For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son….We hear the word “predestined” thrown around a great deal. The most difficult thing in understanding predestination is in understanding God.
God who is everywhere at the same time. How can you be everywhere at the same time, parents would like to know? God is all knowing. God knows everything, the past, the present and the future. God knows what we do, what we are thinking, everything.
Now, those abilities of God puts God in a unique position, to “predestine.”
It doesn’t mean that God selects or chooses everything for us. God simply knows what our choice will be. You and I make the choice, we choose, God merely knows what that choice will be before we are even born.
Think about it for one moment, John tells us in the Book of Revelation, “and the Book was open.” We refer to that Book as the “Lambs Book of Life.” All of the names of those who are saved are written in that Book. The names are already written! How can that be? Because God is God.
Never misunderstand words like “elect” or “chosen” for predestine. God chose the children of Israel to be evangelist to the world. They thought that it was exclusive. Any Church that becomes exclusive dies and is replaced by God. The use of the word “elect” is used to refer to God’s people, those who have accepted Him. Never let us forget that God first chose us. Jesus said, (John 15:16) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. According to the Scriptures election is not of works but of grace.
“It is a good thing that God chose me before I was born, because he surely would not have afterwards!” Election is God’s deciding who gets on the plane bound for heaven. Predestination is his charting the route the plane will take, the schedule, the accommodations both during and after the flight, and each passenger’s safety. With God as the pilot of the plane and the plane itself, all who board the plane make it to heaven. Predestination means God himself makes sure the elect actually board the plane. Their response of faith in Christ is like checking in at the gate with a boarding pass. The gospel call, in contrast, is like advertising for the trip. The church is commissioned to get the word to the whole world. Unfortunately most people treat God’s free offer as “junk mail” and throw it in the trash. However, those whom God has elected to salvation he also moves to accept his free offer. Many are called, but few are chosen. Yet all who are chosen are predestined to end up in heaven.
God knowing the future allows us a special friend. Sometimes God prepares us for what is to come our way. Sometimes things happen and we wonder, was that just for me – it was.
He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.