Predestination

Text: Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 8:29-30

Has God predestined certain individuals to be saved, or a certain group to be saved?

Passages used to defend the “individual predestination” doctrine – Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:29-30; Nehemiah 9:7; Romans 9:10-13 (explain each)

Consequences of the “individual predestination” doctrine:

  • No reason to do good
  • No reason to evangelize
  • Makes God out to be a cruel and unjust tyrant

What the Scriptures teach about predestination:

  • Those who are “holy and blameless” (Ephesians 1:4-5),
  • Those who are called (Romans 8:29-30),
  • Those who are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3; Galatians 3:27) will be saved

The right view is better than the wrong view – How? Hope; all can be saved

Our response: What should this cause us to do?

  • Become part of the group predestined to be saved
  • Remain faithful to continue in that group

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