Firm Foundations Three (24 of 55) In Christ, I Am Called, Justified, And Glorified By God

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In Christ, I Am Called, Justified, And Glorified By God.

New Standing: In Jesus Christ, you have a new standing with God. Your salvation is all by the grace of God. He has called you and saved you from the problem of sin. He has justified you and saved you from the penalty of sin. He has glorified you and will save you from the presence of sin. Through understanding our new standing with God, we will know we have a right relationship with Him and praise the glory of His grace.
Romans 8:30

In Christ, I Am Called (Saved From The Problem Of Sin)

  • Every person who is “in Christ” has been called by God. This means that God chose to save us according to His own will and not according to anything good in us. God through His love and grace decided to show forth His grace to us, who are completely unworthy of it. Therefore, being called by God, I know that I am loved.
    Acts 2:39; 13:48; Ephesians 1:4-6
  • The Bible says that God called those whom He foreknew and predestined, meaning that God determined to know us, save us, and change us before the world began. This shows that our salvation is all by the grace of God and not according to our works.
    Romans 8:28–29; 2 Timothy 1:9; Revelation 17:8
  • A person responds to the call of God through repentance and faith in Jesus. The gospel is preached and we willingly choose to respond to it through faith in Jesus. As a result, God saves us from the penalty of our sin, which is eternity in hell.
    2 Thessalonians 2:14; Acts 20:21; John 3:16
  • Through God’s grace we are part of “the called of Jesus Christ.” God called us out of darkness into His marvelous light; He called us unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord; He called us unto His kingdom and glory; He called us to be saints; He called us unto eternal life.
    Romans 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9–10; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:12

In Christ, I Am Justified (Saved From The Penalty Of Sin)

  • Justification means that God has completely forgiven our sins and gives us Jesus’ righteousness, therefore declaring us righteous or sinless. God no longer sees us as a sinner but as a righteous person. God sees our sins as belonging to Christ and Christ’s righteousness belonging to us. This happens the moment you repent and believe.
    2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:3–9
  • Justification is only possible through faith in Jesus. Our works or obedience to the law can never forgive our sins and give us perfect righteousness. It is only through faith, trusting in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that we can be justified. We aren’t worthy of this amazing gift, but God has freely given it to us by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
    Romans 3:24, 26; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9
  • Justification is carried out by God. This is a legal action where God as a Judge, declares you righteous. Therefore, the price of all our sins have been forgiven (past, present, future). We will never be condemned because we are now righteous in the sight of God.
    Romans 8:1; 8:33
  • Justification results in peace with God. Now that we are made righteous we have perfect peace with God. Now we have a right relationship with God. All is made well. This should result in us having peace, no longer fearing God as a distant judge, but see Him as a close Father.
    Romans 5:1

In Christ, I Am Glorified (Saved From The Presence Of Sin)

  • Glorification is when we will actually become like Christ. Believers are already saved, forgiven, and justified (positional), but it isn’t until Christ returns that we will be glorified with Him (practical). Each day we are being sanctified, being made more like Christ, but when Christ returns we will be completely made like Him.
    Romans 8:17, 23–24; 1 Corinthians 15:22–23
  • Glorification means our bodies will be transformed. When a believer dies his body stays on the earth but his soul goes to be with God. But when the trumpet sounds, we will be raised and changed. We will receive new incorruptible, immortal, glorious, heavenly bodies.
    1 Corinthians 15:49–52; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2
  • Glorification means we will be present with God and eternally removed from sin. We will eternally enjoy our new relationship with God.
    Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17
  • Glorification is a blessing given to every believer by God. We need to remember that we are being made like Him today and in the end will be like Him only because of His grace. It is God that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
    2 Corinthians 3:18; Jude 24-25; John 17:17; 4:23

Review Questions

  • What does it mean to be called by God?
  • What does it mean to be justified by God?
  • What does it mean to be glorified by God?
  • Understanding these truths help us understand salvation is all of what?
  • Positionally, these truths already are true, but when will they practically be applied?

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