Why were these saints chosen? Here is the primary reason: “That we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption [sonship] of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (verses 4-5). Clearly, we—the “saints”—were selected to become actual sons of the Most High!
Let’s continue reading verses 11 through 12: “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: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
It was predestined that those who “first trusted in Christ” would receive an inheritance. The “firstfruits,” as Mr. Herbert Armstrong often reminded us, are now only heirs—not yet inheritors (Romans 8:17). Although God’s overall plan is fixed, the position of each person has not yet been determined. We still are required to do something.
Mr. Armstrong wrote, “Those called now are called for the purpose of getting a job done. They are given the Holy Spirit for that purpose.” (Plain Truth, Nov. 1976). Later in the same article, he went on to mention that the job of every one of us is to help support God’s Work!
No matter what our station in life—whether we are single, married, young, old, or live hundreds of miles from the nearest Church congregation—all of us have been predestined to directly assist with this end-of-the-end-time Work! So said God’s latter-day Elijah!
Each of us has been hand-picked to assist Mr. Flurry in accomplishing a weighty mission. Collectively, our fervent prayers, our words of encouragement, and our tithes and offerings can help hold up the arms of our pastor general as he labors to complete this important task! This responsibility is God’s way of developing in us His own perfect character. As with Abraham (Genesis 22:12), God wants to know—beyond the shadow of a doubt—that we will unswervingly obey Him.
So, is predestination unfair? Is it unfair that only a handful of people are called out of spiritual darkness now—ahead of the rest of humanity? No. God will eventually offer the opportunity for salvation to every human being, as He brings to fruition His 7,000-year master plan. Until then, those of us who are called now must finish the Work—for the whole universe longingly awaits the revealing of the sons of God! (Romans 8:19). That is the meaning of predestination.