My Note: Predestination Ref. Scripture Ephesians 1:3-5
Some of us were chosen in the first earth age to be followers of Christ in this earth age.
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1
¶Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints
which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
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:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
were many people chosen to be followers in the first earth age.
For example: Let's face it, Paul did not have free will when God knocked him off his horse on the way to Damascus and said [in so many words] YOU ARE MINE.
Scripture: Acts 9:3
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks
Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Paul was made an apostle by the "will of God", not by the "will of Paul"!
Why Paul? I can only speculate, but it is probably because Paul had already proven his loyalty to God in the first earth age.
That's probably why many of us were chosen in him in the first earth age and therefore; predestined unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. See verse 5 of Ephesians chapter 1 above.
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