We've been wandering through Romans on Wednesday night for 14 weeks now, and we hit a bump in the road two weeks ago. I knew going in that the passage was going to be tough, because it has some of those words that cause the normal Baptist's ears to tingle - "foreknew" and "predestination." Well, I backed up last week and tried to clear it up, but as I get ready for tonight, I'm still not sure I did. So let me try once more.
Here's the meat of the passage from the Message.
What you need to know about this passage is this.
Even if you don't believe you can become more like Jesus, even if you can't see any way the old you will ever fade away, even if your family and friends don't believe this Christianity deal is anything more than a passing fad with you and that you will fail...
Even if no one else believes in you... God does.
In fact, He can already see you changing, already picture you becoming more like Jesus.
He knows you can do it. And he's planning on your seeing it through - walking with Him, relying on His Holy Spirit to guide and direct your paths while he is working everything together for your good.
So we shouldn't end this passage doing anything but praising God.
Because God will see us through to completion through the power of His Holy Spirit.
God believes in you, beloved. Even if no one else does.
Grace and peace,