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Bring It On-Line:"Foreknew"

Romans 8:29 says, "For those God foreknew He also predestined…." What exactly does the word "foreknew" mean? I've read several Bible commentaries and discussed the meaning of the word with others but to no avail as to the ... Read Transcript


Welcome back to The 700 Club.

It's time for your e-mail questions.

And we've got one really good one.

And here it is, from Richard.

He quotes Romans 8:29, says, "For those of God foreknew

He also predestined."

What exactly does the word "foreknew" mean?

I've read several Bible commentaries,

and discussed the meaning of the word

with others, but to no avail as to the meaning of the word

"foreknew."

Please give me your thoughts regarding the word "foreknew"

in Romans 8:29.

Gordon.

All right, Rachel.

In 4 minutes or maybe less I'm going

to try to explain predestination to you.

Let's start first with that verse from Romans

that you quoted, and what exactly does foreknew mean.

Let's read it from the Bible.

Where it says, "And now we know that all things work together

for good to those who love God, to those who are the

called according to His purpose.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined

to be conformed to the image of His Son,

that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

You have to read the whole verse.

And here you have all things working together

for those who are called, for those who love God.

And then you also have this wonderful Greek word, foreknew,

and it means that he knew you before.

He saw you from afar off.

And it's more than just he saw you, he knew you.

And you were a friend.

And I think you may already know that part.

But you've got to have that last part,

he might be the firstborn among many brethren,

the end of that verse.

And when you understand that all of this concept

of predestination in Paul's view, has to do with the cross,

and what happened on the cross.

Now within the Christian community

you have John Calvin on one side saying predestination,

that everyone who gets saved God knew from the foundation

of the world.

And those who are destined to be condemned, he knew that too.

Then you have John Wesley on the other side saying no, it's

an individual choice.

God does know from a standpoint of "he sees it

before it happens," but it's still up to the individual.

And I would say on both camps, they're

wonderful Christians in both camps.

And I'm not here to try to take a position one way or another.

I am trying to point out that what Paul is talking about

happened on the cross.

And you have to read it in conjunction

with the scriptures that talk about,

that prophesy what the Messiah is going to do on the cross.

And we have to look at it from that standpoint.

Here it is from Isaiah 53.

"It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief.

When You make His soul an offering for sin,

He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,

And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.

By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,

For He shall bear their iniquities."

Now when you look at what Jesus did on the cross,

you also have to look at Gethsemane,

did he have a choice?

And the answer, I think, from Scripture is clear.

He asked that the cup be taken away.

But then he prayed that wonderful prayer,

but not my will be done, but your will be done.

So here is the Lamb of God, Scripture

says he was slain before the foundation of the world.

And Scripture also says in Isaiah 53,

that he saw the labor of his soul.

He sees his seed, he sees his descendants.

There is another way to translate that, he saw you

and me, he saw the result. Hebrews says,

for the joy set before him he endured the cross.

So he saw the result. So within him,

if we're crucified with him, then

we identify that we were there with him on the cross.

And in that process he gave birth to us spiritually.

I think that's what Paul is talking about here.

That the called according to his purpose he foreknew.

He saw you from the cross.

He saw that you would believe.

But just like Jesus, you have the choice.

You can choose to believe.

You can choose to be crucified with him.

Or you can choose the other way.

I would encourage you to choose wisely.

We leave you today with these words from Psalm 61,

"I will trust in the shelter of Your wings."

For Wendy, for me, for all of us here, God bless you.

We'll see you again next week.

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