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Becoming Like Christ
The substance of what we have learned to this point from reading Romans is incredible. These verses are no different. Paul’s letter has demonstrated to us that we can have victory over sin and live a righteous life. Today we see that the process of becoming like Christ is guaranteed! Although it is a difficult process, and we may wonder at times if we will ever get there, God has guaranteed that it will happen. Paul tells us in verses 28-30 that God works out “everything” for good. You see, those God saved, He has predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son. You and I who know Jesus Christ as our Savior will become like Jesus Christ. The events of salvation are not only enough to save us and get us to heaven, but are also enough to make us like Christ. To drive the point home, Paul listed the kinds of things we fear might keep us from becoming like Christ. In verse 37 he states that we are more than conquerors. He re-emphasized that we will become like Christ. Not only is our salvation guaranteed but our sanctification is as well. Use these facts to encourage yourself and others to press on. All things work together for good.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?