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                                 WHAT IS PREDESTINATION? 

Throughout the centuries men have taken up the pen to write on this very subject. The answer needs to be scriptural. The whole word of God must come into play. A good way to start is to have a fresh slate. The mind cannot be engraved upon by certain preconceived doctrines. If the doctrines we hold to are true then scripture will bear witness. If our teaching on Predestination does not hold true with the totality of scripture then as good Bereans we continue to try to unravel this Mystery.

I am convinced that we can understand what the Lord in scripture says we can understand. 

[Eph 1:7-12 KJV] 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Here the Lord opens to us the Mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which he purposes in Himself.vs.9. So we can know the things God has in His own counsel concerning his plans for us. In fact it is the Lord's will that we know. 

[Eph 1:17-23 KJV] 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 

In this spirit of being able to comprehend the Lord's will for us we seek truth. All past formulas, ideas, dogmas must be surrendered to the Lord. We seek to pull down Strongholds (mindsets) contrary to the whole of scripture. When a certain doctrinal mindset emerges that puts scripture within its perimeter it cannot be the word of God, but man's point of view. Scripture must be allowed to speak for itself and man to fit in God's perimeter. 2Peter 1:19-21  A good way to start is to look at the definition of Predestination: to predetermine, decide beforehand, in the NT of God decreeing from eternity, to foreordain, appoint beforehand. ( Blueletterbible.org.) 

There are basically 2 schools of thought on Predestination. Them of Calvin's persuasion would read it in a tight deterministic view of individuals being predestined.  Them of the Armenian perspective would view this as groups of people being predestined. Scripture uses the plural when speaking of who is predestined.  Eph.1:5;11 uses us; Rom.8:28-30 uses them; 2Thes.2:13 uses you (Thessalonians). 

When reading through the context of Ephesians chpts. 1-3 there are certain doctrines that would give the plurality view to be correct. For instance " having made known the Mystery of His will" and "being gathered in one all things in Christ." Also vs.1:22,23 the church, His Body. Then in Eph.2 we read that He made of Himself of two one new man. In Eph.3 Paul writes of this Mystery of Jew and Gentile in One Body. Please read Eph.1 replacing "us" and "we" with Jew and Gentile in one body.

[Eph 3:1-7 KJV] 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Rom.11; 16:25,26; 1Cor.2:6-10; Col.1:25-27; 2Tim.1:9-11 

Now let's look at this more closely. Though a group of people ( the one new man ) is predestined, Individuals within the group are saved.  At Pentecost we read thousands were saved at one setting as Peter preached. Acts2:41. However every individual had to repent in their own hearts and trust the Lord for their salvation. Therefore it is the Body of Christ, the One new Man that is predestined. As we believe the gospel every individual is Baptized into the Body of Christ.

[1Co 12:12-14 KJV] 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 

So we conclude that every individual must repent and believe, but it is the One New Man made up of many individual believers that is predestined.  Onward Christian soldiers. 


                         THE REVELATION OF THE ONE NEW MAN