The doctrine of predestination in the bible teaches that the preplanned will of God is established and unchangeable (Deut 8:3; Is 46:10; 55:11; Eph 1:11). The reality of predestination renders all of creation subject to a predetermined destiny designed by God before the foundation of the world (Eph 2:10; 2Tim 1:9). Both the Old and New Testament reveal this reality for those with eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to us (Matt 13:10-16). This reality is a hidden mystery and unable to be comprehended by all. The mystery of truth is held secret and available only to the children of God (1Cor 1:18; 2:7; 2Pet 2:12). Although all hear the message of truth, only the children of God have the ability to receive what they hear. Look at the following passage:
John 10:24-28 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, how long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25 JESUS ANSWERED THEM, I TOLD YOU, AND YE BELIEVED NOT: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
As we are continually shown in the bible, Jesus spoke the truth and demonstrated the works of God to many people, yet, we find out that some were not able to comprehend the message. Even more so, the people who could not comprehend the message of God and therefore could not recognize Jesus as the Christ of God, actually wanted to kill Him. You may not realize it, but this very example unveils a truth that God had revealed thousands of years before. Below, I have listed references in scripture that speak of the predestined reality of God. I must first warn you that the scriptures you are about to read may very well oppose what you currently know or believe to be true. However, per Paul’s communication:
2 Timothy 3:16 ALL SCRIPTURE is given BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
As we move forward, there may be some sacred cows or commonly held beliefs that you live by but are in need of correction. The following information starts with a word study from the Greek Origin. The Greek and transliterated version of the word is provided along with the definition. In some cases the same Greek word is translated differently in certain scripture references but it is the same word. Also, in order to dispel any confusion I have listed the Strong’s number beside the word to clarify. For example, the word PROGINOSKO is translated FOREKNEW in Romans 8:29, but FOREKNOWN in 1Peter 1:20. In both cases it is that same Greek word PROGINOSKO. Keep this in mind as we move forward.
Foreknew (PROGINOSKO 4267)
1. To have knowledge beforehand
2. To foreknow, of those God elected to salvation
3. To predestinate
Rom 8:29 For those He “FOREKNEW 4267,” He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the first born among many brethren.
Rom 11:2 God has not rejected His people whom He “FOREKNEW 4267.” Or do you not know what the scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
1Pet 1:20 For He was “FOREKNOWN 4267” before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.
If you look at number 2 for the above definition of PROGINOSKO translated FOREKNEW, it actually says that GOD ALREADY KNEW AND ELECTED THOSE FOR SALVATION. Romans 8:29 says that he predestined those he FOREKNEW 4267. What is this communicating to us? More importantly, if the scriptures are to be believed (2Tim 3:16), what is this verse communicating to us about the freewill doctrine many are taught from childhood?
The freewill doctrine I am referring to is the message that teaches that we must either choose Jesus as Lord or go to hell and experience eternal death. I must admit, as a kid my focus was not really on Jesus when I was taught this freewill message of condemnation (2Cor 3:9). Honestly speaking, I was focused on the not burning in hell for eternity part. In that regard, if I had been told you must believe in a goat in order to escape hell, out of fear, I would have said I believe in a goat. Once again, the key issue that I was most concerned with was the staying out of hell part. Notice, this message causes the person to be completely consumed in what THEY have to do to save themselves, rather than salvation being a complete work of God. Now, if you’re focusing on self, how can you look to Jesus as your savior? The simple answer is that you cannot follow after Christ if you are focused on self. So, once again, what is this scripture communicating to us? In Romans 8:29 we find that the scripture reveals that the freewill doctrine being taught by many today is error. When the child of God is living life based on a false supposition or what they suppose to be true but is actually error, the result is a lack of spiritual development. The result of the lack of spiritual development is not seeing God Almighty for who he really is and therefore not understanding our identity in Christ. Judging by the fact that this same freewill doctrine is the most prevalent teaching in the church, it means that we have a church full of babes and unlearned in the scriptures of truth (1Cor 3:1; Heb 5:12-14). Until the Father releases the anointing for deliverance, the child of God is held back in understanding by the power of sin (Acts 26:18). But like Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus, all the children of God will have their appointed time of revelation. I believe that we are at that time and that the truth of the Gospel will not only be preached by the anointing of God, but the ears that hear will be anointed to hear and receive. It all starts with the fundamentals which I believe to be the child of God’s understanding of their eternal salvation and how it was obtained (Heb 6:1, 2).
One of the most important truths that the child of God learns by the Spirit of God, is how their eternal salvation was secured. The following definition of the word predestined helps us to understand this truth. See the following:
Predestined (PROORIZO 4309)
1. To predetermine, decide beforehand
2. In NT of God decreeing from eternity
3. To foreordain, appoint beforehand
According to the definition above, take a minute to consider what predetermine and to decide beforehand means in regards to your salvation. Also, think about God decreeing something from eternity or before the world was formed in regards to your salvation and let that resonate within you. The idea that the word predetermined conveys to the child of God is life changing in regards to your understanding of eternal salvation. In the following scriptures we will see how God Almighty actually foreordained or appointed beforehand, or before the world was formed, your salvation. Furthermore, the fact that this work of salvation was done before your existence in the earth and therefore without your knowledge or consent, we can get a clearer picture of why the message of Christ is called the gospel of peace. It tells us that we were predestined according to God’s will unto salvation and not that of our own doing. This is important because when God declares a thing, not one word will return unto Him void (Is 55:11). In other words, if understood correctly, it is a guarantee of the child of God’s safety. See the following verses where the word predestined is used by the Spirit of God.
Acts 4:28 (NASB) For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose “PREDESTINED 4309” TO OCCUR.
In the above scriptures we see that although the cross of Christ looked as if it was a loss for the child of God, it was actually a predestined plan of God (Acts 4:28). Once again, think about this reality child of God. Although it looked as if the enemy was successful in his desire to destroy Christ, it was actually a prearranged design of God for Christ’s death on the cross as well as His resurrection. It is important that you understand this predestined reality as it pertains to the life of Jesus, the first born of all creation, because you will then be able to see how this reality pertains to you as well. In other words, once the child of God learns of his or her origin in Christ, we are then able to learn of our shared inheritance with Him. I will explain more of this mystery going forward, stay tuned. See the following:
Rom 8:29, 30 For those whom He FOREKNEW 4267, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He “PREDESTINED 4309” these He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Child of God, what I am about to uncover is a mystery held secret by God since before the foundation of the world (1Cor 2:7). This very same wisdom was predestined by God for you and I to learn by revelation during this appointed time period. This wisdom in some cases was never known by many of our ancestors before us (Eph 3:5). Paul revealed this mystery and it was also taught by the apostles during their time. However, although the message was preached and the mystery taught, according to the planned times and seasons of God the mystery has not been fully received by the church. Paul and others declared it during their time, but the full reception of this revelation to the body of Christ corporately I believe is upon us now. Think about what the angel revealed to Daniel, the prophet Daniel was told some things that were not to be revealed during his time but were going to be revealed in later generations (Dan 12:4). The fact that God has revealed this truth to me means that he has revealed this truth to other children of God in this world as well. This leads me to believe that the time for increased understanding in the child of God’s identity and inheritance is upon us. Let’s dig into Romans 8:29 to help uncover this great mystery.
Romans 8:29 says, for those whom He FOREKNEW 4267, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
You will notice that the word FOREKNEW (PROGINOSKO 4267) is used in this verse. Previously we found out that this word means: to have knowledge beforehand; to foreknow, of those God elected to salvation; to predestinate. So we could read it:
Rom 8:29 for those whom God predestinated unto salvation, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” conformed to the image of His Son, so that He (His Son) would be the first born of many brethren;
The next step is to look at what it says about those whom God foreknew/predestinated unto salvation:
He (God the Father) also PREDESTINED 4309 them CONFORMED 4832 to the image of His Son
Here it is child of God, the key to a changed life. As I mentioned previously, it is not that this message has not been declared beforehand, because it has. However, the revelation of the message preached I believe is now upon us by the time of the Father and the working of the Holy Ghost. I am merely communicating what was communicated to me by God. Just as God communicated the revelation of this mystery to me, it is He that will enlighten your heart as well. With that said, pay attention to the statement He also PREDESTINED them CONFORMED to the image of His Son. Now consider the word CONFORMED and what it means:
CONFORMED – SYMMORPHOS (G4832)
· having the same form as another, similar, conformed to
· jointly formed
At first glance, this word does not seem to add much, but when you understand being of joint form or having the same form as was a predestined design by God the Father, it takes on an entirely new meaning. What we are taught, is that we are to be CONFORMED to the image of Christ after the resurrection and after we choose Him as Lord. Can you see why this misinterprets what the scripture says? The verse tells us that we WERE PREDESTINED CONFORMED. In other words, when the first born of all creation was brought forth or formed, WE WERE JOINTLY FORMED WITHIN HIM. If you are still not able to see it lets add the other part of the verse:
Romans 8:29 for those whom He FOREKNEW 4267, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” CONFORMED 4832 to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
Can you see it? “So that He would be the firstborn of many brethren;” child of God, this is the in Christ revelation. This is what it means to be in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4). Jesus Christ is our origin, when He was formed, we were within Him. The freewill doctrine taught today is a message of orphans coming to God to be saved. The message of the gospel is a message of God’s children from the beginning realizing a salvation that has always been waiting for them by inheritance. With this in mind, now we can understand what Jesus meant when He spoke about the children that God had given Him (Heb 4:13). We can understand what Jesus meant when he said that we were out of this world (John 15:19). We are genuinely, from our origin in Christ before the foundation of the world, not of this world. One of the definitions of brethren used above is having the same national ancestor. In other words, we just as our Father Jesus the Firstborn of all creation, are of the lineage of God the Father, this is why we are called children of God. Do you remember what God told Jeremiah? Before you were in the womb I knew you (Jer 1:5). Also, now when you read Gen 1:26, when it says let us create man in our image and likeness we can understand the truth of this statement. The bible says Jesus is the image and the likeness of God the Father (Col 1:15; Heb 1:3). Now we find in Romans 8:29 that along with Christ, the child of God was jointly formed in the image of the Son. Think about it child of God, Jesus is the express image of the Father and we are the express image of Jesus. This is the mystery of our inheritance in Christ since before the foundation of this world. Can you see the reality of our inheritance? Remember, this is a PREDESTINED reality, therefore, this truth did not happen as a response to a confession for Jesus Christ. This reality was a planned salvation by right of our inheritance in Christ before the foundation of the world. As you mediate and study on this I pray that the Father would cause this truth to become clearer by the leading of the Spirit.
Now that we have uncovered the true identity of the child of God and our origin, we can dig into other verses that reveal our predestined reality.
Predetermined (HORIZO 3724)
1. To define, to mark out the boundaries or limits (of any place or thing), to determine, appoint that which has been determined according to appointment, to ordain
· For every place you see 3724, it is the word HORIZO translated PREDETERMINED. While reading the following scriptures especially Luke 22:22 you will notice that the word DETERMINED is used. This is the same HORIZO 3724 word that is defined as PREDETERMINED. Why is this important? It actually communicates to us what Jesus believed. See the next verse.
Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was “DETERMINED 3724”: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
Now read it inserting the word PREDETERMINED.
Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was “PREDETERMINED 3724”…
If Christ Himself walked a PREDETERMINED path, are we somehow greater and able to live by a different reality? Can we do something the creator of heaven and earth could not do (John 1:3; Eph 3:9)? Absolutely not! According to the will of God and His timing, we can understand what Jesus meant when he boldly declared “I can of mine own self do nothing (John 5:30).” This is in stark contrast to the message of choice for salvation whereby a declaration of freewill, you take hold of salvation according to your decision. As we explore more scripture, according to the Father’s will, I pray that the eyes of our hearts be enlightened to the truth of this message of Christ.
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the “DETERMINATE 3724 or PREDETERMINED” counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
In Acts 2:23 Peter said that Christ was delivered by the PREDETERMINED 3724 counsel and foreknowledge of God. This statement is actually a confirmation of what was spoken in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah 53:10 says that it pleased God to bruise Him and put Him to grief.
Acts 10:42 And He commanded us to preach unto people, and to testify that it is He which was “ORDAINED 3724 or PREDETERMINED” of God to be the Judge of the quick and the dead.
Once again, Acts 10:42 is saying that Jesus was PREDETERMINED of God…
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath “DETERMINED 3724 or PREDETERMINED” the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation:
Acts 17:31 Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath “ORDAINED 3724 or PREDETERMINED”; whereof He hath given assurance unto all, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.
Rom 1:4 And “PREDETERMINED 3724” to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Heb 4:7 Again, he “PREDETERMINED 3724” a certain day, saying in David, today, after so long a time; as it is said, today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.
In the mouth of two or three witnesses let the matter be established. Jesus, Peter, Paul, and the writer of Hebrews all witness about the same predetermined reality. See for the following for proof:
Foreknowledge (PROGNOSIS 4268)
1. Forethought, pre-arranged
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and “FOREKNOWLEDGE 4268” of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
1Pet 1:2 Elect according to the “FOREKNOWLEDGE 4268” of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Just as God Almighty had a plan for Jesus, He has predetermined our lives and thereby our eternal destinies. Once again, the scripture says that in the mouth of two or three witnesses let the word be established (Deut 19:15). See the following scriptures:
Is 46:10 (NIRV) BEFORE SOMETHING EVEN HAPPENS, I ANNOUNCE HOW IT WILL END. In fact, from times long ago I announced what was still to come. I say, ‘My plan will succeed. I will do anything I want to do.’
Ps 139:16 (NIRV) your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. YOU PLANNED HOW MANY DAYS I WOULD LIVE. YOU WROTE DOWN THE NUMBER OF THEM IN YOUR BOOK BEFORE I HAD LIVED THROUGH EVEN ONE OF THEM.
Jer 1:5 “BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN YOUR MOTHER’S BODY I CHOSE YOU. BEFORE YOU WERE BORN I SET YOU APART TO SERVE ME. I APPOINTED YOU TO BE A PROPHET TO THE NATIONS.”
Predestination teaches that God alone has predetermined either eternal salvation or damnation for each individual. The following passage in Romans includes writings from Moses, Malachi, Isaiah, and lastly Paul and all are in agreement. See following passage:
Rom 9:10-24 10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would [a]stand, not [b]because of works but [c]because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed [d]throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel [e]for honorable use and another [f]for common use? 22 [g]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience VESSELS OF WRATH PREPARED FOR DESTRUCTION? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.
In strict contrast to the message of predestination taught in scripture, the freewill doctrine claims that a person’s individual decision determines their ultimate destiny. Thus, the mantra, choose Jesus or go to hell. If that doctrine is true, then what about Jacob and Esau? Contrary to what was demonstrated with Jacob and Esau in the above passage, the freewill doctrine teaches that our destinies are changed by our own decision or works. Once again, in the above passage it actually reveals the opposite reality regarding Jacob and Esau as well as Pharaoh. The scripture clearly shows that Jacob and Esau’s destinies were set even while in their mother’s womb. See the following verse:
Rom 9:11-13 for though the twins were NOT YET BORN AND HAD NOT DONE ANYTHING GOOD OR BAD, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would [a]stand, not [b]because of works but [c]because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
Child of God remember this statement, THE CHOICE FOR SALVATION IS NOT A CONDITION OF OUR SALVATION BUT A RESULT OF IT. In explanation, if God according to scripture predetermined salvation for the child of God, then the resulting action will be a response to Christ by that child. In example, Jacob was chosen and Esau was not. So, after they were born and Jacob was blessed by God, could he ever receive the credit for the salvation he experienced? Notice, there is no room for boasting in this scenario, the child of God’s response to Christ is an unintelligible and instinctual response to the destiny already established within him or her from the womb. The child of God like a seed merely grows into his/her salvation, with all credit going to the creator of the seed (Matt 13:37, 38). Compare that to the assertion the freewill message teaches which puts the responsibility of salvation on man and thereby the credit for the decision. It is as foolish as giving a bird credit for its ability to fly or a fruit tree praise for bearing fruit. Notice, there are those in the world that do this type of idol worship, worshiping the creature rather than the Creator (Rom 1:25), but this is not the practice of the child of God. As long as the child of God is bound in the darkened reality of freewill for salvation, spiritual growth is impossible. The freewill doctrine actually teaches the worship of self, which is the basis of works for righteousness. If a person could actually rely on him or herself to acquire eternal salvation, it would actually make that person god. Why? Because, God Almighty is the only person who can claim this type of power to secure salvation. Can you see the deception involved in teaching this to the child of God? All of a sudden, the child of God is now in competition with God verses a child who is totally dependent on Him for their life. Can you see the confusion this creates in the mind of the Christian?
In summation, the predestined reality is highly apparent to those of us with ears to hear and eyes to see what the Spirit of the Lord is communicating. This is a hard saying for some, because, it means just as there are those born of God unto salvation, there are those among us who are born of the wicked one unto damnation. The topic of the difference of the children of God and of the devil will be taught in an up coming article.