What praise and gratitude are due unto God for His divine decrees. It is because of them that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Well may we exclaim, “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever, Amen.” (Romans 11:36)
– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 14
The decree of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things. We have used the singular number as Scripture does (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 3:11), because there was only one act of His infinite mind about future things. But we speak as if there had been many, because our minds are only capable of thinking of successive revolutions, as thoughts and occasions arise, or in reference to the various objects of His decree, which being many seem to us to require a distinct purpose for each one. But an infinite understanding does not proceed by steps, from one stage to another: “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).
– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 10
But we are not without a Savior, Jesus Christ has come. And he is a great Savior. Every need we have, he supplies. And his death on the cross is the price that purchases every gift that leads to deep and lasting joy.
- Is there wrath and curse hanging over us? (Galatians 3:13)
- Is there condemnation against us in the courtroom of heaven? (Romans 8:33-34)
- Are there innumerable trespasses mounting up against us? (Ephesians 1:7)
- Is righteousness required that we cannot produce? (II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:19)
- Are we cut off from eternal life? (John 3:16)
- Are we trapped in the dominion of sin that ruins our lives? (I Peter 2:24; II Corinthians 5:15)
- Will all the follies and failures of our past drag us down with irrevocable, destructive consequences? (Romans 8:28)
- Have we lost all the good things God planned for his Children? (Romans 8:32)
- Is there any hope that sinners like us could spend an all-satisfying eternity with God? Can I ever come home to God? (I Peter 3:18)
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 73-74
This is what we want as human beings: We want a revelation of God himself. We want to say with Moses “Show us your glory.” And indeed a time is coming when the “glory that is to be revealed to us” will make all “the sufferings of this present time” seem as nothing (Romans 8:18). But for now, in this age, God has ordained that primarily he reveals his glory to us “by the word of the Lord.” Hearing is the primary way of seeing in this age.
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 64-65
This connection between God’s glory and our seeing demands that we understand the two kinds of seeing we have spoken about. For in one sense the glory of God is not yet visible, and in another sense it is (Romans 8:18). This means that the glory is not yet here to see (Romans 8:24). And in this hope we rejoice (Romans 5:2)
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 60
As we look at Romans 8:13, one thing we clearly see is that mortification, or putting sin to death, is our responsibility. Paul said, “You put to death.” This is something we must do. It is not something we turn over to God. Rather it is our responsibility as Paul also emphasized in Colossians 3:5.
– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 189
The goal of sanctification is likeness to our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said in II Corinthians 3:18 that we “are being transformed into his likeness.” In Romans 8:29 he said that God “predestined [all believers] to be conformed to the likness of his Son.” Christlikeness is God’s goal for all who trust in Christ and that should be our goal also.
– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 98