God Foreknew
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God Predestined

        Many believe and say that because God has predestined our life, for this reason we have no choice because our judgment has been predestined. Saying also that it makes no difference what we do, because God choose our destiny before we were even born. This is neither true nor is this what the Bible teaches. In truth what the Bible tells us is that God has great love for his creation, indeed the book of Genesis says when God had finished creation He said it was all "very good."

        To begin understanding what the Bible has truly said about predestination, it is important to understand Gods love and desire for us in 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Here we are told that it is not Gods will that anyone perish, but that everyone find salvation through Christ, who said in Luke 5:32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

        The Bible is clear that God neither tempt's us nor does He punish the innocent. Then it should be clear that God does not (use evil) for good purpose. It is true God sent an evil spirit between a people and their King, but this was (allowed) to happen because of the evil in which both were already involved. In truth God neither created evil, nor does God use evil, what the Bible teaches is that God allows those bringing evil upon themselves to experience their evil ways. His purpose then in allowing evil for a time was that those involved might learn from their ways, and experiencing their evil ways might bring repentance and turn them to Gods good purpose.

        With this in mind, read again what God says in Rom 8:29 "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." Now read this again and note that first God ‘foreknew', meaning God saw our entire life. Next God predestined, meaning that after God had seen what we would do, he empowers or predestines it be done. Some believe in random or chaos theories such as evolution, taking the leap in faith that life progresses or advances always forward, the only intelligent design seen in this chaos being their own intellect. One theory in this progression, is that at out own extinction, insects will be the the next dominant species.

        Creation however belongs to and is ordered by God, and in life everything we may will or do in the flesh, if it is to happen God must empower that it be done. With this understood, it is also true God has provided a path to righteousness, God will also empower and predestine should we choose this path. Yes there is sin that leads to death, and sin that does not lead to death, but it remains that all sin is sin. Whether we follow the path of sin that leads to death, or the path of righteousness and eternal life through our Lord and Savior, God who is the creator will empower and predestine that it be done.

        For the answer as to why some will perish despite Gods willingness that none should perish, we need move our attention away from God, and place our attention on ourselves. Regarding ourselves, God beseeches and warns us of our weakness and the sin that has entered into the world and which leads to death, as in Matt 26:41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." God also wows us with his love, with promises as in 1 Cor 2:10 "However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him - but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit." Then it is not God who tempts us to do evil, but the deceiver who tempts us out of the will of God into our own sinful nature and ways. In this we cannot even say the Devil made us do evil, but we ourselves being led astray who choose to do evil.

        Gods promises and riches through salvation are freely given, yet a gift we do not receive but in fact reject, is then an absence due to our own action and not of God. But how could anyone reject salvation, the grace God freely gives, this is the action of man and not God as answered in 1 Peter 2:8 "They stumble because they disobey the message-which is also what they were destined for." God also guides and empowers those who listen and are obedient, as described in Rom 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This is Gods will and work in all who are obedient, 1 Tim 2:3-4 "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."

        Then it is understood that it is not God who leads us into sin and death, but we ourselves if we reject the grace and salvation freely offered out of Gods love. God often touches our hearts as in Titus 3:3-5 "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy."<

        God looks into the hearts of men, at the true motives of those he has created. It is not God who tempts nor leads man into sin and death, it is man himself who is deceived into turning away from the good counsel of God into sin and death. It is not Gods purpose that any man should perish, then it is man himself who is responsible for what is predestined, and God who empowers this choice with predestination. When enough life has been experienced, it will become obvious there are some who consciously abhor and reject the love of God. What goes through such a mind, I am not sure I even want to know.


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