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Predestination



Predestination assures us that those chosen of God will attain heaven. It is a function of God's love for those who love Him. Predestination is God acting to accomplish his ultimate purposes and decrees. Since our redemption and salvation springs from within God, He cannot act in a fashion contrary to contrary to His Will and purpose. The love of God created our plan of salvation and it is God's love upon which we may draw to assure that the plan will be completed, that is, that each and every believer will be predestined to heaven.

The Greek word translated as "predestination" means to make a boundary around something. To accomplish His Purpose and Plan, God has marked a boundary around those chosen and elected to salvation. This boundary assures they will spend eternity in heaven with God. God Himself keeps and guards His children.

We are a sinful people. God has not imparted to us all of His knowledge. God saves people the way He wants, not the way we thing it should be. Salvation is truly an act of God's grace. No one is saved apart from the Will of God. No one is lost apart from the Will of God. But that Will functions by God's Decree and Plan.

This does not override human responsibility. In yet another unexplained mystery of the Bible, God's sovereign Will and our choices of free will and responsibility act together in perfect harmony.

John 6:37-40 37
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. 38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
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Predestination means

It should be noted with a very emphatic statement that the Bible does not teach that foreknowledge and predestination mean that God predetermined in eternity who should and should not be brought to salvation. Predestination is about the future of believers, not about who is to become a believer. Predestination is the divine consumption of faith and one's surrender to God.

 

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