“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
This is a continuation of an order of salvation that began in verse 29. It’s an order that cannot be broken. Each part is connected to the next one. It begins with those who are predestined by God. He chose us long before we chose him. We are called to faith by the gospel. We are the ones God foreknew before creation ever began.
We who are called are then justified. This is an effectual calling within a person’s heart that brings a dead heart into new life. God remembers our sins no more. We who are justified are then glorified, one day receiving our resurrection bodies when Jesus returns. Interestingly, Paul talks as if this glorification has already happened. Indeed, in God’s mind, it already has.
Do you know this order of salvation? Understanding each step should drive you deeper into the heart of our amazing God. Your salvation is not an accident, but an important part of God’s plan for you and his world.
To him be the glory forever and ever!