[bibletalk] Predestination

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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 08:15:06 -0400
Predestination

There  are  certain  groups of religious people that believe that
only certain people will end up in heaven with God. The belief is
that  God  has predetermined who will go to heaven and who won't.
Paul  writes  to  the Ephesians "Having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the
good  pleasure  of his will" (1:5). So while it is true that some
are  "predestined"  to go to heaven, the question remains who are
those that are predestined.

In  writing  to  the  Roman  brethren  Paul  wrote that those God
predestinated  "them  he also called: and whom he called, them he
also  justified:  and  whom he justified, them he also glorified"
(8:30). So the predestined are the ones God has called, justified
and  gloried.  Romans 1:6 declares that the Christian brethren in
Rome  are  those  of  the  "called  of  Jesus  Christ." So we can
determine  that  Christians  are  the  ones  that  are called and
therefore are the ones predestined to enter heaven.

God indeed has determined who will go to heaven and who won't. He
made  that  determination even before the creation. 2 Timothy 1:9
tells  us that God "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy
calling,  not  according  to  our works, but according to his own
purpose  and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the
world  began."  There  are  only  certain  people that will be in
heaven  but  those  people  are  the ones that obey the Gospel of
Christ  and  become  part of the church that Jesus died for. Your
destiny  will only be determined by your relationship to God when
you die. You can determine what that destiny will be.


In Christ, Steve Preston



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