• John Hicks

Predestinated, You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means...

To say that God's word affirms that God predestinates souls to eternal salvation or damnation is literally taking God's name in vain.

In all occasions where predestinated and the like are referenced, God actually is speaking to His predetermining of individuals and groups of people for specific purposes, such as His specific agenda with resolving the Gentile and Jewish problems of sin pre-salvation and their division as peoples and practices post-salvation.

Do a study on your own as to what a Judaizer is and then read through Paul's Epistles and then you should understand what God's word means when it comes to God predetermining. There is a direct relationship between the two and it is very important to understand be this in order to capture the correct context.

Peter was a Judaizer for a short period of time until he was rebuked by Paul.

But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. [12] For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. [13] And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. [14] But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? [15] We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, [16] Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:11-16

Peter obviously should have known better.

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that 🤔 GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS: [35] BUT IN EVERY NATION HE THAT FEARETH HIM, AND WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS, IS ACCEPTED WITH HIM 👈🤔. Acts 10:34-35

God purposed to provide both groups, Gentiles and Jews, equal inclusion in the body of Christ through the blood of Christ. It is the individual's choice to believe towards salvation. Salvation is not at all a matter of genetics nor is it predetermined for anyone.

This, after all, was God's plan, the one that He had determined to fulfill through Abraham.

And in thy 🤔SEED👈🤔 shall 🤔ALL THE NATIONS 👈🤔 of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. Genesis 22:18

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. [7] Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. [8] And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. [9] So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. [10] For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. [11] But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. [12] And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. [13] Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: [14] That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. [15] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. [16] Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. 🤔 HE SAITH NOT, AND TO SEEDS, AS OF MANY; BUT AS OF ONE, AND TO THY SEED, WHICH IS CHRIST.👈🤔 [17] And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. [18] For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. [19] Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. [20] Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. [21] Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. [22] But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. [23] But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. [24] Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. [26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. [27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. [28] 🤔THERE IS NEITHER JEW NOR GREEK, THERE IS NEITHER BOND NOR FREE, THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE: FOR YE ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. [29] AND IF YE BE CHRIST'S, THEN ARE YE ABRAHAM'S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE👈🤔. Galatians 3:6-29


I purposely left out the passages that specifically mention predestinated, which are Romans 8:29 and 30 and Ephesians 1:5 and 11, so the reader can do their own due diligence in exegeting within God's original and proper intent as the contextual guidelines rather than settling on any subjective eisegesis that falsely supports man derived doctrines and worse, takes the name of the LORD in vain.

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