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    Understanding Why You Have Been Saved

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. — Romans 8.28 “Good” refers to final glory. Everything in the Christian life is working toward your eternal glory. Note how we have been called according to His purpose, 8.28b. In 8.29, Paul defines God’s eternal purpose in our salvation. He explains why God is causing everything to work together for our glory. The purpose for our being saved is for us to be conformed to the image of Christ. God saved you to make you like Jesus. Conformed means “being in the same form with.”…

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    God: The God of Deliverance

    In Exodus 3.13-14 we are introduced to God’s personal name. Moses is in a discussion with God at the burning bush, who has just commissioned him to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt, 3.10. Moses begins immediately to question his abilities. I believe this would be the natural reaction out of most humble people. Think about yourself and how you would respond. Moses’ first question is probably very similar to what mine would be: basically, “who am I to do this?” God’s reply in 3.12 is not something just to be passed over quickly because in it we learn about one of the great characteristics of God: I will…