I initiated this. I can say that to any employee. But even more, if we do not know these doctrines of grace, our vision of God will be small and disfigured. The plan of redemption was never conceived to include the saving power of human self-determination. He is author of. (This is the only other place in the NT where the word summorphous occurs besides Romans 8:29.). Does it mean God looked ahead through time and knew in advance who would believe in Christ and thus predestined them to be conformed to the image of Jesus? "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God..." that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. 2.2.3. You are chosen to a particular work, to a ministry, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you are saved. It overcomes discouragement and depression and irritablity and anxiety and suicide. . . to keep the way of the Lord . “This spake he of Judas.” So, Judas had been chosen by Christ to be a disciple, and to serve Him, and so forth. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren; and whom he predestined, these he also called; and whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified. Man could not force himself upon God. Tom: Well, Dave, you know, one of the things I’ve learned from this book here that you’ve finished and hopefully will be out by the time this program airs (it’s called What Love is This? And even within our church, worship suffers the bain of triviality when we do not know and love the God who elects and predestines and calls and justifies and glorifies. He could deliver us from His judgment without blessing us to be joint heirs with Christ, so the things that - the blessings that God marked out beforehand, that is what He predestinated us to, or elected us to, or chose us to. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. I offered you the job, but you still had to accept it.". In the freedom of HOPE we will love one another and will shine like lights in a dark world. Only God could do this, but there is still something - we have to accept it: the gospel says eternal life is a gift. You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. But not all are predestined to be conformed to his Son. I don’t know whether I was more shocked by what he said he believed or by how convinced he was about his beliefs. So Romans 8, “Whom he foreknew he predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son...." So the ones that He knew, He marked out beforehand a blessing, "elect according to the foreknowledge...", Tom: Well that’s the next one: "Election.". The aim of predestination for Christ's glory. Copyright © The Berean Call 2016. And the list of reasons why this study is important could go on and on. We did! Send us a message to add or change your paper mail address. And those he predestined, he also called; those he … If we can be sure in our deepest heart of hearts that this promise is true, then we will be the freest of all people. Predestination, or election, is unto a blessing, unto something that God has marked out ahead of time for those that He knew would respond to the gospel. It conquers lust and greed and vain ambition, because these are just short term substitutes for people who have lost hope in something really great and beautiful and satisfying in their lives. And when our vision of God is small and distorted, the attempt to see all of life in relation to God is frustrated—and we retreat with our little God into a religious subculture instead of confronting the cultural and intellectual life of our day and laying claim to all truth as the territory of the majestic God. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Conclusion: "Whom he foreknew, he also predestined" means that God's appointment of the destiny of his people is based on his prior election, and this election is not based on any foreseen faith that we could produce by some power of self-determination.