is grace in operation. Even when He foreknew us, He saw us in Christ. He saw us called, justified, and glorified. He saw us throughout the whole of our lives and into glory. Our life here is short compared to eternity. God saw us from eternity past to eternity future.

God called us. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14) Many are invited, but few accept the invitation. God puts out the call. It’s interesting that this passage just says that God calls, justifies, and glorifies. That is His plan for every person. In His plan for humanity, all are called, justified, and glorified. That is God’s desire for everyone.

The Bible, however, does not teach universal salvation. Though it is God’s desire that not one perish, the truth is many will. Many will not conform themselves to the image of His dear Son. Many will not answer the call. Many will not take advantage of God’s justification through the finished work of Jesus. Moreover, many will not be glorified into their heavenly abode.

But those who answer the call, are justified and glorified in God’s eternal purpose and plan for their lives. This is His purpose for us who believe. We have been known since the beginning of time. We are called into Christ, justified, and glorified. Our glorification is not yet physically manifested, but already accomplished in Christ. That is His purpose for us.