Predestination is one of the hardest biblical concepts to grasp. I once heard an older Christian gentleman say that if you think you fully understand predestination then you don’t. Probably the biggest question regarding predestination that people have is “How does God choose people?”. In effect does God say something like “Well that person is good looking. I will choose them. But that person likes country music so I will leave that person!”
Here is a quote from R.C. Sproul which helped me on this matter. It doesn’t make predestination any more easy to grasp but it shapes predestination in away that is biblical and it clarifies our question:
“The ground on which God chooses the objects of his mercy solely on the good pleasure of his will. Paul makes this clear: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will… (Ephesians 1:3-5)
That God chooses according to the good pleasure of his will does not mean that his choices are capricious or arbitrary. An arbitrary choice is one made for no reason at all. Though Reformed Theology insists that election is based on nothing foreseen in the individuals lives, this does not mean he makes the choice for no reason at all. It simply means that the reason is not something God finds in us. In his inscrutable, mysterious will, God chooses according to his own pleasure, which is his divine right. His pleasure is described as his good pleasure. If something pleases God, it must be good. The is no evil pleasure in God.”
R.C. Sproul What is Reformed Theology? pg. 147
Does this clarify predestination for you? What questions still remain?
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