“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the first born among many brethren” –Romans 8:29
LIGHT FOR NOW: Intention always precedes action.
God’s intention for the world to be saved was evidenced in Christ dying in faith so that those who believe can be saved. This can be seen in Romans chapter 5 verse 8 which reads, “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. God does not will evil to happen neither does he force goodness on anyone. Inasmuch as salvation is the divine will of God, man’s choice and will always matter. This means that human will is also involved in the divine will of God. There is no pre-determined outcome or a final result but only a desired result or intended outcome. It is therefore evident that the words, ‘prorismos’ and ‘proorizo’ were used for intentions and subsequent actions to achieve the desired result. Note that intention always precedes action.
The word, ‘proorizo’ which is translated ‘predestinate’ was never the final result but was rather used to show God’s intention towards men. God’s intention is for all men to be saved; but he cannot force salvation on man. The birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ were all God’s action towards man’s salvation. The action of God was from God’s intention for man to be saved. God’s intention is explained in his actions. He intended salvation for all men and mapped out an action plan for man’s salvation. But not all men are saved neither is anyone excluded in God’s salvation plan. Salvation does not have any preclusion nor exclusion. Not all men have accepted God’s plan of salvation for man. Just as salvation is a gift; if one does not accept a gift, that gift cannot be of benefit to that person. We can therefore say that in the divine will of God, there is also human will.
INSTRUCTION: Accept God’s gift of salvation today.
PRAYER: Lord, I align my will with the divine will of God for my life, In Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE:In the divine will, there is also human will.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1