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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Predestination?


Predestination could be viewed as predetermined stages in life finding ... "provision for later stages in earlier ones".

Ecc 1:9, "That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun."

Ecc 1:9, "That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun."


Our ability to think and determine, to examine and discern, are pathways of the mind leading to understanding of life and God. These pathways existed before our travel on the highway of life and are precedent to any knowledge or future considerations. "You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me."

Einstein has a famous statement to the effect that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is its comprehensibility. We allow ourselves great glory and pride in thinking that a thought, idea or concept somehow came about as a result of insight or some intuitive principle at work in our minds enabling us to create. An idea does not form of its own volition. The idea, before it was an idea, was contained in the make-up of our existence and was ordained as a stage to pass through because of the existence of the prior stage. Each stage in life a precursor for the next and determined by the previous. That which was incomprehensible only becomes comprehensible because of the opportunity afforded by the passage of either time, experience, pain or pleasure, and all of these are common to all men and happen within the Sovereign Will of God. Discovery becomes recovery of what God has placed in the heart of man. We can never understand or know in our heart that which never existed. That which exists is a part of who God redeemed us to be and the recovery of that knowledge and understanding is available as a predetermined aspect of life, the discovery of which is within our grasp but remains determinant upon the paths of life chosen. 2Pe 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." In this lies a truth, in that we never fully understand the distance we are from that which determines the length of the journey. 'The way less travelled' is the path of recovery of those freedoms which God ordained to be the intrinsic part of our lives.
Jn 8:36, "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."


Jn 8:32, " ... and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Predestination, in this light, can be seen as the struggle of human willfulness and divine purpose and guidance. In this light, predestination is a real struggle in which we realize that God’s purpose for us is good and that God’s determination to help us is prior to all of our struggles. We are included, predestined, and elected as we believe in Him by the power of the Spirit. God, working His way through us, determines us. Part of God’s determination is that we should be participants in our limited human way with God in doing God’s will. God’s will is that people should have a will that is exercised toward Him. Predestination never eliminates human will.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road
of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.

Martin Luther King, Jr., The Measures of Man, 1959.