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BIBLE STUDY - PREDESTINATION.
subject of pre-destination and eternal security is one of the most misunderstood
subjects in the Bible. Reason for that is that many people do not realize that
verses in the Bible are divided in-to two categories:
Direct reference - literal meaning.
In-direct reference - figurative meaning.
“Behold My hands and My feet, that it is Myself”. Luke 24:39.
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger”. John 6:35.
are people in fulltime ministry that believe and teach out of ignorance,
traditional and hereditary untruths. Some of them believe with heart and soul
that these stories are true. There are people always listening but never come to
the knowledge of the truth. God almighty is all-knowing He knows in advance who
will make it or not, He gave man his own choice.
are a few verses that are used in the wrong contexts by people believing in
false teaching of pre-destination means; That God has pre decided who will
be saved one day. People who believe, if their parents were believers they and
their descendants will obvious be saved.
is absolutely sovereign, and in His sovereignty gave man a free will to accept
or reject the salvation that He has provided. It is God's will that all would be
saved and that none should perish. God foreknows but does not predetermine any
man to be condemned. God permits man's destiny to depend upon man's choice"
Timothy 2:4 ‘tells us that God would have all men to be saved and come to the
knowledge of the truth.’ God does not predetermine who will believe and who
will not believe, but God predetermined what will happens to the believers and
to the unbelievers. God explains our salvation in this same way... that the
choice of our salvation is up to us, but He has predetermined the results of our
10:34; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; Romans 2:11; and 2 Chronicles 19:7 all
point out clearly that God is no respecter of persons and does not choose one to
be saved and one to be lost, but loves all alike. This is certainly clear in
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." We
are made pure and holy by sanctification of the Spirit. God chose those that
believe the truth to be sanctified by the Spirit. But He did not choose who
would believe the truth.
1:4, is addressed to those who have received Christ as their Saviour and says
that God predetermined all believers to be before Him, holy, and without blame.
Some believe that this verse is teaching God chooses
8:29, tells us more about God's foreknowledge, "For whom He did foreknow,
He also did predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might
be the firstborn among many brethren." Some take this out of its context
and say God chose some and made them to be conformed to the image of His Son,
can see the future perfectly. Perhaps this is because God is
"timeless," and therefore is actually living in the future as well as
in the present. If we could see
into the future and know exactly what things would take place, we could tell
people what would happen in the future... not that we would make these things
happen... but simply that we would know what will happen.
does not "decide" who will be saved. God does not "make"
anyone believe, even though He wants all to believe and be saved. But God, since He can see the
future, knows who will believe and who will not believe. Long before I was ever
born, God knew I would decide to trust Christ as my Saviour. But this
"foreknowledge" of His did not cause me to trust Christ as my Saviour.
Matthew 23:37, we find that Christ looked over Jerusalem and said that He would
have gathered them together many times, but the people would not receive Him.
God did not make these people reject Him. In fact, it is God who desires them to
accept Him. But it is the people who would not, by their own free will and
salvation comes through our own belief. The Bible is full of Scriptures that
point this out. Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth..." 1
Corinthians 1:21, "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom
knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that
believe." John 3:18, "He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but
he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believeth in the
Name of the only begotten Son of God." See also Habakkuk 2:4; Luke 7:50;
Matthew 15:28; Psalm 119:173; Jude, verses 10; 16-19; Psalm 119:30; Genesis
6:12; Isaiah 29:13; John 17:8; Hosea. 4:6; Isaiah 55:1.
Peter 3:9, says God is "not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance”. Luke 2:10, The angel told us that the good news
would be to all people, not to a limited number.
preachers teach that faith is a gift of God and that God would have to
"give" you the faith in order for you to believe. But God gives
everyone the ability to believe. Man may exercise this ability of faith in any
direction. Man can have faith in Buddha, Mohammed, or any cult or sect... and by
their same definition, this would be a God-given ability to believe in Buddha,
etc., as well as Christ. The faith we placed in the Lord Jesus Christ to save us
could have been placed in Mohammed. The choice was left up to us.
shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved" Romans 10:13. Praise
the Lord that our God is truly one of love, and who offers, "And ye shall
seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart"
Jeremiah 29:13; Psalm 107:9 says, "For He satisfies the longing soul, and
filleth the hungry soul with goodness."
There is no person who has ever lived on the face of the earth that the Holy Spirit of God hasn't worked with continually, showing the person the truths of God. Christ in John 16:8, says the Holy Spirit convicts every body of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. No one can stand before God and say he didn't have the opportunity to hear the truth. "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" Romans 1:20. "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to ALL MEN" Titus 2:11.
destination: There is nowhere a Scripture to be found that God has pre selected
people before their birth who will go to heaven one day. However it is true that
God is all knowing and does know before your birth if you will accept Him or
not. Because you have your own will He will never force you. John 1:12, ‘But
as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even
to them that believe on His name.’
Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.
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