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January 30, 2013 / Pastor George Fike

I am your DENSITY…


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The Real George McFly

.I am your density

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

What does it mean to have been predestined?

For some, that means our destinies have each been decided by God before time ever began.  It matters little what we decide, because no one trumps God.  If you were meant to be saved, you’ll be saved.  If you’re meant for hell, don’t overdress.

I think an enormous error has occurred in such thinking…

 

What does it mean to have been predestined?

For some, that means our destinies have each been decided by God before time ever began.  It matters little what we decide, because no one trumps God.  If you were meant to be saved, you’ll be saved.  If you’re meant for hell, don’t overdress.

I think an enormous error has occurred in such thinking.  Just as Rick Warren’s monumental work The Purpose-Driven Life begins with the profound statement: “It’s not about you…,”  many people have somehow misunderstood their predestination to mean this present age is all about them.  They are the elect; God has chosen them and rejected others.  It was such a misunderstanding that caused the Particular Baptist leadership of 1786 England to tell William Carey who had proposed a missionary venture to India:  “Young man, sit down; when God is pleased to convert the heathen world, He will do it without your help or mine.”

We have tied the election and predestination of believers to a false notion that elevates self to the exclusion of all others.  And we have done so thinking we have somehow made God more sovereign for it.  The simple truth is:

  • Jesus is the Elect One of God. (Matthew 12:18)
  • Upon our decision to trust Him for salvation, God has placed us in Him. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
  • One day, we will finally be found to “be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:1,2)

We are elect in Christ.  We are predestined to be like Him and share in His glory.  It is not about us; it has only ever been about Him.

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