Are we predestined to a life of victory or defeat? Does God determine what type of person we will be? Does God already know who will inherit His heavenly realm? What about those who will reject Him? Are they destined to Hell by the fore-knowledge of God? To the fatalists, the response is that God knows and determines everything that happens. They believe God created everything according to His predetermination. They are persuaded that some people are destined to reign as God’s chosen, while others are to be living examples of a corrupted world. Basically people of this persuasion are those who are trying to justify their rebellion against God; after all they were born to reject the Creator. They were not given a choice, so why should they try to change from a life style they have no control over?
God knew Jeremiah even before he was in the womb. He sanctified and ordained him that he would be a prophet. (Jeremiah 1: 5) So it would seem to follow that if God knew Jeremiah, then He would equally predetermine what each of His creations would be. The question we must ask is does God always choose to operate His all knowing wisdom in the creating and directing of human beings? There is no question that God has chosen and continues to choose people for His preordained purposes. But to say that all individuals are “programmed” to follow a certain path or undertaking is to not understand the character of God. God has given to every individual the capacity to make decisions for themselves. God reveals His will and then lets man decide for himself what is to be accepted or rejected. This process is known as “free will”. When we choose to pursue His ways then that Believer is predestined to be an individual who fulfills God’s desires. God calls, justifies and glorifies those who have chosen to follow Him. (Rom.8: 29, 30) In Ephesians it states that God “predestined” us to accept Jesus Christ and as a result of this we have obtained an inheritance. (Ephesians 1: 5, 11) God wants all His creations to believe in Him but He leaves the final decision in the individual’s hands. God predestined us to be Believers, but through our capacity to make up our own minds, we determine what we will be.
As long as we choose to respond to God’s leading, we are destined to become the fulfillment of His will. God knows our capabilities and if we will respond to His directions, He knows what the outcome will be. The Believing Saint is known of God and has been predetermined and predestined to meet with Him face to face one of these days. We know God’s final outcome for the Believer, but the road we travel will depend on our acceptance or rejection of His predetermined direction.