Easton's Bible Dictionary
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Predestination: This word is properly used only with reference to God's plan or
purpose of salvation. The Greek word rendered "predestinate" is found
only in these six passages,
(Acts 4:28; Romans 8:29,30; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:5,11)
and in all of them it has the same meaning. They teach that the
eternal, sovereign, immutable, and unconditional decree or
"determinate purpose" of God governs all events. This doctrine of
predestination or election is beset with many difficulties. It
belongs to the "secret things" of God. But if we take the revealed
word of God as our guide, we must accept this doctrine with all its
mysteriousness, and settle all our questionings in the humble, devout
acknowledgment, "Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy
sight." For the teaching of Scripture on this subject let the
following passages be examined in addition to those referred to
(Genesis 21:12; Exodus 9:16; 33:19; Deuteronomy 10:15; 32:8; Joshua 11:20; 1 Samuel 12:22)
(2 Chronicles 6:6; Psalms 33:12; 65:4; 78:68; 135:4; Isaiah 41:1-10; Jeremiah 1:5; Mark 13:20)
(Luke 22:22; John 6:37; 15:16; 17:2,6,9; Acts 2:28; 3:18; 4:28; Acts 13:48; 17:26)
(Romans 9:11,18,21; 11:5; Ephesians 3:11; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:9; Ti 1:2; 1 Peter 1:2)
(See DECREES OF GOD)
Hodge has well remarked that, "rightly understood, this doctrine
1. exalts the majesty and absolute sovereignty of God, while it
illustrates the riches of his free grace and his just
displeasure with sin.
2. It enforces upon us the essential truth that salvation is
entirely of grace. That no one can either complain if passed
over, or boast himself if saved.
3. It brings the inquirer to absolute self-despair and the cordial
embrace of the free offer of Christ.
4. In the case of the believer who has the witness in himself, this
doctrine at once deepens his humility and elevates his
confidence to the full assurance of hope" (Outlines).
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