3 reasons to believe in predestination

True believers take a rap from some skeptics and non-believers at times. Our critics claim if predestination is true, we’re just puppets doing what God has made up His mind we’re going to do.

We have three good reasons to believe that predestination is a vital part of God’s plan.

First– we can believe it because God said it. Since God is absolute Truth and what He says is true it has to BE true.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11.

God didn’t plan everything we would be and do. In His loving kindness He gave us free will in the Garden. He knows every choice we ever make, but He doesn’t make our choices for us.

Second–God is in control of everything. He loves us enough, however, to allow us to make stupid choices and flee from him in disobedience. Yet, all He can do is love us because He is love. That’s all He can do. Everything we do–make horrible choices, stray from Him, sin repeatedly, disavow Him like Peter, he will use to fulfill His purpose for us, and bring Him glory.

And we know that God works all things for the good of those who love him, who have been called [that’s us] according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Third–He created us IN HIM before the foundations of the earth.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. From Psalm 139

Think about this: Because He predestined us, we are His heirs. We are His beloved children, recipients of His grace and His mercy and His everlasting life, and His forgiveness, and His love, and His peace, and His endless blessings in Christ.

That alone is reason enough for me to believe in predestinaton.

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God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

7 thoughts on “3 reasons to believe in predestination

  1. I grew up in several churches as my Mother was an organist that floated from church to church. All the major protestant churches mention predestination at one point or other. The Baptists (Southern ones anyway that i know of) speak of it at least once a year. Free Will Baptists never speak of it.
    I have one tiny problem believing in predestination. If you look at the definition: “the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation”…why are only SOME destined for salvation? Why not everyone? take the concept of free will out of the equation (since free will concept was added in the third century) and it seems completely arbitrary. So, no…regardless of what Paul said, i don’t buy it.

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    • Dearest, friend for all time, dingbat Suze,
      You say you’ve read the Bible in Greek and Latin and Hebrew and Pig Latin and Hip Hop and tell me biblical scholars, or right wing fanatics changed the original language to suit their personal preferences to reflect (not truth but) what THEY wanted the Bible to say. Here’s my problem with that: How do you know that really happened? What’s your proof? We both know the Bible has undergone a number of translations and the language varies some with every iteration. For instance, the NIV claims we have two natures, a righteous nature and a sin nature. I believe, however, other versions are more accurate and agree with what Paul taught, that our sin nature died with Christ on the cross and we received a new righteous nature, our new self, when we accept Christ as Savior–2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20–. Regardless of which version we believe, or which right-wing radical conservative scribes or Biblical writers we believe, the Bible is God’s story of His love for and redemption of man (and women).

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  2. My understanding of predestination is filled with optimism and inclusiveness. Briefly…all who receive Christ as Savior and Lord are predestined to the blessings of God’s eternal plan.

    While I am definitely in the minority (Calvin vs. Arminius), my intellect and heart cannot accept a God who somehow creates an existence where people live as puppets of uncertainty and despair. Strict salvation predestination is fraught with all kinds of problems and does not and cannot arrive at a point of “knowing” and having the certainty of eternal union with Christ in this life.

    Without the capacity and desire to enter an extended dialogue about this, I will say that I reject not only the traditional doctrine of predestination, but also a God of salvation predestination and have no desire to spend eternity with such a one that judiciously condemns multitudes to hell through no choice of their own.

    Friend,

    Wes

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    • My personal belief is that a very simple subject has been blown way out of proportion and has been made complicated by the ignorance of man.

      Without going into a lot of theological hoo-hah, the Bible makes it clear that God is not slack concerning His promises but desires for ALL to be saved (2 Peter 3:9). The Bible also makes it clear that preachers are needed. Why? Because, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14)

      If some were predestined for salvation and some for hell, why preach at all? It does not make sense.

      Therefore, predestination is simply God loving the world so much that He sent His Son to not only die for the world but to teach us how to live holy, righteous, and Godly lives (Titus 2:11-12). Our Heavenly Father is constantly drawing all man by His Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, not all want to be caught. It is our decision whether to accept or reject this free will gift of salvation. Those who accept, He has foreordained…or determined before hand… to be called Son’s and Daughter’s. It really is that simple.

      I know this to be the truth because I have heard too many say, “I know that what you say is correct, but I’m not ready to give up my life style. I’m having too much fun…” Evidently God is drawing them but they are running.

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  3. There for a minute I thought; you were going Presbyterian on me. We of the Reformed Church of America also adhere to the principles of predestination. It was paramount in the teaching of John Calvin. But most protestant churches dance around this subject, if, indeedl they even address it at all. I believe you struck it “spot-on” when you said that God predestines our futurre, but He tempers it by allowing us the free wiii to accept or reject His choices He made for us in lthis life. Theological as well as philosophical answers are complicated and sometimes seem to be paradoxical with one another.

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    • Thanks, Ronn. Since you mentioned it, I can’t remember the last time I heard predestination addressed in either a Methodist or Baptist church. It is, as you say, something lots of churches dance around. Thanks again.

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