6708 predestination

6708 predestination

God’s foreordination of all events and circumstances for the good of his people and the glory of his name.

Predestination depends on God’s sovereignty

He is the Creator of all things Jer 32:17-19 See also Ge 1:1; Job 38:1-4; Isa 44:24-28; Isa 45:12-13; Isa 48:12-14

He rules over nature and history Pr 16:4 See also Ge 18:10-14; Ps 67:4; Pr 16:9,33; Pr 21:1; Mt 8:23-27 pp Mk 4:35-41 pp Lk 8:22-25; Mt 10:29-30; Ac 17:26

His will is perfect Ge 18:25 See also Ex 33:19; Dt 32:4; Job 8:3; Ps 119:137; Da 4:37

God’s predestined purposes cannot be thwarted

Human beings cannot stand against his will Ro 9:19-21 See also Ps 2:1-4; Pr 19:21; Pr 21:30; Isa 14:24-27; Isa 46:10-12; Da 4:35

False gods are impotent before him Ps 115:3-8 See also Isa 44:8-20; Isa 45:20; Isa 48:14

He brings good out of evil Ge 50:20 See also Ge 15:13-16; Ge 45:4-8

Predestination undergirds biblical prophecy

It explains the prophets’confidence 1Ki 22:17-28 See also 1Pe 1:10-12

It is demonstrated in the fulfilment of prophecy 1Ki 22:29-38 See also Mt 1:22; Mt 2:15,23; Mt 4:14; Mt 8:17; Mt 12:17-19; Ac 2:17-25; Ac 3:22-25; Ac 13:27-30; Ac 15:15-18

The life and ministry of Jesus Christ was predestined

In that it was predicted by the prophets Isa 9:6-7 See also Isa 11:1-10; Isa 52:13-53:12; Jer 23:5-6; Ac 3:18; Gal 4:4-5

In his sufferings and death Ac 2:23 See also Mt 16:21; Lk 18:31-32; Lk 22:22; Lk 24:25-27,44-45; Jn 13:1; Ac 4:27-30

In the outcome it achieved Ge 3:15

God’s purpose in predestination is to bless his people

In the path their lives follow Ro 8:28 See also Ps 139:14-16; Jer 29:11; Mt 10:29-31 pp Lk 12:6-7

In their salvation Ro 8:29-30 See also Ge 12:1-3; Mt 11:25-27; Mk 4:11; Jn 6:37-44; Ac 13:48; 1Th 5:9

In their assurance of salvation Ro 8:31-39 See also Jn 10:27-29; Jn 17:2; Eph 1:3-14 Predestination is basic to Christian certainty.

Regarding final perseverance Php 1:6 See also Ps 138:8; Jn 6:37-40; Php 2:12-13; Jas 5:11

Regarding God’s call to righteousness Eph 2:10 See also Jer 1:4-5; Ac 22:10; Gal 1:15-17

Regarding future inheritance Jn 14:2-3 See also Mt 25:34; Ro 8:30

God predestines judgment

Isa 65:11-12 See also Ge 6:17 the flood; Ex 7:13; Ex 9:13-18; Jos 11:20; 2Ki 19:25-26; Isa 14:24-27 judgment on Assyria; Isa 19:12-14; Isa 23:9 judgment on Tyre; Jer 49:20; Jer 50:45 judgment on Babylon; 1Pe 2:6-8; Isa 8:14-15

Predestination does not set aside human responsibility

Php 2:12-13 See also Jn 6:37,40; Ac 13:48

See also

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1130God, sovereignty
1175God, will of
1412foreknowledge
1427prophecy
6638election
7125elect, the
8104assurance