The Glorious Truths of Romans 8:29-30 and Romans 10:14-15

Have you ever noticed the complementary truths expressed by two passages in Romans, namely, 8:29-30 and 10:14-15? 

Paul says, “For those God foreknew he also predestined…and those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans 8:29-30).  Paul asserts divine sovereignty over salvation.  God is in control of salvation from start to finish. 

Paul also says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14-15).  Paul asserts human responsibility to believe the gospel message.  Preachers must proclaim the gospel so that people will hear and believe, or no one will be saved. 

There you have it, friends: divine sovereignty and human responsibility, written in the same letter by the same author about the same subject (salvation).  May we zealously uphold both truths, resting “comfortably” in the mystery of how they intersect.

One thought on “The Glorious Truths of Romans 8:29-30 and Romans 10:14-15

  1. I enjoyed reading this article! Question: What does Paul mean by “that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” in Romans 8:29? Romans 8:29-30 explains why those who believe in Christ can be assured that all things work together for good:God has always been doing good to them, starting before creation, continuing in their conversion, and then on the day of Christ’s return. Paul speaks of glorification as if it were already completed, since God will certainly finish the good work he started (cf.Phil.1:6)! Not only is God sovereign over salvation, but His people can trust His Word-He is reliable and faithful in doing want He has set out to accomplish! he does and will do what He says He will do! This precious truth brings great comfort and peace to me!

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