And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
—Romans 8:30 (NLT)
God declares in this verse that He chose you to know Him. You were chosen to be His child and receive all the inherent blessings in that relationship. Jesus gave His life for you to have this relationship with God. God called you to come to Himself, and when you came to Him, you received right-standing with Him. You now stand in God’s presence without a single fault. And when Jesus gave you right-standing with His Father, you received God’s glory (Ephesians 1:3-8). He became your Abba Father (Galatians 4:6). Christ, the hope, of glory is within you (Colossians 1:27). His glorious power lives within you (Ephesians 1:19).
This is how God sees you and wants you to see these truths in yourself. But we become frustrated when we try to earn something we have already been given. We must allow the Word to transform our understanding about the gift of righteousness that is ours in Christ. We haven’t called ourselves. We can’t forgive ourselves and make ourselves right with God. We can’t earn His righteous glory because it is already ours—given to us in the gift of His life. Your new life in Christ is a gift you cannot earn. You have to believe what you have received is yours.
“What then shall we say to these things?” (Romans 8:31a, NKJV).
Paul asks a crucial question here. “Do you believe who God says you are—that God chose you and having accepted Him, you are called, justified, and glorified?”
The Word can declare these truths about you, but until you take ownership of what God says about you, they do not make a difference in your life. When you have unused power in your life, you are not receiving the benefits of your inheritance in Christ. But when you believe what God declares about you in His Word, you receive what His truth declares (Hebrews 4:2). You believe what God says about you by faith (Romans 10:17). You don’t always “feel” what God says is true. You have to know what is true. You exercise by faith that what His Word says is true. And when you believe His Word in your heart, His power is alive and realized in you.
What is your response to who Jesus says you are? This is where who you are in Christ comes down to your personal relationship with Him. No one else can answer Romans 8:30 for you. It is your personal question. You might say, “God saved me but for me to believe I’m called, justified, glorified, and filled with the power of God? I don’t know about that.” And with this response, you close the door to believing who you are in Christ.
It is truthful for you to say, “I am called by God. I am justified. I am glorified with the Spirit of God within me. I have the shed blood of my Savior living in me. So what do I say to these things that God says about me? I am forgiven. I am whole. I am healed. I am delivered. I see myself as God sees me. This is true for me. Not tomorrow or the next day. It is true now!”
“What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31, NKJV).
What do you say to these things about yourself? God sees the image of His Son in you. You are new in Christ. All the old is gone. God is for you and not against you. Nothing has any power to stand against you when you believe who God says you are in your heart.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher