1 July 2000

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those thing which are most surely believed among us"-Luke 1:1 Among those things most surely believed among us, we will find the doctrine of predestination listed among the beautiful doctrines of God's grace. C.H. Spurgeon once said, "I question whether we have preached the whole counsel of God, unless predestination with all its solemnity and sureness be continually declared." The biblical words, "predestinate" and "predestinated" are translated from the Greek word proorizo which means: "to predetermine or declare before" Surely, God is able to do that. If God were not able to orchestrate the affairs of men and angels, how could He bless men to prophesy future events before they came to pass; and how could Christ have fulfilled the many messianic prophesies concerning Himself? Men will allow the almanac to predict the proper season to plant their potatoes; look at the Zodiac as a sign for their mate; call upon the gazers of crystal balls to tell them their future and deny the authority that God has to orchestrate the eternal destination of His people. PEOPLE ARE PREDESTINATED When the Bible speaks of predestination, it does not declare that God predetermines every thought, every motion, every event or every action. Romans 29 declares, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son". Whom speaks of people, not events. Though God can predetermine events, and has orchestrated the affairs of men, the doctrine of predestination concerns the eternal destiny of God's people. God did not predetermine these people to think a particular thought, walk a particular walk, or do any particular thing. He predetermined for them to live with Him in glory and brought it to pass by the atonement of Christ upon the cross. People are predestinated, not their actions! PREDESTINATION COMPLIMENTS ELECTION The doctrine of predestination compliments the doctrine of election. In Ephesians, chapter one, after stating that we are "Chosen in him before the foundation of the world", Paul writes, "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will"- Ephesians 1:5. God literally adopted His chosen people from the fallen family of Adam and placed them into the redeemed family of Christ. That was predestinated or predetermined before the fall. Predestination compliments election because in the typical adoption process it is the adopter that makes the choice, not the adopted. As with most adoptions, the adopted party is completely passive in the arrangement. The adopted party did not choose the parent, the parent chose the child and many times that is all arranged before the child is born into the world. That is why Paul could write, "according to the good pleasure of his will", not the will of the one adopted. Predestination also agrees with election concerning our inheritance: "In whom we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will"-Ephesians 1:11. If you have inherited something, someone chose you to receive it. It is the sovereign right of the one who possesses the assets to bequeath it to whom they will. It is not the norm for a king to leave his ransom to a stranger. Nor for parents to leave their inheritance to people that they do not love or respect. Almost every inheritance is left to children, flesh and blood offspring, who are loved and cherished. Such is the inheritance of the Saints. The will has been made; the testator has died; their heirs of grace, the elect, shall receive Christ and all of His riches. Satan and all of his host can never change one jot or title of the inheritance because it is predestinated of God. Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, in Donaldson, where God is sovereign, and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Visit our web page at www.primitivebaptist.org/donaldson/ Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00. By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor