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Pamphlet 1792 Plan of God kc 6-4

What predestination means.

Here is what the Lord said regarding the prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 1:4
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

[5] Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Of course God knew Jeremiah before He placed him his mother's belly.

He knew you too, as we will see!

How about this passage concerning Jacob and Esau:

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.

The word "hated" means to "love less" by comparison. In other words, God had less respect for one little baby in Rebecca's womb than the other little baby.

How can this be?

They weren't even BORN YET!

The natural question which follows is:

[14] What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
Of course there is no unrighteousness with our Father.

He is always completely fair, for it is written that God is no respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11, Col. 3:25).

He KNEW how disrespectful Esau was in the "world that then was"!

He knows all of us, His children, very well.

What about you?

As we just read in verse 11, this has to do with "election".

You see, not everybody followed Satan in the prehistoric age of the "world that then was".

Some stood against that Old Dragon in that world and stood by our Father, and so He chose them, and predestined them according to His good pleasure, to use as He saw fit in this flesh dispensation of His Plan of Salvation to restore and bring back His sons to Him.

Those he chose are called the remnant and God's elect.

As it is written, even before the foundation of this earth (age) God chose His elect.

The Apostle Paul explains:

Ephes. 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:

The word "foundation" used here is "katabole" in Greek which comes from kataballo.

"foundation of the world" doesn't mean what you think it does!

Here's Strong's definition. Notice it means to "throw down" or "cast down".

From G2598; a deposition, that is, founding; figuratively conception: - conceive, foundation.

From G2596 and G906; to throw down: - cast down, lay.

A primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense): - arise, cast (out), X dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust. Compare G4496.

A primary verb (perhaps rather akin to the base of G4474, through the idea of sudden motion); to fling (properly with a quick toss, thus differing from G906, which denotes a deliberate hurl; and from ?????? teino? (see in G1614), which indicates an extended projection); by qualification, to deposit (as if a load); by extension to disperse: - cast (down, out), scatter abroad, throw.

The "foundation of the world" is the "katabole" in Greek which means the "casting down" of that first earth age.

Paul is saying that God's elect were chosen before the overthrow, before the casting down of the kosmos, the world that then was (i.e. of Satan), which means God's elect were chosen before Genesis 1:2 when the world became "tohu va bohu".

It sure makes a lot of sense now, doesn't it?

[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.

Jeremiah was just one example showing us how God chooses His elect, even names some of them, before they are ever placed in their mother's belly, to do the job God already "predetermined" for them to do!

Paul was another one, and he was struck down and placed in service when God was ready to use him.

The question is,"Are you one of God's elect?" If you are, you have a DESTINY, a predetermined JOB TO DO!

If you haven't discovered it yet, don't worry, YOU WILL!

So keep studying His Word until He is ready for you!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them {the ancient Israelites} for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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