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The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalms 12:6

“God is not the author of confusion,” in Romans 8:29 God could have stated; for those he did foreknow, if he was referring to the elect as in verse 30. He could have stated; conformed to the image of the Son, and sealed the interpretation. The words God chose to use in writing his revelation were purposely selected, there is nothing random in his choice of them. Possibly we should not look for an interpretation that God could have made perfectly obvious in stating it a little differently and look for one that would only exist because he stated it the way he did?

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

If you study the New Testaments use of the terms, “his Son,” compared to, “the Son,” you will see that whenever the term “his Son” is used it is always in direct reference to God in relation to Christ Jesus. Whenever the term “the Son” is used it is in reference to everything other than God, e.g., men, Satan, demons, etc. to Christ Jesus.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God loved, God sent—his Son

Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

The tempter said—the Son

Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus;…

God glorified—his Son

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Declared by the resurrectionthe Son

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

God called—his son

2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

Paul and others preached—the Son

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

God sent—his Son

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I (Paul)—the Son

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

God sent—his Son

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

We allthe Son

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

God raised—his Son

1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

He (whoever) believeth—the Son; God gave record of —his Son

Any of those verses could be rewritten to use the other term. The separation of the terms is purposeful, not an accident, not random. The fact that Romans 8:29 uses the term “his Son” tells us that God is performing some action related to “his Son” and neither men, nor anything else, is involved. It is not man that has to be conformed if it were the term used would have been "the Son."

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Accordingly, when the Bible speaks of God in relation to Christ Jesus the term used is “his Son.” when speaking of man or any other in relation to Christ Jesus the term used is “the Son.” Man is not being spoken of in Romans 8:29, man is not foreknown, being predestinated, not the one conforming, God as the Word is. God sent, God raised, God spoke through, God foreknew and predestinated, “his Son.” Man was not involved until the Word’s predestination included many brethren.


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