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Ephesians 1:5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will. HCSB

Notice with me in this passage of Scripture, the word“predestined.” That word means, “to decide beforehand, to predetermine the outcome." Predestined is a word that bothers a lot of people, mainly because it so widely misunderstood. There are some who incorrectly teach that predestination means that God has predetermined who would be saved and who would be lost, and neither person has any say in the matter. Much harm has come from the teaching of this doctrinal error.

Now, I have no doubt, that God in His foreknowledge, knew before the foundation of the earth the names of every individual who would receive His offer of salvation through faith in Christ. But my friends, God’s Word is plain – He calls us to a place of repentance, but we each must make our own free-will choice to receive or reject His offer of grace. Furthermore, this incorrect and harmful misunderstanding of predestination makes a liar out of God’s Word, which emphatically declares in Romans 10:13 “…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

So, what is the correct understanding of this word? Predestined simply means that God planned before the foundation of the world that all who receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ would be adopted into God’s family as His children. Predestination is God’s eternal plan of taking lost sinners, saving them by His grace, bringing them into His family, and transforming them into the likeness of His Son.

My friend, God was at work long before you were even born to see to it that you would have an opportunity to hear the Gospel, repent of your sins, and embrace Jesus Christ for your salvation. That is indeed some very good news!

May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!

Floyd

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