June 22, 2015


Blessings folk!

Back in the ole college days I remember being constantly accosted...yes, that is the only word...by fellow believers related to certain things.

One was this…”do you believe in predestination?”

{Now-a-days it is the same…”do you believe in predestination? are you a Calvinist? do you believe in the pretribulation rapture?” etc. etc. Folk will debate, yet refuse to learn what the Word says.}

I always thought it was a curious question considering how the Scripture uses the word and variant many times...three to six times depending upon the translation.

We are looking at what the Word says.
Not at what man thinks.

Rom 8:29-30
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 
and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

Believers are foreknown.
We are also predestined.

“Predestined” = proorizo
- to predetermine, decide beforehand
- in the NT of God decreeing from eternity

  • to foreordain, appoint beforehand
The Lord determined beforehand that we should be conformed to the image of His Son.

Think on that.
That is the determination of the Most High before He spoke anything into existence.
A determination for each true Believer.

“Conformed” = symmorphos
  • having the same form as another, similar, conformed to

Those who are foreknown are predestined to have the same image as the Son.
The Son, the firstborn among many brethren.
The Son, the firstborn among the dead.

Resist not the determination of the Lord.
Allow Him to conform you moment by moment into His likeness.
Conformed now.
Conformed later.

Rom 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.