The Real Gospel — Part 20
God only predestinates those who He foreknew would accept Him. He has never predestinated anyone to hell (2 Peter 3:9).
Those He knew would accept Him as Savior are predestinated to become just like Jesus (1 John 3:1-2).
As we renew our minds, this can happen to a degree in this life, but every true believer will be exactly like Jesus when we see Him.
Romans 8:29 says, “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.”
The word “foreknowledge” refers to God knowing who would accept His offer of salvation in advance of them actually doing it.
The Scriptures teach that we (believers) were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). That’s how infinite God’s ability is to know our choices in advance.
Understanding foreknowledge provides the foundation for understanding PREDESTINATION (Romans 8:29), CALLING (Romans 8:30), and ELECTION (1 Peter 1:2).
Romans 8:29 provides the key for unlocking the answer to the doctrine of predestination. PREDESTINATION IS DEPENDENT ON FOREKNOWLEDGE.
The word “predestinate” means to predetermine. “Predestinate” and its variant “predestinated” are only used four times in the New Testament (Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:5, and 11).
Some people have interpreted this doctrine as saying that God predetermines everything in people’s lives, including whether they will be saved or lost.
This interpretation is not consistent with other doctrines or examples in Scripture. This belief destroys people’s motivation to fight evil and do good.
If God predetermines everything that happens in people’s lives, then everything that happens to them is God’s will–EVEN SIN. THAT IS NOT TRUE.
This verse limits God’s predestination to only those whom He foreknew.
God gave all people free will, and God will not violate that free will except in judgment. Even in judgment, God is only enforcing the choices that people have already made of their own free will.
ALL PEOPLE HAVE A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT TO GO TO HELL IF THEY WANT TO.
Just as in Romans 8:28, God works everything together for good FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY LOVE HIM. And even then He does not take away their free will.
Romans 8:29 is simply continuing to develop the truth that God is for man and has predetermined that those who have come to Him for salvation will be saved to the uttermost.
Understood correctly, this verse provides great reassurance to believers that God is for them and working with them to bring them to the complete stature of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
In context, Romans 8:29 is stressing that we believers are predestined to be just like Jesus.
Romans 8:30 emphasises this point by saying:
“Moreover WHOM HE PREDESTINED, these HE ALSO CALLED; whom He called, these HE ALSO JUSTIFIED; and whom He justified, these HE ALSO GLORIFIED.”
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!
The Real Gospel — Part 20