Summary: I. Example: We are chosen for salvation. II. Explanation of predestination: Three things to keep in focus: 1. God’s perfect sight. 2. The power of God’s sovereignty. 3. The paradox of salvation. III. Example: We are chosen as God’s children.
9. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
*As human beings in this world, we are perpetually stuck in a moment of time.
-But God is not like us.
-He is bigger than time.
-In fact, God created time.
*And He sees the end from the beginning, so He foreknew who was going to be saved. We also see this truth in Romans 8:28-31, where Paul said:
28. We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
29. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
31. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
*When it comes to predestination, we need to focus on God’s perfect sight.
2. But also focus on the power of God’s sovereignty.
*This is the source of the argument between Arminianism and Calvinism: The issue of man’s free will vs. the sovereignty of God.
*If you believe that a saved person can lose their salvation, then you would be considered to be Arminian. Historically, most Baptists are Calvinists up to a point, and eternal security is one of those points. If you believe in the eternal security of the believer, then you would be considered to be a Calvinist.
*The strongest Calvinists basically believe in 5 points called TULIP for short:
T - The Total depravity of man.
U - Unconditional election.
L - Limited atonement
I - Irresistible grace
P - Perseverance of the saints
*T stands for the Total depravity of man.
-John Piper explains: “When we speak of man’s depravity we mean man’s natural condition apart from any grace exerted by God to restrain or transform man. . . Romans 14:23 says, ‘Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.’ -- This is a radical indictment of all natural ‘virtue’ that does not flow from a heart humbly relying on God’s grace. . .
*Our rebellion against God is total. Apart from the grace of God there is no delight in the holiness of God, and there is no glad submission to the sovereign authority of God.” Man is totally depraved. So our salvation is totally dependent on the grace and mercy of God. That’s the “T.” (1)
*The “U” is Unconditional election.
-Saved people are the elect or chosen ones of God. This is the word we found in 1 Peter 1, but the Apostle Paul used the same word.
*For example, in 2 Timothy 2:10, Paul said: “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” And Romans 8:33 says, “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.”
*One of the strongest passages on unconditional election is Romans 9:10-26. Here Paul says: