This is a word that I have always shied away from and avoided like the plague because it is one that is so complex and confusing. It is such a hard concept to wrap your head around that the Lord would choose some people to save and others to damn to hell, all the while glorifying Himself in both. Now, I know that there is some things in the Word that we will never fully understand and that is the way the Lord intended. Though we do not fully understand all of His teaching we are still called to listen and trust in it’s entirety as truth. So, I know that even if I don’t grasp and understand every part I will still accept it as the truth, not blindly but knowingly. So, having said that I want to look at a few verses that verify that predestination is indeed biblical.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.“
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
“This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said: ‘About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.’ And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ As it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.‘ So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
You will say to me then, ‘Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?’ But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?“
That last one is the one that really does it for me. I mean, even in the scriptures people are questioning this concept and I love how it says will the molded say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this?” That speaks such volumes to me and it humbles me to not think so much of myself and feel like I must know and understand it all to believe. I don’t want to be like Thomas who demanded to see Jesus’ wounds to believe He had really risen from the grave. I want to believe upon the Word and trust in it’s truth not demanding for proof, but I do want to constantly be asking questions and searching His Word for answers.
Please stick with me in this 2 (or 3) part series on tackling predestination. Also I just want to say that I don’t know everything and I am also learning along with you so please bare with me as we work through this together.
Your sister in Christ,