Predestination is a topic that consistently brings contention amongst believers. It is a doctrine which is directly mentioned in scripture. Predestination happened before the beginning of time. The major contention is WHO/WHAT was predestined. And the answer to that will determine a believers outlook towards their salvation. So it’s an important teaching to grasp and understand. This is a summary of my understanding on the topic.
Main Texts: Romans 8:28-30 Ephesians 1: 3-14
There are Two Main Views
1. God in his foreknowledge of all events guides those who are destined for salvation
2. God has from the beginning determined who will be saved and who will not.
The main theme of this topic is understanding God’s Sovereignity vs Human Responsibility.
God is sovereign! He can do anything he wants when he wants. He can save anyone he wants. God can save us without us doing anything. We did not deserve to be saved. But God by his good pleasure wants everyone to be saved. His will is that all are saved. He has put in place a plan so that we are saved. God calls all people to be saved. God also works all things for the good of those who believe in him
Through out the New Testament we have seen several verses which show us that in God’s plan for salvation man has a responsibility to play. Man cannot be saved unless he diligently fulfils his responsibility. Man has to first hear the call for salvation. He has to accept that call and then obey with works. We see salvation likened to a race, you have to practice, then be at the race tracks, you have to run, and run in your lane, and only those who finish the race will receive the prize.
So God did not make us like robots, he gave us the gift of freewill so that we can chose salvation for ourselves. Some chose the way of the world and are lost.
Other Texts on Predestination
These are the other places where we find the word ‘predestination
‘1. Acts 4:28
2. 1 Corinthians 2:7
Who is Predestined
– Those who have obeyed God’s word.
– Those who have believed Gods plan
– They will be known as the called out
– They will be called the chosen. These are only chosen when they are IN CHRIST, that is after being baptised.
Does this mean once one is in christ he cannot lose his salvation? No he must remain faithful to the end to receive the crown of life.
What is Predestined?
The plan of Salvation.
– The destination is already set – Heaven
– The vehicle to take you there is set – The church
– The way to enter is set – Through Christ only
Predestination = God has a predetermined a plan for all those who have believed in his word to be saved. It does not mean that God has already selected those who will be saved. Each person has the freewill to accept God’s call for salvation and those that accept it will be saved if they remain faithful to the end.
There are many questions that can come up under predestination of which we can only speculate the answers as the God has not revealed this through his word.
This is a work in progress of my understanding thus far and will update it as I learn more and get more insight. I am happy to take questions and insights into this topic.