2. Understanding Predestination
LEARN ABOUT PREDESTINATION
God knew you in the womb and called you to this purpose!
HAVE YOU BEEN PREDESTINED?
The Bible tells us that we have all been predestined dated and call and even chosen.
Predestination, in theology, is the doctrine that all events have been willed by God, usually with reference to the eventual fate of the individual soul.
Explanations of predestination often seek to address the “paradox of free will,” whereby God’s omniscience seems incompatible with human free will.
Bible References :
In Romans 8:28–30, Paul writes,
“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
Ephesians 1:3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Ephesians 1:3 is a summary of chapters 1, 2 and 3. It is kind of the thesis sentence. Paul begins with praise to God for these spiritual blessings. And Paul tells us where these blessings are – in the heavenly realms. These are not earthly treasures which moths and rust destroy and which thieves break in and steal; these are real, everlasting heavenly blessings.
Remember several years ago when clothes and appliances and tools all had the “Made in America” stickers on them? Supposedly, they were better made and more durable than foreign made products.
I suppose that could be debated, but Paul’s point here is that these blessings we have are stamped with a seal that says “Made in Heaven.” These will last.
Notice also the key term “In Christ.” We are blessed because we are in Christ. Let me share with you briefly some of what this term implies – because it affects how we understand the rest of the text. First, no one is “in Christ” who is not a believer. Only believers are “in Christ.”
Secondly, being in Christ is something that happens to us only when we place faith in Christ for eternal life. No one is in Christ before they are saved.
Being in Christ is what gives believers their blessings and privileges that the rest of the world does not have. Everything we have as Christians, we have because we are in Christ.
Verse 4 tells us the very first blessing we have in Christ. The first blessing is…
Our God-Given Task (Ephesians 1:4)
Ephesians 1:4. just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
[God] promised not from the power of our will but from His own predestination. For He promised what He Himself would do, not what men would do.
Because, although men do those good things which pertain to God’s worship, He Himself makes them do what He has commanded; it is not they that cause Him to do what He has promised.
Otherwise, the fulfillment of God’s promises would not be in the power of God, but in that of men”
The text in Luke 9 and 23 and I Peter 2 says he chose us in Him. The phrase “in Him” tells us that this blessing of being chosen is something that we have in Christ. Christ is the first chosen person. Christ is the choice servant of God (cf. Luke 9:35; 23:35; 1 Peter 2:4, 6).
Most people teach that election and the choice of God have to do with God deciding which unsaved sinners He wants for Himself.
But right away, we see problems with this, for Christ is the first chosen one, and He was not an unsaved sinner. Whether or not it is true that God chooses to save some unsaved sinners, we see already that, at least with Jesus, the choice or election of God is not always of unsaved sinners to salvation. God’s first choice was Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:4 shows us furthermore that when God chose Christ, He also chose us. Whom does the “us” refer to? From Ephesians 1:1-2, they refer to Paul and the believers to whom he was writing.
In verse 3 the word “us” refers to those who are blessed in the heavenly realms. In verses 6, 7 and 8, “us” refers to those who have received the riches of God’s grace.
As you consider how God has known and predestinated your calling, how should you react and live in your role as a client advocate?
PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, YWHW, it is written that you have known and predestinated me, You alone have called and chosen me for this role as a client advocate in this ministry.
Therefore, I declare and decree that I will follow Your calling, trust Your gifting and will walk according to your precepts and statutes that I might walk in goodness all the days of my life. (Deut. 5:29)