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In God’s Predestination, We Became Christ’s Inheritance

Salvation itself is God’s complete reward. If a person does not receive salvation (has no part in the Kingdom of Heaven), what he possesses now exists only to be destroyed. If a person has received Christ’s salvation, but takes his blessings lightly, he would not be able to enjoy the extremely great blessings (hope, inheritance, power) in the salvation. His life on earth would be meaningless and empty; a waste of time. What then is the value of salvation? Firstly, salvation is given free. But the value of salvation also lies in the fact that it is not given to everyone, neither can one obtain it through his will. It is what God has predestined in His eternal will to give to His elected people. Therefore, in the whole history, God chose a group of people to be able to hear and believe the gospel of Christ. In God’s predestination (the creation and operation of all things), the salvation of His people is at the center. All things converge to the salvation of God’s people. Therefore, without God’s predestination, who can receive this salvation? If a person receives the salvation of Christ not through God’s predestination (accomplished in God’s will), the value of salvation is only as great as the nobleness of the man who chose Jesus in his will. In this, salvation no longer has God’s glory. Besides that, is a person’s life (including his process of sanctification) in God’s predestination? In fact, this is also true. Because God has absolute sovereignty. However, this does not absolve man’s responsbility. Man’s responsibility and God’s predestination is compatible. Firstly, no one can fathom God’s will, and God’s will is forever steadfast, underway and it continues to bring new and living developments. Therefore, when a person received life (Holy Spirit), God gave the same Holy Spirit and the same Word to His children so that all who are born-again have the potential to become an Abraham, not Lot. We all have the potential to be David, not Saul. Therefore, do not enter into the thinking: “Since God has already predestined, do we still need to evangelise or shepherd? Do we need to live our lives seriously?” On the contrary, because God has predestined, we see God’s imperative and unstoppable will, therefore we must make use of the free will given by God to seek out people of the Beatitudes, and do our best to spread the gospel. Because God has predestined, understanding God’s will and acting in it will enable one to receive greater power and reward. Therefore, in understanding predestination, we must find the intersection between God’s work and man’s responsibility. For example: In man’s free will, there is God’s intervention and discipline <He 12:4-6>; in God’s election, there is man’s responsibility <Ph 1:6; 2:12>. Only this understanding is the complete truth of predestination.

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