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What is predestination

What is predestination

The word “predestination” as used by the early Reformers was the combination of God’s decrees of foreordination, election, predestination, and providence. They did in fact see all God’s dealings with humankind in the matter of salvation as arising out of God’s providence

Foreordination. Before God created anything, God omnisciently understood all the possible freely made choices that might be made by every person, and all the consequences of those freely made choices. In his decree of foreordination, God chose (agreeable to God’s purpose in creating) to make certain possible freely made choices actual. All our freely made choices are certain, because foreordained, but not necessary (not fate), because they are our freely made choices.
Election. God, again before God created anything, effectuated Adam’s freely made choice to disobey, and the consequence of Adam’s decision is God saw all humankind as sinners, and that all their freely made choices were to reject God and his salvation. Then, again before God created anything, God chose to give some sinners his gift of grace-faith-salvation (Eph 2:8) thereby effectuating their faith in God and God’s testimony unto their salvation. That choice by God to give some his gift of grace-faith-salvation (Eph 2:8) is election. Toward those sinners not chosen by God to receive God’s gift, God took no action to effect or deny their salvation.
Predestination. Then, again before God created anything, God decreed to conform those who believed unto their salvation to be like Christ according to certain aspects of Christ’s spiritual character and physical form (Rom. 8:29–30; 1 John 3:2), and to place the believer in the legal position of God’s son and heir (Eph. 1:5, 11), so that the believer has an inheritance from God and is God’s heritage. That is predestination.

Providence. God’s providence is God’s unceasing works by which he maintains and preserves the universe and all his creatures, and governs its operations and their actions, so as to accomplish his plans and eternal purpose.

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