What Is ‘Predestination’?

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.

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8 thoughts on “What Is ‘Predestination’?

  1. Thank you for this article Mr. Anderson. Then Christ will raise us up immortal and incorrubtible and then together Christ and the firstfruits will rule.

  2. “Some erroneously assume God has decided our fate already. They do not understand that man is created with free will—not simply to be a string puppet in the theater of life!”

    Exactly, that would preclude our need to build holy, righteous, spiritual character…to overcome the Evil One as Christ did, to suffer as Christ did (to a lesser degree).

    “Even before the foundation of this world, God had prearranged to call a select group of people and open their minds to spiritual truth. That such a group would exist was decided before the world was founded—before anyone in that group was born!”

    It is incredible that God had a Plan B in place from the very beginning. Such forethought and such desire to share the God experience with the God Family! Christ will definitely need King/Priests, the First Fruits, to teach the masses about His law and government.

    God truly has an expansive vision that ultimately includes all of humankind.

  3. Thank you for that clearer meaning of predestination. It has lifted a lot of weight from my shoulders on trying to explain it to others. Yours has been the best, simplest and clearest meaning of predestination I have ever come across so far. thank you very much.

  4. i am not a member of your church because i am not baptized, but i do believe your teachings. and i also support the work by sharing links of theTrumpet.com on Facebook and Twitter. Could I be considered as firstfruit also? Thanks!

    • This is a subject which I am guilty of taking for granted. Thanks for the reminder Mr. Eric Anderson. And a quick hello to Ms.Cheyenne (Wyoming) Chaney. I assume she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Chaney from Ohio.
      Roger and Rita Carver Adel, Ga. :)

  5. Great article, Mr. Anderson. Those of us who are blessed to have you as our minister are filled with joy that you were predestined to be a minister.

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