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Romans 8:28  - 30
     And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
     For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
     Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

    Did anyone ever ask you if you believe in predestination?  I do.  I believe that God's Word declares that God predestinates.  But we need to consider closely what the Word of God says about predestination.  First of all lets define our terms.

Predestinate - from the Greek word "proorizo".  "Pro" means "before".   "horizo" means to appoint a decree or boundary.  We get our English word "horizon" from this Greek word.  Proorizo means "to appoint a decree beforehand."

Foreknow - from the Greek word "proginosko".  "Pro" means "before".  "ginosko" means to know by experienceProginosko means "to know ahead of time."

Romans 8:29
     For whom he did foreknow [proginosko], he also did predestinate [proorizo] to be conformed to the image of his Son
Moreover whom he did predestinate [proorizo], them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

     It is important to understand that God's foreknowledge comes first.  Those that God knew ahead of time would believe, he predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son.  Now.  What did the person do and what did God do? 

     The person believed God's Word.  God foreknew this.  God (in His foreknowledge) saw that Joe Believer was going to believe His Word.  God did not make Joe believe.  God simply knew ahead of time that Joe was going to choose to believe.

     God predestinated that He (GOD) would conform Joe to the image of his Son.  God appointed a decree ahead of time that Joe would receive holy spirit when he believed.  God did NOT decide ahead of time what Joe would do!  God decided ahead of time what GOD would do!  What else did God predestinate?  He predestinated that He (GOD) would call Joe.  He predestinated that He (GOD) would justify Joe.  He predestinated that He (GOD) would glorify Joe.  All of the predestination are things that God decreed ahead of time that HE would do.  God never controls.  God never decides what YOU will do.  God only predestinates what HE will do when you believe.

Acts 2:22 
     Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
     Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge
[proginosko] of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

     God knew ahead of time that Jesus would be taken, crucified, and slain by Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and the people of Israel.  

Acts 4:26 - 28
     The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
     For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
     For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before
[proorizo] to be done.

     God set a decree back in Genesis 3:15 that a man would need to redeem mankind.  That man would have to be rejected of men, crucified and killed.   God decided what HE required for man to be redeemed.   God predestinated the standard for redemption.

    God in His foreknowledge knew when these things would come to pass.  God did not control Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and people of Israel present at Jesus Christ's trials and make them crucify Jesus.  God did not control Jesus and make him go through it.  God set the decree that the Christ had to suffer these things to redeem mankind.  Jesus could have chosen to walk out of the situation at any time:

Matthew 26:53-54 
     Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
     But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

     Jesus Christ believed God's Word and carried out the task of his own free will.

1 Corinthians 2:7 
     But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before
[proorizo] the world unto our glory:

     God appointed a decree ahead of time that ALL (Jews and Gentiles) who believed would receive holy spirit.  This wisdom God kept secret from the world until He revealed it to the Apostle Paul.  God predestinated a mystery.  HE decided that HE would keep this knowledge secret.  God decided when HE would reveal it.  Once again God decided what HE would do, not what we would do.

1 Peter 1:2
     Elect according to the foreknowledge
[proginosko] of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you and peace, be multiplied.

     God saw (in His foreknowledge) that we would be obedient to the "sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ."  God knew that we would believe.

Ephesians 1:3-11
     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
     According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
     Having predestinated
[proorizo] us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
     To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
     In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
     Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
     Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
     That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
     In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
[proorizo] according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

     God appointed a decree before the foundation of the world that those who believed would receive sonship, be blessed with all spiritual blessings, be chosen of Him, be holy and without blame before him, receive redemption through the blood of Christ, receive forgiveness of sins, receive the wisdom of God, have the great mystery revealed to them, be gathered together in Christ in the fulness of time, and receive an inheritance.

     ALL these things GOD decided that HE would do for those who believed.  God never decided who would believe.  But God made a lot of decisions about what HE would do when a person believed.  That is predestination according to God's Word!

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