28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Predestined, Called, Justified, and Glorified
Predestined = Chosen before we did anything (good or bad)
Called = The Gospel reached us by His messengers fulfilling their purpose in God’s divine plans
Justified = The blood of Christ atones for our sins and His righteous life provides us justification (or right standing before God)
Glorified = One day we will be honored and glorified as Christ is because God will see us as He sees Him (not because of works, lest any man should boast, but by grace working through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, the Lord)
God’s ways are above our ways and His thoughts above our thoughts. He chooses the worst candidates and calls them His children by conforming them to the image of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. He is not ashamed of the Gospel. He is not ashamed of what He has done. He knew before He chose us what He was getting. It was not because of the value that we possessed, but because of the value God placed in making us His possession.