QOTW – What is predestination? Is predestination biblical?

QOTW – What is predestination? Is predestination biblical?

Answer: Romans 8:29-30 tells us, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,…

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/predestination.html

Devotional Thought for Today – 09/03/21

Romans 8

CONTEXT: We need to look back at Chapter 7 for a moment and note that Paul had ended that chapter v.14-25 speaking about the conflict he had between knowing what was right and doing what was right. In otherwards his sinfulness kept getting in the way of his striving to be Holy (more like Christ).

Paul then begins Chapter 8 with a profound statement v.1, Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. he spends the first 25 verse speaking about how we, true believers have escaped the bondage of sin.

Then beginning in v.26 until the end of the chapter, Paul explains why, because our Victory [over sin] is found not in ourselves but in Christ.

I want to point out a few things about the Victory in Jesus, from the bondage of sin to the fellowship with Christ:

It is only for those who are called according to his purpose.

God knew from time eternal, those folks, those whom He would call For whom he did foreknow

God had a predetermined plan for His chosen, he also did predestinate

God plan was for His chosen to be like Christ, made holy through Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary, to be conformed to the image of his Son

The important thing we all need to recognize immediately is our role in all of this, it is missing as it were. It is never about us and always about God. Yes, we must surrender all in the Order of Salvation, our conversion, when we willingly respond to the Holy Spirit pricking our hearts with the Gospel call. Yet that response is only because God calls, not because we desire Him on our own.

The last thing in the Chain above is Glorification the hope that drives true believers. The thing we get to look forward to in eternity that can never be achieved here in this, the ultimate and final removal of all sin from our lives.

Grace: Common and Effectual

Here is a post from an online friend that I hope you will enjoy. It explains two types of Grace in a very easy to understand way:

Posted by Todd Linn, PhD on August 5, 2021

 Theology Thursday’s post continues our systematic theological treatment of soteriology; the study of the doctrine of salvation.

Our post provides a general introduction to the concept of grace and then gives biblical support for both common grace (grace given to all people; grace like God’s good gifts of rain, sunshine, etc.) and effectual grace (grace given to some people; grace to enable them to believe in Christ).

So, without further ado, here is today’s SlideShare presentation:

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/26/2021

GOD ORDAINED

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ROMANS 8

Overview of Romans 8: The freedom of believers from condemnation. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. (10-17) Their hopeful prospects under tribulations. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. (26,27) Their interest in the love of God. (28-31) Their final triumph, through Christ. (32-39) – Matthew Henry

Often called the “more than conquerors” chapter in obvious reference to v.37, it is our main text v.30, shown above along with v.28-29 that contains the greatest of Biblical doctrine concerning God-Ordained Salvation.

In v.28, God says; them who are the called according to his purpose.

The called of God and of Jesus Christ; not to any office, or by the external ministry of the word only, but by special grace; from darkness to light, from bondage to liberty, from the company of sinful men to fellowship with Christ, from a trust in their own righteousness to a dependence on his, to grace here, and glory hereafter; which is done according to the purpose of God: the persons called are fixed upon by God; none are called but whom God purposed to call; those who are called can assign no other reason of it than the will of God; and no other reason but that can be given why others are not called; the time when, the place where, the means whereby persons are called, are all settled and determined by the will, and according to the purpose of God. – John Gill

In v.29 God says; For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son… In other words, God predetermined whom He will save to conform them to the image of Christ.

Our main text v.30 for today tells most of the story if you will, of how we get there. When it comes to Salvation most folks think it all about them, I gave my.., or I went forward and… The fact is this and many other bible verses make it clear that it is all about God and His amazing Grace and not at all about us. God Predestined, Called, Justified, and will eventually Glorify everyone of His Elect.

Below are some posts on the subject of Salvation and the actual order in which the Bible says we are saved. 


Visual Theology – The Order of Salvation

“Ordo Salutis” The Order of Salvation, Part I

Ordo Salutis The Order of Salvation Part II

Ordo Salutis The Order of Salvation Part III

Ordo Salutis The Order of Salvation Part IV

Ordo Salutis The Order of Salvation Part V

Ordo Salutis, the Order of Salvation; Part VI

Ordo Salutis – The Order of Salvation Part VII

Ordo Salutis – The Order of Salvation Part VIII

Ordo Salutis – The Order of Salvation – Part IX

What is the Ordo Salutis / order of salvation?

The Order of Salvation

The Ordo Salutis PDF by A A Hodge
 
The Ordo Salutis by Geerhardus Vos

What Does It Mean That God Chose Us?

What Does It Mean That God Chose Us before the Foundation of the World? (Ephesians 1)

Benjamin L. Merkle

What does it mean that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4a)? Why is this significant? What is God’s end goal in this?

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Lamb Who Was Slain

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 All the inhabitants of the earth will fall down and worship him, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who has been slain [as a willing sacrifice]. Revelation 13:8 (AMP)

Stuck in the middle of a discourse on the beasts that work for “The Antichrist” is this gem of a verse. It assures us that universal homage and worship of the beast will not happen, that a select few, a remnant of believers exist.

They are those whom God chose, His elect whose name was written since the foundation of the world in the Book of Life. This Book of Life is no ordinary book for it was purchased of the Lamb who has been slain, that is with the very Blood of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. 

Those who are not in the Book, well that has a different outcome. The Lamb’s Book of Life will be opened at the great white throne judgment, and those whose names are not found written ( those who rejected Christ, follow the beast etc.) they will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:12,15).

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary

“The limitation of the devil’s power and success, and that both as to time and persons. He is limited in point of time; his reign is to continue forty-and-two months (v. 5), suitable to the other prophetical characters of the reign of antichrist. He is also limited as to the persons and people that he shall entirely subject his will and power; it will be only those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. Christ had a chosen remnant, redeemed by his blood, recorded in his book, sealed by his Spirit; and though the devil and antichrist might overcome their bodily strength, and take away their natural life, they could never conquer their souls, nor prevail with them to forsake their Saviour and revolt to his enemies.”

Is the Holy Spirit pricking your heart? Have you put off repenting of your sins and making Christ Jesus, the Lord and Savior of your Eternal Soul? We know not the day when He will return and the Book will be open.

 

Children Through Christ

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Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us[b]for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Predestination remains very controversial today. Does God actually have a plan for everything? Does God predestine or predetermine everything about a persons life? The simple answer to the above questions and many more, is Yes. God is in control of all things, He is sovereign, the rule over all creation. If He is not why worship Him?

Today’s verse is one of many confirming that sovereignty and plan. lets look a little further at it. Verses 1-3 of Ephesians is Paul’s introduction to the church at Ephesus. The he says in verse 4, that God plan of redemption for mankind was predetermined.   In fact God, chose us in him {Christ Jesus} before the foundation of the world. God chooses those who will believe in Him, before creation began. Boom, brain exploding, how could anyone have that knowledge, they can’t only the sovereign God of the universe. He chooses them in Christ so that they may be be holy and blameless before him. There are two implication here; first the universal plan of redemption through Christ and secondly the individual plan for only the redeemed can live a holy and blameless life.

Verse 5 makes it clear, he predestined us[b]for adoption to himself. This is an emphatic or definitive statement. Who is it God predestined, who are the us? Again context, context, context; Paul under inspiration of the Holy Spirit is writing to the church (believers). The us is all redeemed believers. 

What is it He redeemed us to? Being called sons {of the most High God} through Jesus Christ. Our redemption through Christ is so we can be part of the family of God, His adopted children. 

There is no other way, as Paul writes this is all according to the purpose of his will. It is about God and Him alone not about us.

Here is a link to one of the parts in a series on the Order of Salvation, Ordo Salutis, a few years back the further explains this.

Extract from Hawker’s Poor Man’s Commentary

In those verses he begins with ascribing to God the Father, his personal acts of grace and love in choosing the Church in Christ, predestinating the persons of the Church to the adoption of children by Christ, and accepting the Church in Christ to the praise of the glory of his grace. And, as those three glorious acts of God the Father, are all said to be the result of his own good pleasure and will, so are they declared to be before the foundation of the world. As these sovereign acts of God the Father, though here compressed within a little compass, contain in their bosom immense designs, and are, indeed, the very charter of grace, I beg the Reader to pause over them a few moments, and consider each of them a little more particularly, as calling up the most awakened feelings of the soul, in love and praise.

The first which is spoken of is, that God hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Hence, it must undeniably follow, that when Christ, as Christ, that is, God and man in one Person, had, at the call of Jehovah, come up to the divine view, as the Head and Husband of his Church from everlasting. Psalms 110:4Hebrews 5:4-5Psalms 89:19. this help-meet for him was chosen in him. It was not good in Jehovah’s sight, that the God-man should be alone. Genesis 2:18. The Lord, therefore, chose the Church as a Bride for him, to be his companion, unto whom he might impart all communicable grace here, in the time-state of her nature, and all communicable glory, in the eternal state hereafter; and all to Christ’s glory, that He might be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.

And I beg the Reader to remark with me, the blessedness of what the Apostle saith, concerning this choice that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love. This is the first and original view God had of the Church when chosen, holy, and without blame in Christ. This is the first and last view God hath always of the Church in Christ. In Christ there can be no change. For, though in the after-state which took place at the fall in the Adam – transgression, the Church became polluted in herself and her fallen nature; yet, the time-state of sin cannot do away the Lord’s purposes of eternity. No sin in Adam can destroy the holiness in Christ. It is in Christ the Church is chosen, and in him chosen to be holy, and without blame before God in love. And by the undertaking which Christ hath accomplished in himself; and by his one offering of himself, once offered, he hath redeemed, his Church from all iniquity, and perfected forever them that are sanctified. And, as this was all along among the first designs of God, however last to be executed; so, the Church, when finally brought home by Christ, will still be found in Christ, holy and without blame, before God in love; and JESUS will present her to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but holy, and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27.

When the Reader hath duly pondered this unspeakable mercy, let him pass on to the second manifestation of God the Father’s love, which the Apostle hath recorded in this chapter, when he saith, having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Here is another distinguishing blessing hanging in one rich cluster of God’s love, upon the same divine branch. Predestination differs somewhat from choosing, because, while the former act of choosing determines the Person, the latter of predestinating appoints the means. And the determination here spoken of, to Sonship in Christ, makes the means everlastingly certain and sure. For, saith the same Apostle elsewhere, if children then heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:17. The beloved Apostle was so struck with the contemplation of this view, that, unable to contain himself, he cried out, Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God! 1 John 3:1.

And I beg the Reader yet further to observe, that this predestination to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ, is blessedly said to be to himself. But who shall explain the full extent of this meaning? To himself! Is it, (I humbly ask the question, but presume not to answer,) is it to Jehovah, in his threefold character of Person, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, as in reference to each and to all, similar to that mysterious, but soul-comforting truth, where it is said, God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself! 2 Corinthians 5:19. Or is it in a personal way, specially spoken, as by the Father? Reader! ponder the weighty words, for they are most blessed. To himself! Not to happiness only, simply in itself. Not to blessing’s only in time, or blessings in eternity. Not to all the creation of God, with all that an eternal world can furnish. Not to these, but to God himself. Oh! the wonderful grace contained in the expression: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will! Sweetly the LORD speaks on this ground in several Scriptures: This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. Isaiah 43:21. So again: Know that Jehovah hath set apart him that is godly for himself; Psalms 4:3. So once more: For Jehovah hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar pleasure. Psalms 135:4. Reader! I do but glance at those rich things. To unfold them to the full is impossible!

Predestination is Practical

Jeff Robinson | May 26, 2017

    In some churches, it is a word that conjures up images of an angry and capricious God who acts arbitrarily to save some, but consigns most sinners—including deceased infants—to eternal perdition. For many professing Christians, it is the mother-of-all-swear-words…

 Continued at Source: Predestination is Practical 

 

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 08 May

ATONEMENT

Our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have now received the atonement – Romans 5:11

We were reconciled to God through the death of his son – Romans 510 (R.V.)

The blood of Christ is the seal of the testament. – Henry Smith

The enmity between God and us began on our part, the peace which he hath made begins and ends with himself. – John Owen

Foregoing sins cannot be expiated by subsequent duties. Paying of new debts doth not quit the old ones. – Thomas Manton

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. Today topic THE OFFENSE OF CHRIST’S TEACHING

 

Some Errors Avoided by a Right Doctrine of Sanctification

| April 11, 2017

My sermon betrayed the gospel. I was young, a-theological, and gripped by legalism. That toxic mix led to a litany of don’ts with no hint of the power of the cross, standing with Christ, or certainty of the believer’s sanctification. Instead, it left the hearers with more stuff to do if they desired to be right with God but no hope in the gospel. Unfortunately, that was not the only time that my failure to understand sanctification blurted out in gospel-betraying sermons.

Continued at Source: Some Errors Avoided by a Right Doctrine of Sanctification

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