God's Eternal Purpose
"All things…" - What things in particular is Paul speaking of here?
"…work together for good" - What good? (cf. vv.17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 27)
God has a plan to accomplish His purpose. When did He form that plan?
What are the chances that He will see His plan to successful fulfillment?
What does verse 28 imply about God's call?
Who are the primary objects of His plan?
In verses 29-30, who is the subject in each case?
Who is the object?
The great sweeping panorama of God's plan:
- Foreknew - He foreknew us. The idea is of _______________ ______________.
- Predestined - He predestined us to be __________________ ____ ______ __________ ____ ______ ______.
"God's love is not passive emotion; it is active volition and it moves determinatively to nothing less than the highest goal conceivable for his adopted children, conformity to the image of the only-begotten Son." - John Murray, commentary on Romans.
God is making us like Christ in:
- Called - according to ______ ______________.
- Justified - ________________ __________________.