What the Bible says about predestination

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In any conversation about predestination, election, and God’s will in the act of salvation, two verses from Romans 8 are usually cited:

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29–30)

These two verses are some of the most scrutinized in the Bible, so let’s take a moment to unpack them in more detail to see what they tell us about predestination.

See what Douglas Moo says about Paul’s understanding of predestination:

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Advice on studying Romans from Douglas Moo

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We recently sat down with Douglas Moo to talk about some challenges students face when studying Romans. Take a look at what he says.

And be sure to check out his new online course, The Book of Romans: History, Meaning, and Application.

I’ve talked to Christians over the years who say, “Oh, I’m not ready to study Romans yet, that’s too heavy for me.”

You’ve probably heard it taught maybe from the pulpit, maybe you’ve taken a Sunday school class on it. You’ve read it. You’ve studied it perhaps even in Bible study.

Romans is a book that addresses many of those fundamental worldview issues. What does it mean to be a Christian? What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? How is it relevant to me and to my church?

I think some of the reasons we therefore…

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What is justification?

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In Romans 1:17, Paul writes: “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’”

This does not refer, in so many words, to “justification by faith.” However, the idea is clearly expressed: God’s righteousness is “by faith from first to last.” It is the one who is “righteous by faith” who will gain spiritual life.

What does this mean? Douglas Moo explains:

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You Can Love Him or Hate Him, but You Can’t Ignore Him: Augustine on Grace–An Excerpt from Grace Alone

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“Grace is the heart of the Christian gospel. It is a doctrine that touches the very depths of human existence.” (19)

In today’s excerpt from Grace Alone–Salvation as a Gift of God, Carl Trueman, professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, reveals the importance of Augustine’s thinking as a foundation for the church’s understanding of this magnificent gift.

9780310515760Grace Narrated: Augustine’s Confessions

The history of theology is essentially a story. How one tells that story, which characters and places and actions receive prominence, will vary from historian to historian. But when we look at the “history of grace,” an undisputed key figure in that history is Augustine, fifth-century bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa. Augustine’s life and writings profoundly shaped all later debates about grace.…

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Software Sale: 50% Off Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Original and Revised Editions

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Right now, both the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 volumes) and the Revised Edition of EBC (13 volumes) are 50% off at Olive Tree Bible software. These deals will disappear on June 20, 2017.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series set the gold standard for expositors—for understanding the biblical authors and teaching their message today.

But which of the these series is best for you? Olive Tree published a helpful blog post about their similarities and differences.

Here’s more context:

From the original series

Written primarily by expositors for expositors, [this series] aims to provide preachers, teachers, and students of the Bible with a new and comprehensive commentary on the books of the Old and New Testaments. Its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. Its…

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Counterpoints eBooks on Sale: $1.99 and $3.99

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All of the Counterpoints eBooks are on sale right now for either $3.99 or $1.99, which means you save up to 83%. See the deals now because this sale ends on June 11, 2017 (11:59pm ET)!

What’s special about the Counterpoints series?

Counterpoints volumes offer you expert dialogue on issues important to Christians.

Each Counterpoints volume—for example, let’s take Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church—contains multiple expert contributions. Each expert presents their own perspective, but also responds to their fellow contributors. So in the volume on homosexuality you’ll find

cases from William Loader, Megan K. DeFranza, Wesley Hill, and Stephen R. Holmes plus each contributor’s responses to their peers

This unique “dialogue” format helps you compare, critique, and evaluate different views on important topics. You will be able to think more deeply about these subjects…

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Christian Behavior in a Hostile Environment – An Excerpt from 1 Peter (SGBC)

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In today’s excerpt from 1 Peter, the newest installment of the Story of God Bible Commentary series, Dennis Edwards teaches us about behaviors that foster Christian unity, and how we are expected to behave in a hostile environment.

9780310327301First: LISTEN TO THE STORY

1 Peter 3:8–12

The sideways glances, insults, and dismissive attitudes that Christians sometimes face in our North American context are far from what might be called persecution, but they can still hurt. The way that we respond to those who demean us says much about the nature of our faith. When we respond well, we display the character of our Lord Jesus himself. Responding well means taking a “high road” when bullied and not retaliating in kind. Peter echoes the…

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How the Spirit Gives – An Excerpt from Rediscovering the Holy Spirit

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In today’s excerpt from Rediscovering the Holy Spirit, author, pastor, and theologian Michael Horton reveals that the work of God’s Spirit is far more ordinary and common than we realize. Horton argues that we need to take a step back every now and again to focus on the Spirit himself—his person and work—so that we can gain a fresh dependence on the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives.

rediscoveringholyspiritHow the Spirit Gives

Along with exploring the distinctness of the Spirit’s person and operations in the external works of the Trinity, my goal in this study has been to highlight the ways in which the Holy Spirit is identified in Scripture with not only—or even primarily—that which is extraordinary, spontaneous, and…

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Software Sale: Word Biblical Commentary Set — Save at Least $800 on WBC

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Right now, the Word Biblical Commentary set is on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch software retailers.

If you act now, you will save at least $800. This is a very steep discount—you pay an average of just $6.56 per volume!

Don’t wait, because this sale ends May 22, 2017! Here are the deals:

Browse at Logos – 66% Off

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How will the Word Biblical Commentary help you?

The WBC series will help you build deeper theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. Gain a thorough understanding of the Bible through historical, textual, linguistic, structural, and theological discoveries collected within the series—equipping you with balanced insight into the meaning of the biblical text.

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What Is the Purpose of Bioethics? – An Excerpt from the Dictionary of Christianity and Science

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Our new resource engaging the intersection between science and faith, The Dictionary of Christianity of Science, gives you access to key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and much more to help you engage in these important discussions. In today’s excerpt, we give you a sampling of an article about bioethics by the moral philosopher Francis J. Beckwith.

(Go to ChristianityandSciencebook.com for limited time bonus content that includes slide decks, a poster, and year-long access to an online course on Genesis taught by Tremper Longman III)

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9780310496052BIOETHICS. Bioethics is an interdisciplinary endeavor primarily involving the study of moral issues in health care and the life sciences for the purpose of providing ethical guidance for practitioners in clinical and research settings.

Work in bioethics can be found in a variety of academic and…

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eBook Sale: New Testament Commentaries

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Save up to 81% on eBook commentaries ranging from Matthew to Revelation in our biggest New Testament eBook sale of the year.

You will find deals from several popular series including:

NIV Application Commentary Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Story of God Bible Commentary Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Revised Edition) and more

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New and popular volumes include:

The Sermon on the Mount (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Scot McKnight is 65% off. Mark (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Mark L. Strauss is 68% off. Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Michael Bird is 64% off. Ephesians (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Mark D. Roberts is 65% off. James (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on…

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But What About Genetic Enhancement? An Excerpt from the Dictionary of Christianity and Science

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What is the relationship between Christianity and science? How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry?

The answers to these questions are finally here. The Dictionary of Christianity of Science gives you access to key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and much more to help you engage in the interaction between science and faith. In today’s excerpt, we give you a sampling of an article about genetic enhancement by the moral philosopher C. Ben Mitchell.

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9780310496052Part of the larger project of human enhancement, genetic enhancement is a means of augmenting the human genome or genetic blueprint to create “better humans.” The idea of manipulating the genetic structure, or DNA, of living entities dates back at least to Gregor Mendel’s experiments with pea plants. The Human Genome Project — the effort to…

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