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About Predestination

“About Predestination” is adapted from the written study, found in book Nazarene Israel Scripture Studies, Vol. 1. In this video, we answer common questions people have about predestination. If you have ever wondered whether or not predestination is a scriptural concept, this study is for you.

Free will

The concept that men and women do have free will choice is clear. And, left to our own devices, we humans have an inherent tendency to make the wrong kinds of choices. We choose what will feel good to the flesh, rather than what is right. For example, we see that, in the Garden, Havvah (Eve) chose what was pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to the flesh.

B’reisheet (Genesis) 3:6
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Foreordination and Predestination

However, do men have nothing more than free will choice? Kepha tells us that Yeshua’s ministry was foreordained before the foundation of the world.

Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) 1:20-21
20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
21 who through Him believe in Elohim, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in Elohim.

If Yeshua’s role in history was foreordained from before the foundation of the world, then the rest of mankind’s actions have to be more than just the results of free will choice. Although Yeshua was in the right place at the right time in order to fulfill the prophecies, if the rest of mankind’s actions are not scripted, then how can Yahweh know that His people will be where they need to be, when they needed to be there, in order for His prophetic words to be fulfilled?

Predestination, personal choice, or chance?

It makes no sense that Yahweh would leave the fulfillment of His word to chance. Shaul or (Paul) even tells us that our adoption as sons is predestined. 

Ephesim (Ephesians) 1:3-6
3 Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master Yeshua Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be set apart and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Yeshua Messiah to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

However, if our adoption as sons is predestined, then at the highest level, none of us really makes a choice to accept or reject Yeshua. At the highest level our choice to accept salvation has to be something that is given to us as a gift, such that we cannot reject it.

Qorintim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 4:7
7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

How can Scripture speak both of a man’s free will choice, and also of a man’s predestination to the adoption as sons? If a man can theoretically choose between right and wrong, then how can his predestination be certain?

Join us as we discuss predestination, free will, and Yahweh’s plan of salvation.

Tehillim (Psalms) 139:16
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

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