Question: What did God predestine for his chosen people?
Answer: To adopt Christians as his children
We have discussed that through Christ God predestined a specific group of people to belong to him. He also predestined the way in which one would become a member of that special people (i.e. through faith). Now we must ask if the Bible teaches what God predestined for the Body of Christ. We know God determined beforehand to grant the Promised Land as Israel’s special inheritance; did he also have an inheritance in mind for the Church of Jesus Christ? If so, what was it?
The Bible uses the word, predestined, 6 times (Acts 4:38, 1 Cor. 2:7, Romans 8:29-30, and Ephesians 1:5 and 11). Acts 4:38 says that God predestined how he would bring about the crucifixion of Christ; and 1 Corinthians 2:7 says that God predestined the wisdom for the Church. But the passages in Romans and Ephesians tell us exactly what God predestined he would do for the Body of Christ. Continue reading “Five Questions About Predistination – # 4 What”