The word predestination means to limit in advance, predetermine, foreordain, determine before, appoint. From the meaning of this word many have concluded that those whom God has predestined have no power of choice. This could not be further from the truth!
The doctrine of predestination is among the most controversial subjects in the Christian world. Some go to the extreme to say that predestined man has no power of choice whatsoever. Then some go to another extreme and say that created man has total power of choice in determining his destiny and there is no predetermined purpose of God as far as an end result or destiny. Both extremes are wrong as far as God’s Word is concerned, yet both sides contain Truth. This is one area where balanced Truth is in order or where “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” is needed.
Predestination also means that since before time began, a “fence was placed around” those whom God had predetermined, and they were “fitted in advance” for a particular purpose according to God’s Foreknowledge, Purpose and Eternal Plan.
Jesus Himself was foreordained, predestined, to come to this world as the Lamb of God.
Even though Christ was foreordained He did not come into this world as a robot or a puppet. All the days of His earthly journey He was faced with the power of “choice.” If He had no choice, He could not have been tempted because with temptation comes the power to choose. Yet, He was equipped or fitted in advance with all He needed to fulfill His predestined purpose, the Father’s Will.
The Grace of God was upon Him.
He had the Spirit without measure.
The Father gave all things unto Him.
The Father commanded Him what words to speak.
In the wilderness, Jesus was faced with choice (Matthew 4:1), In the Garden of Gethsemane, He was faced with choice (Matthew 26:39), Before Jesus went to the cross, He was faced with choice (Matthew 26:53). He was tempted in all points, just as we are, throughout His earthly journey, yet He was without sin. In other words, He never missed the mark, which was His Father’s Predetermined Will.
God’s Predetermined Will moved on Herod, Pilate, the Gentiles and the Jews to gather together against Jesus and to crucify Him so that the Predestined Purpose for His Son could be fulfilled.
Through all His earthly journey Jesus maintained His relationship with the Heavenly Father. He kept His human will in submission to the Will of His Father. He never missed the mark, and hence He fulfilled or accomplished the Father’s Predestined Purpose for Him.
Likewise the predestined souls and spirits of mankind are guaranteed, fenced up, determined, and appointed to be both equipped and “fitted” for all God’s Will has predetermined for them to be and do. But it does not guarantee the end result! God’s highest and ultimate purpose of His Predestined Will is to conform His chosen, the elect, into the Image of His Son.
Because of His Predetermined Choice, or His Predestined Purpose for His chosen elect, God shakes heaven and earth for His Will to be accomplished. He has “fenced in” those whom He has chosen. This fence places a wall around the life of the predestined that guarantees that God will work all things for His Will and Purpose to be accomplished in the life of those whom He has preordained. The ultimate, predetermined “end result” of God’s Will is the Image and Likeness of His Son, Jesus, manifest in the life of His chosen.
God works all things every circumstance, every situation, every blessing, every pain, every mountain and every valley according to His Own Will and Predestined Purpose. It is guaranteed that He will work all things in, around and through the lives of those predestined souls so that they may find, know and accomplish His Purpose and Will. But what man does with the knowledge or how he responds to God, will determine the end result.
There are names written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world. This however does not guarantee Eternal Redemption.
Having your name “pre-written,” or predestined, in the Book of Life does not mean a guaranteed end. In the above verses it clearly states that names can be taken away, or blotted out from the Book of Life.
Having said all this we must also acknowledge there is another side to the Truth about predestination. God has chosen, called, predetermined, preordained, and purposed certain ones of His creatures for very specific purposes in time and eternity, both for good and evil. On one side God predetermines and places a fence around predestined souls called to be conformed to the image of His Son. Yet obviously they maintain the power to choose. As already mentioned with His predestined purpose there is a guarantee of God making a way for His Will to be fulfilled. He will work all things according to His Will and give all needed substance for His chosen and elect to reach the predestined end. This is according to God’s choosing, not man’s.
God predestined His people Israel from before time began, yet He also placed before them the power of choice.
However, on the other side of the scales we also see God preordaining those whom He has chosen for a specific calling or work for none other reason but that the purpose of God might be accomplished. Man cannot judge God. Neither does man have the right to question God. All things are made for His pleasure, purpose and Name’s Sake. He has the Plan, and He fulfills the Plan. For example when Pharaoh tried to yield to Moses and allow the people of God to leave Egypt, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart because He had raised Pharaoh up for a very specific purpose.
Pharaoh Was Raised Up For God to Declare His Power and Glory.
God Chooses Those Upon Whom He Has Mercy.
The Wicked Are Made for The Day of Evil.
Judas Was Chosen for a Specific Task.
God Loved Jacob and hated Esau According to His Election.
God Places His will in Hearts to Accomplish His Word And Agree.
Conclusion: It is clear that God’s Word teaches predestination with choice, yet it is also clear that God’s Word teaches God’s Predetermined Will is purposed on others for the fulfillment of His Will, without choice. Both sides are true and Scriptural