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The Soon Coming Judgment Of God Upon America and How To Escape It                 27
predestined each of us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ. As children of the Father,
we are redeemed through Christ's shed blood, His death and His resurrection. Our sins are
forgiven “according to the riches of his grace”:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having
predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,
according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption
through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
(Ephesians 1:4-7).
Because of the inheritance we have obtained from Jesus Christ, we are predestined,
according to God’s purposes to be to the glory of God:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his
own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ
(Ephesians 1:11-12).
Our Lord God is “full of compassion”; He is “gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in
mercy and truth”.
He is Holy, He is good, He is righteous and his ways are perfect.
In order to
glorify him, we must be like him. In our own strength it is impossible to be like him. This is
because we “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” And since we have all sinned,
“There is none righteous, no, not one.”
In spite of the fact that we are all sinners and that not
one of us is righteous, we have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ,
who is without sin:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did
predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified:
and whom he justified, them he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).
Because God has predestined us for salvation and eternal life, he has not appointed us to
wrath but to salvation and eternal life through the saving grace of Jesus Christ:
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should
live together with him (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10).
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