Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 11
April 1, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<392> Thesis: Predestination is a "T"heological reality that translates into a sense of inescapable purpose. Introduction: In our last study we looked into the issue of the biblical parameters around the use of the word group involving "predestination". We attempted to make the point that the biblical concept is that of established "boundaries" within which are certain "freedoms". We used the analogy of cows kept in a pasture by boundary fences which were free to select what, or if, they would eat. Cows even have the freedom within their established boundaries to decide if they will lie down and rest, chew their cuds, or frolic in the terms of Malachi 4:2. The point is this: biblical determinism is neither fatalistic nor indeterminate. From there we deliberately looked into multiple texts of the Bible to see what things are "determined" and which things fall into the area of "tolerances". This evening we are going to return to the actual issue at hand in Romans 8:29: God's predestination of those He foreknew to be conformed to the image of His Son. What was Paul attempting to address when he directed our "predestinarian" thinking toward this particular purpose? What is "at stake" in this purpose of God?