Notes on Predestination

Eph 1:5 …having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Rom 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (29) Because whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. (30) Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.






From G4253 and G3724; to limit in advance, that is, (figuratively) predetermine: – determine before, ordain, predestinate.





From G3725; to mark out or bound (“horizon”), that is, (figuratively) to appoint, decree, specify: – declare, determine, limit, ordain.



Therefore, Predestinate,  Pro-orizo (Pro- horizon) means to establish the “horizons” – the boundaries, beforehand.

This is far more than foreknowledge. Just because one may know what will happen in the future doesn’t mean they have the power to make it happen. God has both the foreknowledge and the power to cause predestination, the power to know what will happen and the power to make it happen.

Mockers of this Bible word of predestination propose, Is God forcing us to do every little thing? Like, to go to the toilet, to have a coffee? Etc. etc.

NO. As revealed above, predestination means that God sets limits in advance. It doesn’t mean that He forces everyone to do every little thing, as though they were programmed robots, even though He does have the power to do that, if He wants to. Of course.

However, He can cause you to want to have a cup of coffee so that you go down to the café, and then, lo and behold, there’s someone there whom God has arranged for you to meet, a divine appointment. In this case, did He force you into wanting a coffee? No. Was He causing you to do His will? YES. Can you comprehend it with your mind? NO.

In this “coffee” scenario, He mystically worked His will into our will. You wouldn’t say that God forced you to want a coffee, yet, after the fact, you can say that God caused you to do His will.

The “limitations” aspect of predestination should be very evident in the life of the saints. One saint said, “If God had allowed all my plans to succeed, they would have destroyed me.” God, setting the limits in the life of a saint, according to His wisdom, for His purposes, for His glory. It can be very frustrating to undergo this “limiting” of the Holy Spirit. In time we see His wisdom in it. It’s the loving restraint of the Father, for truly, Father knows best. Spiritual babies, especially, need this fatherly restraint, as do natural children.

The life of Joseph

Look at the life of Joseph to see an example of how God can work out His preordained plan in our lives. God showed Joseph thru dreams what would happen to him, what God’s preordained plan was for him.

Then, all the “bad” that fell upon Joseph had nothing to do with Joseph’s will or choice, and he was not reaping what he had sown either. It was cast upon him, and it was a terrible suffering and anguish. God meant it for good, and for the salvation of all Joseph’s family. Joseph’s will had nothing to do with it, only in as much as in his sufferings he was faithful to the Lord and did not deny Him. Joseph trusted His God. Joseph would never have chosen to be sold as a slave, neither to be imprisoned in Egypt. God chose that for him. That’s predestination. Later, everyone was glad that God did choose this.

The mystery is that our God can work HIS will in us, pre-ordained from before the foundation of the world (without coercion) and not violate our freewill. i.e. To cause us to do His will, without over-riding our will, and we sometimes mistakenly think that everything in our life is solely due to our will and choices. We do need to see the sovereignty of God and try and understand His purposes.



Various predestination scriptures:

Rev 13:8 And all those who dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose name is not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Preordained for the cross before He made the world.

Rev 17:17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the Beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.

Act 9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go your way, for he is a chosen vessel to Me to bear My name before Gentiles and kings, and the sons of Israel.

Act 9:16 For I will show him all the things that he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Act 17:26 And He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell upon all the face of the earth, and He ordained their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

Act 17:27 in order for them to seek the Lord, if perhaps indeed they might grope for Him and find Him, and yet being indeed not far from each one of us;

Rom 11:30-36 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now you were shown mercy through their disobedience, (31) even so these now were disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also might be shown mercy.

(32) For God has shut up all to disobedience, that He might show mercy to all.

(33) Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and untraceable are His ways!

(34) “For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has been His counselor?” (35) “Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be repaid to him?” (36) For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things; to Him be the glory forever! Amen.

There’s so many more.


One Response to “Notes on Predestination”

  1. ianvincent Says:

    Both our will and God’s will is involved, which cannot fully be comprehended in this life.

    We know that we have a will ; of course we do.

    We were born again by the will of God (John 1) yet not against our will.

    Even though our will is involved, we would never trust in, or glory in, our will, or our decision, for everything we have (our faith) we received from God.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: