Romans 8:28-30 clearly shows that every believer is called into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. As Paul puts it; “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (8:30). If I put this in my own words, it would be that God thought of you and me before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:4), called us, and then prepared us through the death of Jesus so we are totally suitable for the relationship with Him.
The word “called” in this verse means to “communicate with someone who is at a distance in order to tell them to come.” That meaning is the gospel! We “who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). That word “were” is very important for us to think about, especially as we consider Romans 3:23; “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
“And He [Jesus] went up on the mountain and called to Him those whom he desired, and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve (whom He also named apostles [messengers]) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:13–14). Here the word “called” means to come “for the purpose of a reciprocal relationship.” That is essential for being sent out on His mission.
Tomorrow we will look more at this most important aspect of God’s call on you.
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