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"Foreloved" by Bob Donohue
Date: 2018-07-29
Text: Romans 8:29-30
Series: Romans
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2018-07-29 • Bob Donohue • Romans 8:29-30
 

“All things work together for the good of those who love God.” Yes, but how can he say so? what’s the basis, or foundation, of that statement? The doctrine of God’s saving grace toward sinners, described in verses 29-30, is the foundation upon which verse 28 rests.

1. Foreknown for Favor, v.29

Romans 11:1-2 — I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew…

Amos 3:1 — Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel… You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities…

Hosea 13:4 — I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior. It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought…

Matthew 7:23 — And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers…

1 Corinthians 8:3 — If one loves God, one is known by God…

Galatians 4:8 — Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world…

2 Timothy 2:19 — God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

2. Predestined for Perfecting, v.29
3. Showcasing the Savior, v.30

Hope is the most practical power in the world. It overcomes discouragement and depression and irritability and anxiety and suicide. It gives new life to old jobs and old marriages and old friendships and old churches. It opens the future and invites vision and dreams and planning and prayer. It conquers lust and greed and vain ambition, because these are just short term substitutes for people who have lost hope in something really great and beautiful and satisfying in their lives. — John Piper