It seems that you can’t go a day without hearing the “F” word in public. There is very little respect left for anybody. The Bible’s “F” word is not sexually vulgar, but it is theologically vulgar to some. This “F” word is one of the controversial words in all of Scripture. It goes along with the “P” word, and the “E” word. There is not a time when there is no controversy about these words. I have no intention of trying to stir controversy. I was asked by another well respected Christian blogger brother for my understanding of “foreknowledge”. You can be a genuine believer in The Lord Jesus Christ and be saved by His atoning blood holding either posistion. What I am going to point out The Lord taught me many years ago. It truly changed my whole Christian life. I believe that this is taught from the first chapters in Genesis through The Revelation of John. As you read this please go to the texts mentioned and see them in their context.
“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers” (v. Rom. 8:29).
Everybody believes in predestination. Even humanists believe in predestination; they just believe man is the one who is to do the predestinating. Others believe that the world predestinates itself, and that the future will lead only to the death of the universe.
Every Christian believes in predestination by God. They believe in it because the Bible clearly teaches it. But not all Christians mean the same thing by it.
The most common error, in my opinion, among Christians about predestination stems from a misreading of Romans 8:29. Here we are told that God’s predestination is based upon His foreknowledge. This has been misunderstood to mean that God looked down the corridors of history, foresaw what you and I would do, and stuck that into His plan.
To me this view does not square with the fact that God created time, and therefore all events in time, when He created the world, so that He does not look down through history, but He looks at history as a complete whole. Apart from such a huge objection, however, we can notice that Romans 8:29 does not say that God foreknew certain decisions on our part. It does not say that God foresees our faith, and on that basis predestinates us. It says nothing of the kind.
But, Romans 8:29 says that God foreknew certain people. If you did a study of the idea of knowledge in the Bible it will show that it usually involves a choice of intimate relations, as when Adam “knew” his wife Eve and she conceived. Romans 8:29 means that God “fore-loved” certain people, and predestinated them. He chose them; they did not choose Him.
Romans 9 makes this absolutely clear, because Paul goes into a discussion of God’s sovereign choice of Jacob over Esau, a choice based on nothing either had done (Romans 9:11). The objection, “Is God unjust?” could not have come up unless Paul were teaching real predestination; after all, nobody accuses the “foreseen faith” view of being unjust (9:14). And Paul’s answer in verse 15, which states that God decides whom He will save and whom He will not, answers the matter very clearly.
The “foreknowledge” idea sees all of human history as a great movie that God watched but did not create. He is therefore not sovereign. In this view all of history depends upon the will of man, not the plan of God. If this is the case, God has created and just left everything up to man to fend for Himself. To me this gives God much less credit than He deserves. I believe that He is truly Lord over All!