Romans 8:29-30 takes us through a study of what the Christian life looks like. These verses explain that “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” It is miraculous that from the beginning of time, God knew which people would choose them, and He chose them to be like His Son. He made them heirs along with His firstborn Son: Jesus. It then goes on to say that since He chose them, He called them to Him and He imparted His glory to His sons and daughters!
These verses show us the work God does on His part. The only thing He requires of us is to accept His great gift of salvation. But His work was much greater than anything we could ever do. He foreknew us from the beginning of time. He predestined us as His children. He called us to live a life according to His purpose. And those He called He justified (or made right), and those He justified, He glorified! We will receive an eternal glory because of the work God has done! What a beautiful process!
God’s gift is free for His people. It didn’t cost us anything. But it cost Him everything. He gave up His only Son to rescue us from our sins. His Son gave up His Sonship in heaven. It cost them so much, but it was worth it. It was the plan- what God wanted to do.