Predestination In The Bible
Predestination In The Bible – Who Is Predestined or Selected to Be Saved ?
What is Predestination ? Is Predestination in the Bible and does God really select or choose who will be saved ? There are many verses on Predestination in the Bible and on Salvation. At first glance many of these Bible verses seem to contradict one another.
1 Timothy 2:4 tells us that God wants all men to be saved. Other verses about Predestination in the Bible seem to suggest that God does select or predestines people for salvation. Still other verses call believers God’s elect, which suggests they are chosen for salvation.
2 Part Bible Study on Predestination In The Bible & Salvation of The Elect
What is the truth about Predestination in the Bible and about Salvation ? In this first part of our 2 part series of articles we will dive into God’s word to discover the meaning of Predestination in the Bible. The doctrine of Predestination is definitely in the Bible.
The 2nd part of these Bible study articles will look at the question of who is predestined for salvation. Also we will look into the question of who are God’s elect. When you look at both of these subjects and articles together, you will get a much clearer idea of Predestination, Salvation, and the Elect.
Predestination In The Bible
In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
Ephesians 1:5 says that God predestined us to salvation and adoption as His sons or children through Jesus. Does this mean God’s will was to choose or predetermine who would be saved and not saved ? The definition of the Greek word used for “predestined” means: To define or determine beforehand. Or to plan from the beginning (of time)
Predestination in the Bible definitely exists. God has determined or planned long ago to offer the gift of salvation to mankind. The real question is who is the us in Ephesians 1:5 when it says “In love God predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ ?
Other Bible Verses About Predestination
Ephesians 1:11 “also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.”
Acts 13:48 “When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.”
Romans 8:30 “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. “
1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
These verses also clearly show the plan of God and the predestination for salvation.
Some of The Many Verses In The Bible About Salvation
“God wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
1 John 2:2
and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.
Does God Offer Salvation to A Few Chosen People Or To All ?
God has determined or planned long ago to offer the gift of salvation to mankind. The real question is who does God offer salvation to ? Are some chosen people predestined for salvation and eternal life, or are all people offered the gift ? Who is the us in Ephesians 1:5 – “In love God predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ ?
We will look to answer these questions in Part 2 of this series of Bible study articles on Predestination and The Elect.
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