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Is “Foreknown” More Than Seeing Down the Corridor of Time?

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God determines the future. He is not simply viewing all activity, He is causing all activity.


Romans 8:29-30 states, “…those whom He foreknew…He predestined…called…justified…and glorified.” This verse speaks to a God who is actively involved in choosing believers.  Although many falsely claim that this verse simply speaks of God passively “looking into the future,” the scripture directly contradicts this position with yet another scriptural verse.

In the Greek and English Interlinear New Testament by William and Robert Mounce, “foreknowledge” is defined as: “to appoint as the subject of future privileges and a previous determination.” This is active, not passive.

Despite this definition, many cite Romans 8:29-30 to advocate a false doctrine that purports God simply looked into the future and ratifying those who accept salvation through their own free will.

1 Peter 1:20, however, speaks of Christ’s death on the cross as “foreknown, before the foundation of the world.” Using this false passive understanding, does this mean that God simply looked into the future and ratified Christ’s death on the cross?

How utterly ridiculous that would be.

In Acts 2:23, Luke even ties foreknowledge to an active predetermination as follows: “…Jesus…this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross…and put Him to death.” Here, foreknowledge is tied to “a predetermined plan.”

Further, Romans 11:2 states that “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.” And continues with a real-life example where Elijah complains that “…I alone am left….” whereby God responds in verses 1 Kings 19:18, “…I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal…a remnant, chosen by grace.” This was not an example of passive happenstance but rather proof of God’s active planning and execution.

We do not have a God that simply looks into the future and accepts whatever happens. We have a God that is fully involved with planning and executing His will to His glory.

A God that can “see into the future” is certainly powerful. A God that actively appoints the future is even more potent.


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