Summary: To clear up the misunderstanding of predestination.
THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION
My brothers and sisters one of the most misunderstood doctrines of the church is the Doctrine of Predestination. From time to time the subject will come up and most of the time it will come up from those who are new in the faith or by someone who have come with their own exegesis. But most of the time there is no clarity concerning this doctrine.
There are some outside of the church as well as within, that are of the opinion that predestination states that God before the foundation of the world, pre-ordained those who will be saved and those who will be cursed. They conclude that some unbelievers have no choice in their eternal damnation, while other who have been chosen will have eternal bliss. This my brothers and sisters are far from the truth.
First of all...
1. GOD KNEW US AND PURPOSED US BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (v.29)
“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren.”
The text says “For whom He did foreknow he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son,” What we see here in this text is that God with His infinite wisdom knew everyone of us before there was a generation of Harts. It’s like what the Lord said to Jeremiah in the first chapter of his book. He said in verse 5 “Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee;” My brothers and sister before we were a thought or a twinkle in our parents eyes the Lord knew us and had a purpose for us. So He foreknew us and our purpose was set before us. But we were born with also with free moral capabilities. Though we were foreknown and predestined we also had the right to chose to follow the purpose set before us or reject the purpose of God. This is where many misunderstand this great doctrine. God does not predestine us to eternal condemnation, we choose to go that way. I hope I’m clear on that point. In other words God knew us, all of us before creation because of His all knowing, then He gave us a purpose to live for and allowed us to make the choice.
Secondly, the text tells us that after we choose God’s purpose for us. . .
2. HE CALLED US, JUSTIFIED US AND GLORIFIED US (v.30)
“Moreover whom He predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.”
If you are a believer at this point shouting should be breaking out all over the building. First of all we see the predestined purpose to be conformed to His Son, then we see the Father calling or inviting us to be conformed in the image of His Son. After accepting the call, then He would justify us and those that are justified will be glorified. Here we see four things that God is giving in this text, the purpose, the invitation, the justification and the glorification. We can have all these if we choose the master plan of God. In today’s congregations, it appears that the only choice that has been made by many in the church, is the church building, the choir and the preacher. Now rightfully so people join churches by what they see, hear from others, family association and convenience. This is probably why many of you are here today, there is nothing wrong with that. But the damaging part is that if those things were the lure for you joining a church and you never chose or accepted the call of the Father and His purpose, you will just have a form of godliness and has denied the power thereof. So somewhere between the time that you joined the church and now, something wonderful should have happened to you. When my grandmother used to listen to the old gospel hour and we the children will be in the room, there was a program that used to come on and can still hear them singing “Something good is going to happen to you, this very hour, this very day. Something good is going to happen to you Jesus of Navereth is coming for you.”
Look what will happen if you chooses God’s Plan of Salvation for your life. You will accept His call (Whom He predestinate, them He also called:). You will be justified by the Father (and whom He called, them He also justified;). And you will also be glorified (And whom He justified, them He also glorified.) Note this when you are justified you are free from the guilt of sin. In other words no devil in hell can make you feel guilty for the wrong you’ve done in your life, and when you know, that you know, that you that you been justified by God, you will start to live like it, which allows you to be glorified by Him.