The Godly biblical doctrine of God's eternal predestination and His foreknowledge

Isaiah 46:9 For I am God, and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country; yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called, them He also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

GOD'S FOREKNOWLEDGE

Christians believe that God knows the future. God's knowledge of the whole future is not only absolute and perfectly accurate, it is also a certainty and His knowledge of the future must come to pass and it cannot be changed. Otherwise, He cannot be known as God. In other words, Christians must admit that God must surely know what portion of mankind will finally perish and what portion will finally be saved. Now, here's a challenging thought for your soul.

Since it is true that God knows this fact, why then, did He bring forth the portion of mankind whom He knows will finally perish, into existence? The truthful answer will be revealed in a later paragraph. But for now, we ask, when did God know this? The answer is easy. It is known by God from eternity, before He created creation and mankind. The next question is. What is the basis of God's foreknowledge. This, we shall discuss immediately!

THE BASIS OF GOD'S FOREKNOWLEDGE

As we study the doctrine of God's foreknowledge, we are compelled by truth, to declare that the basis of His foreknowledge is His almighty act of predestinating the whole future. In other words, God did not look into the future and received His foreknowledge. God is not a fortune-teller. In fact, He hates them. They are part of the portion of mankind that will finally perish. He does not need to look into the future. God knows the future because He predestined the future. The future is just but a part of His whole plan, which includes both the past and the present.

The bible is full of God's prophecies. What is prophecy in the bible? It is simply God's holy prophets revealing to man in advance, what God has predestined or predetermined must happen. In accordance to God's timetable, many prophecies have come to pass. For example, God did not look into the future and saw Jesus coming into the world and then 'prophesied' His coming. That would be plain nonsense and untrue.

The bible clearly reveals in 1 Peter 1:18-20, that Christ was prepared before the foundations of the world. In other words, God predestined and then prophesied His coming into the world. Thus says the Lord! Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given...", Isaiah prophesied the coming of Christ, The giving of the Son of God long before the event took place, and this event, the bible assures you and I, was not called Christmas day, and certainly did not fall on the 25 of December, which historically is the date that the pagans celebrate the birthday of their 'sun god.'

False Christianity is merely paganism wearing 'Christian' garments. Together with the world, who hates the True Christ, every December 25 without fail, false Christians and the world acknowledge and confess their common faith, "Merry Christmas to one and all."

The foreknowledge of God and His predestination must stand or fall together. In other words you cannot believe in one and not the other. But false Christians say that God has foreknowledge, but He did not predestined the future. Some of them even say that God only predestined certain events, but not all events.

This would mean that God would have had to look down the passage of time to know the whole future and this would also mean that there was a period of time, just before He looked down the passage of time, that He was ignorant of the whole future. This, of course is absurd, ridiculous and untrue. This is confusion of the worse kind. The false Christians suffer acutely, from such a state.

Now, as promised earlier, the answer to the question, why did God bring into existence the portion of mankind whom He knows for sure will certainly perish? The answer is provided by God Himself, Proverbs 16:4, "The Lord hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil."

Now, isn't Paul's message from the Spirit of God in Romans 11:33-36 so very true, "O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to God, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of God and through God and to God, are all things: to whom be glory for ever, Amen."

The wicked always glory in themselves when accomplishing 'their' purposes. But the event at length proves that they were only fulfilling all the while that which had been foreordained by God, and that too, against their own will, while they knew nothing of it.

"Predestination we call the eternal decree of God, by which He has determined in Himself, what He would have to become of every individual of mankind. For they are not all created with a similar destiny; but eternal life is foreordained for some and eternal death for others. Every man therefore , being created for one or the other of these ends, we say he has been predestined to either life or death." – John Calvin

"All things whatever arise from, and depend on, the divine appointment; whereby it was foreordained who should receive the word of life and who should disbelieve it; who should be delivered from their sins, who should be hardened in them; and who should be justified and who should be condemned." – Martin Luther

"All things turn out according to divine predestination; not only the works we do outwardly, but even the thoughts we think inwardly; there is no such thing as chance, or fortune; nor is there a readier way to gain the fear of the Lord, and to put our whole trust in him, than to be thoroughly versed in the doctrine of God's predestination." – Melanchthon

 

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear:

1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

     
"The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." Proverbs 16:4,5