The Predestination of Adam and Christ

1 Peter 1:18 For as much 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 a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 Who verily was FOREORDAINED before the foundations of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.

This is a great and awesome truth of God's Predestination. The Epistle First Peter, a spiritual letter from God The Holy Spirit is addressed to the elect of God. It was for their information and edification only. From the above passage, we find the apostle revealing one of the greatest secrets of God, which was hidden from man since Adam. He tells us that Christ was prepared and predestined before the foundations of the world, to be the sacrifice for sins. It was for their sake that Christ was manifested.

This was not a contingent measure that God made, in the event that Adam should fall. This was a certainty. For there are no such things as contingencies in the plan of God. Therefore, it clearly follows that Adam was predestined to fall. It is the answer to questions such as, why did God create man? And why did the Word become flesh? In other words, Adam was predestined to die for his own sins and Christ was predestined to die for the sins His people (Matthew 1:21), His church, His body (Ephesians 5:23-25)

There is absolute justice in Adams case. He was justly punished by God for his actions and disobedience. But in Christ's case, the justice of God found it's fulfillment in His love for His people, which we shall discuss shortly. The ungodly, focuses on Adam's case and deems it unfair that Adam should be punished for doing exactly what he was predestined and created to do.

They ask exactly what the apostle predicts they would ask in Romans 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, why doth God yet find fault? For who hath resisted God's will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, why has thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour?

What an awesome passage of truth this is. How, pray tell does man have the right to demand anything from God? Where is the human right in God's plan? There never ever was any. What right has mankind to complain? Let alone sinful fallen man. I repeat the apostle again, "Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?"

The AUDACITY of man as he questions his creator! For in God's plan there is no human right, only God's right to do as He pleases with the armies in heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. No one can stay His hand and say unto Him,"what doeth thou?"

Remember, the scriptures always reveal God to be eternally Righteous and Just, and that He never ever does anything to contradict this eternal truth. Therefore, even though we can never ever fully understand God's ways, as the apostle Paul declares in Romans 11:33 "O the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out," we must like little children love, trust and stand in awe of God's Holy Being and Ways.

The elect sinners,God's people, who love God, because it was God who first loved them (1 John 4:19) focuses on Christ's case. What was in it for Christ? That He should volunteer to be predestined to die for the sins of His people. Surely, you can now see that it was for no other reason than to express and demonstrate His eternal love for His people, 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Again in Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

The actions of God and the actions of man can never ever be equal in value. Man's works are liken unto filthy rags by God. God's actions are always worth infinitely greater than the actions of man. The apostle Paul puts it beautifully, (Please read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Paul declares God's wisdom and power in the sacrifice of Christ) verse 25 says "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men."

Again and again and again, the scriptures never fail to remind man what his actions and works are truly worth? Thus the giving of Christ's sinless life in exchange for the sinful lives of elect sinners is a clear example of this truth. For no amount of sinful lives can ever equal the sinless life of Christ. So it clearly means that the merits of Christ's atoning work is of infinite value.

God is therefore able to apply it to the whole of sinful mankind if He chose to and save every single wretched sinful soul. But does He? No, the scriptures declare that He doesn't. This is very very sobering and shows God's Grace to be truly amazing! So what did God have in mind when He prepared and predestined Christ to die for elect sinners?

The greatest example of God's predestination is the Word becoming Flesh, the coming of Christ, The Head of His church which is His body. So it truthfully follows that, in God's plan, the Head was predestined, so must the Body be (Ephesians 1:3-11). Therefore the purpose of this merciful act of God's predestination was to save His people, from their sins and to demonstrate His eternal love for them (Matthew 1:21: Romans 5:8 ).

It is through such a plan that God expresses His divine love for His people to the fullest. Indeed God is love, but it is also a distinguishing, electing and unconditional love (Romans 9:11-13). Indeed God is merciful. But He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy." (Romans 9:14-16)

Central to the plan of God is that through Adam, all man will fall into sin and death, (Romans 5:12) and through Christ, God will save His people from their sins and they shall live (Matthew 1:21) Remember, God has planned for all things to happen for one sole reason only, that is, to humble man and to exalt Himself in Christ.

In Christian theology, it is called the doctrine of imputation. In the fall of man, the guilt of Adam's disobedience is imputed to his descendants (by nature children of wrath) for God has bound all men to disobedience. In the salvation of God's people, the Righteousness of Christ's obedience is imputed to them by Grace through Faith – spiritual gifts from God, not of themselves, not of works, so that they cannot boast. All to the praise of the glory of His Grace.

This, therefore is a beautiful and awesome plan. Beautiful because it brings out the fullest expression of God's love for His people. Awesome because truthfully no one can be saved except through the saving work of God in Christ (Word become flesh) whom was predestined to die for the sins of His people. It is this clear and simple truth that Jesus declared in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."

So, what exactly is the wickedness and wretchedness of all persons who reject this plan of God? They have made God out to be a liar. Lying through His Word - the holy bible. They do not submit to the Righteousness of God in Christ. For they do not believe that Christ is the end of the law for Righteousness to every one that believeth. They do not rest in Faith in Christ alone. They wickedly seek and wretchedly work to establish their own righteousness by believing in religions that claim that God has given man a 'freewill.'

Beware!!! False Christianity is the biggest culprit. Any church, pastor or person that claims to be Christian, but believes and teaches that man has a 'freewill,' belongs to this wicked religion of false Christianity. They preach another Jesus, other than the one the apostle Paul preached. They believe in, and receive a false gospel, other than the one the apostle Paul preached. They have been deceived into believing that out of their own 'freewill' they have turned to Christ and believed in Him.

Thinking to themselves that the value of their actions of their own 'freewill' can equal the value of God's almighty work in drawing only elect sinners to Christ!!! It is no wonder Christ calls them fools, wicked, children of the devil, brood of vipers, whitewashed sepulchers and so on. These are not pleasant names to be associated with. I assure you that Christ was not name-calling. He was speaking the truth. Amen.

 

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear:

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will

Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned

 

     
"And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15