Predestination is a theological term to explain a simple statement like God is Love. While we attribute omnipresence and omnipotence to God, love has a quality of giving both substance: this is what this expression of Sovereign Power and Wisdom would entail. It equips us to love which has both power and wisdom. As an example maternal love is marked by power to conceive as well as rear the baby capable of loving another in course of time. Love is directional. It is thus we have come into the God equation.
Man is bounded by space and time constraints. Power and wisdom of man consequently suffer from limitation. In order to break this narrow bound the only way is to get into the mind of God. Two ways are open before us: love and faith. When Jesus Christ says he is the Way it simply places love on same footing as that of God. What of faith? God demonstrated it first as the writer to the Hebrews states : “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (He.11:3-KJ21)”.
There is another vital aspect without which predestination shall not make sense. I will try to explain time from this analogy. Take a deflated balloon. Mark a dot with the marker pen to denote duration of a day. This signifies how we imagine time. Think how large this dot shall become if it were blown to an infinite size. Time in the Mind of God shall be as different. Of this we have this verse: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day (2 Pe.3:8-NIV) Ps.90:4.
In our interpretation we have often missed this and similarly are prophecies of men. These are riddled by this basic flaw. Without the active aid of the Holy Spirit many teachers misled the flock. In short they make their own revelations and private interpretation as coming from God.
Coming back to Predestination we shall use our own condition.
“The simplest way is to approach the unknown from what is known. So I shall begin with life. Life of each individual can be set in various phases, – infancy, adolescence, adult and old age which are however arbitrary. Even in pre-natal state a baby bears genetic influence of its ancestors. What life denotes for an individual partly is that of a medium, passing on experience of others forward. Life is not a passive medium. For the individual also enlarges it with own experience.
A baby is like the part of an iceberg floating in a sea of the living. What maps out its directions for later in life is all hidden away. Of course nature and nurture do matter. So life is not merely fitting out a child to land a job or set up a home. The child must address his needs from two fronts, his body and soul… Life without addressing the life as a whole shall spring nasty surprises once the individual has passed the useful career without any inner resources to bank on.
God requires us not to do contrary to his Will. The Spirit instructs us with the case of the Children of Israel who ‘lusted exceedingly in the wilderness…’ and what was the result? “And he (God) gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (Ps.106: 15).”
In the narrative account of creation we see the purpose of body. Just as Adam had a body so did Jesus: the Word became flesh, with which he perfected the divine Will (Heb.10: 14).
The Psalmist makes it clear that the body is to do the divine Will. “I have come to do your will, O God”. This is recalled in the epistle to the Hebrews where the ministry of Christ is shown as fulfilment of divine Will…
Time Frame with regards to Divine Will
Divine Will commands certain attitudes and conduct from man. It has a finite time frame. Man is judged on this basis. Whatever judgment God determines on these has a Time frame, which only God Almighty shall know. But Holy Spirit clues us in from examples.
Let me quote two passages one from the Epistle to the Hebrews and the other from the Book of Job.
Speaking of Melchicedec, the King of Salem St Paul states that Abraham gave him a tenth part of all in tithes. He goes on to add, ‘And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law…’
“For he (Levi) was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchicedec met him.(He.7: 10)”.
Now for the other.
When the Lord finally confronted Job out of a whirlwind he asked, ‘…Where was thou when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding (Jb.38: 4)’. Levi was in the loins of Abraham when he paid tithes to the King of Salem. By the same token when God laid the foundation of the earth we were all dead in sins because of Adam, and without a ray of hope. We have been preordained in his Will for punishment. But in obeying the Son and by our faith we have received grace. He blotted out the writing against us and nailed to the cross. (Col.2: 14). This is what St Paul terms as ‘mystery of his Will’ (Ep.1: 9) the key to which is the atoning work of the Son.
As a result we figure as overcomers in Core Will, which ‘he hath purposed in himself’. Thus by the blood of Christ Jesus God shall establish us children of obedience in Core Will.
All that required for such a turn around was our faith, which comes from hearing the Word. “…Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Ro.10: 17)”. This is the kind of faith that death cannot silence. (2)
Jesus expressed divine Will in no uncertain terms. ’Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.’(Mt.18: 14) He also proved with his life.”
The passages in quote is selected from Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible. In 2 vol. Available through Amazon.com,Kindle, Nook etc.,