Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
God’s plan handles man’s free will decisions.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Both election and predestination pertain to the sovereign will of God concerning believers.
Sovereignty means that God is supreme in rule, and has authority over all things. God can do whatever He desires, and nothing happens without His consent. (1 Sam 2:6-8)
Predestination and election are for believers only.
1 Ti 2:3-4, This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved [will of God for the unbeliever] and to come to the knowledge of the truth [will of God for the believer].
Predestination is the grace provision of the sovereignty of God for each believer in eternity past, providing everything needed to execute God’s will, plan, and purpose for the believer’s life.
Election is the expression of the sovereign will of God under the principle of equal privilege accomplished for the believer by God in eternity past, EPH 1:4.
Under election, God wills His highest and best for every believer.
The father’s statement that he wants the son to go to college is analogous to election.
The money in the bank is analogous to predestination.
The Bible NEVER states that God elects anyone to the Lake of Fire.
The concept is foreknowledge.
Proginosko is the Greek word which means “to know before hand.”
The foreknowledge of God does not make things happen; the foreknowledge of God merely perceives what is certain to occur.
Election, along with foreknowledge, predestination, justification, and glorification, all belong only to the believer.
a. God decreed in eternity past that every human being shall be a free person.
b. The results of manâ€™s decisions do and will exist!
God does not tamper with your decisions or the effects of your decisions but, God does provide for you the doctrine necessary to meet any situation in life when it occurs.
However, it refers to the fact that it is the potterâ€™s wheel of authority that shapes the life of everyone.
The sovereignty of God and free will of man coexist in human history.
The difference between being a vessel of honor and a vessel of dishonor is your response to authority, especially God’s word.