By Ken Blue
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predeestinat to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 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 8:29-30.
The believer’s salvation is a completed work from beginning to end. In God’s plan, Jesus was crucified before the foundation of the world. However, the crucifixion materialized over 2000 years ago. Likewise, the believer has been to the cross and is now seated in heaven. The realization of that truth will take place when Christ; who is our life shall appear. While we are on earth, we live and walk in the light of that truth by faith. The following poem declares that truth.
Those who would be save, He always foreknew,
Before earth’s creation; crucified for you.
His image is our predestination.
His Word creates that sanctification.
Providential working, reached the called;
Drawn by His Spirit, at His feet they fall.
Declaring us just; wholly justified.
With Him on the cross, we’re identified.
Secured in heaven; fully glorified.
Seated and sealed; we are immortalized.
From foreknowledge to, glorification;
Forever we’re saved from all condemnation!
Foreknown, predestined, and effectually called;
Justifying and glorifying us once and for all!
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.