Predestination is the single most controversial understanding of WHO God is. The sticking point that all individuals have, IS, whether we, creation, have a part to play or not when it comes to our salvation in Jesus Christ. Do we have a say so? Do we have a choice to make whether to choose Christ and His Salvation, or don’t we? And if we do have a choice to make based upon our own power to choose, does that then save us and give to us our Eternal Life? The answer to this question is the sole foundation upon which God our Creator has created all things.
There is only one Truth ⇾ God the CREATOR and HIS 2ND CREATION, which the Father is creating in order to serve and worship Himself in RIGHTEOUSNESS. The first creation is the sacrificial means by which God our Creator will be able to perfect His 2nd Creation of Glorified Sons of Power in His RIGHTEOUSNESS alone. There is nothing else to behold or experience.
The Truth that God has sent Jesus Christ His Son to die for sinners, has been far too long viewed from a creational point of view. By God’s Grace, we must stop looking at the Cross from our position of separation and start looking at it from the Creator’s perfecting perspective. The true question to ask then is this, did the knowledge of the fall come first into God’s Mind or did the cross come first? In other words, did God foresee in His Mind that sin was going to enter into the equation because of man choosing the wrong Tree, and so because of man’s choice to separate himself from God’s presence, this would then in return require God to now send His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ to redeem creation back to Himself? Or is the opposite the case? Did God need an environment for His Son Jesus Christ TO experience the Cross in order to be perfected by, and so sin was required to enter into God’s Plan in order to make the sacrificial cross possible? These are the only 2 understandings in which ALL mankind perceives the Creator and God according to.
Under the first belief of predestination, God is in an “Eternal Realm” somewhere outside of time, acting as some fortune telling magician who is gazing into a crystal ball just hoping to see some of His creation choosing to believe in Him as God. And then being so happy and relieved when He does spot a believer, that God then rewards that one to be predestinated to become a recipient of His Salvation. First off, that would mean that God must first create creation without predestinating anyone. And only after their choice to believe in Him, would God, in His Eternal Realm, then have to go back to before the foundation of the world, before mankind’s birth, and predestinate those who have already chosen to believe in God’s Salvation (sometime in the future), so that when they are once again born into this world they will then receive His forgiveness of their sin in their allotted time. Sounds a little like Buddhism to me.
Or maybe before God created anything, He somehow in His Mind was able to predict every single possible outcome that could ever transpire within mankind. And so, according to the googolplexianth of possibilities, God is then able to somehow figure out who is going to choose Him and who is not. My question about that is this, does God in His Mind in any way influence any of mankind’s events or any of their outcomes, Or does He just let chaos run wild in order to see who will sincerely grovel before Him, so that He will then know who to save out of their plight in order to serve Him from there on out? And if that truly is the case, how then does God know that the ones who do believe in Him during this 1st creation won’t at some point in the Eternal Future, stop believing in Him, seeing that their foundational work for God’s Salvation is founded on their will alone to be saved out of the 1st creation’s horrible mess? Surely once out of that mess why would they still need God anymore? I wonder, has God looked at all of those possibilities too? Maybe He has. Maybe once one does believe, they are then sealed to never fall away from God in the future. But, wouldn’t they still go throughout eternity knowing that it is they who believed in God, and so have Eternal Life because they have willed it to be so?
Let us just say for argument’ sake that the first belief of predestination is the truth, then that would also mean that someone who is covered in the darkness of their sin of unbelief, would be able to, by their own power, be strong enough to see through their sin in order to create a Righteous work of belief that would be pleasing unto God. And only after their work of believing in God, would God then be able to forgive them and save them out of the rest of their sins. My question then is this, if we are able, by our own power, to create a Righteous work of believing in God and His Salvation, then why can’t we by our own power also deliver ourselves out of the rest of our unbelief towards God? Where do we draw the line at?
The answer to why creation believes in all of this nonsense is because this is creation’s way of selfishly holding on to their little bit of power given unto them by God, by claiming that they themselves are able to create works that put themselves equal with God Himself, rather than giving to God His Glory due. Some will say, “Surely God doesn’t create us to be robots just to worship Himself”. “Why would God want anyone who doesn’t first freely come to Him out of their own love towards God to serve Him willingly?” “If we don’t have a choice, then wouldn’t that just make us all slaves to do God’s bidding out of a bitter heart towards Him for all eternity?” How absolutely confusing all of that is, none of it makes any sense whatsoever! The same answer though that is given about the trinity is also given about predestination, “We will never fully understand God and His ways for they are higher than our ways”. That though, is no longer a viable answer for the Bride in these end times.
God is creation’s Creator. What does that really mean? It is God who alone creates, period. Creation does NOT create anything, period. Yet, how can I say that, when creation obviously does create works? Creation is only a manifestation of God’s Eternal Creative ability. In other words, if creation does create a work it is because God Himself has caused creation to create that work in order to give back unto God Himself, through His creation, Glory that Glorifies Himself as being the Eternal and All-Powerful God. So, once again, it is not creation who is creating, but God Willing it to happen in and through us for His pleasure. So, what part does creation really play in any of this? Nothing at all, other than us being the Transistor through which God pleases Himself. There are many benefits though, that we as creation do experience in being God’s creation. First and foremost, we are consciously aware that we do exist, whereas before God had created us, we simply didn’t exist. We also now enjoy all the experiences that come with being God’s Transistor. God’s Blissful and Eternal Power courses through our very spirit. And very soon, once we do experience our FULL Inheritance in God at His Rapture, we will be filled with the FULL Power of God’s Eternal Life. We will feel exactly as God Himself feels, for all Eternity. But before we do experience our Eternal benefits in God, we first must experience that we are God’s creation who cannot create. How is that even possible to experience?
In order to really understand the full scope of God’s Predestination, we must delve a little deeper into the Heart of God’s Plan of Redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord. God didn’t send His Son Jesus Christ because the Father’s creation had rebelled towards Him and were now lost and blind. No, that is not the case at all. Rather, to Righteously create God’s Sons, God needed to first create an environment for His Sons to be LOST in, so that the Father could then send Jesus Christ His Son to be first perfected Himself, and thus then perfect the rest of His Sons in the midst of their helplessness and separation from Himself. What is this Perfection that I am talking about?
As I have mentioned in my prior sermon on THE GODHEAD, God’s Eternal Plan is to create a wife who will Love Himself back with the same Power and intensity that He Himself Loves Her with in giving to Her HIS VERY EXISTENCE. But before She can truly Love God as Her creator, She must first experience, be perfected, that Her Life Itself does not come from Herself, but rather that It comes from God. How was God going to do this? The rest of this sermon will explain this in greater detail.
God's 2nd creation
Mankind views God’s Predestination according to their current position within God’s 1st fallen creation. Because all of mankind has been born into this life according to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they think that God is predestinating certain individuals out of their current corrupted state, to be placed into the highly coveted position as God’s Elected Sons, while God at the same time turns around and damns the rest of His creation to Eternal Fire. And whether mankind agrees with this viewpoint or not, it is upon this carnal point of view from which all predestinational arguments are founded. “How can God pick and choose who will have Eternal Life and who will have Eternal Death?” “That doesn’t even seem fair at all if God really is a just God!” Or, “According to God’s Great Wisdom, God just knows who will serve Him better, after all, how are we to know exactly what every man is thinking in His heart?” Truly though, all mankind sees themselves as if they are all deserving of eternal life, as if they themselves have created themselves, and also have the power within themselves to continue to exist by themselves. Truth be told, deep in the core of every man’s heart, man thinks that they are actually gods themselves (The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). If, this is the truth, then why is this the truth? It is because God has created His 1st creation to be this way for a Righteous reason.
God’s 2nd Creation is His ONLY TRUE Eternal Creation. God does NOT CHOOSE His 2nd Creation based upon the 2nd Creation’s actions or according to their choice to believe in Him as their God. The very opposite is the Truth. God’s judgment to Create His Wife is based solely upon His WISDOM AND POWER AS GOD TO CREATE HER TO BE OBEDIENT UNTO HIM long before they ever breathed their first breath. It is this 2nd Creation that God has Predestinated all things and Created all things according to. The Last shall be First, and the Older shall worship the Younger. The 1st creation is “THE HOW” in how God is going to create His 2nd Creation to be Righteously Filled with His Eternal Life. God doesn’t choose anyone out of His 1st creation to be His Elected Sons, but rather God scatters His 2nd Creation down through time within His 1st creation in order for His 2nd to be tried by the 1st’s refining fire. God’s 1st creation is only a temporary thing in which God has sacrificially made within Himself, in order to PERFECT His Eternal Life within His 2nd Creation of Eternal Sons. There that word PERFECT is again. So, what does it mean to be Perfected in God’s Righteousness alone?
For God to Create His 2nd Creation in Righteousness, His Wife must Know and have Experienced that She Herself has NO Power to Create Life in and of Herself. Because to Create, is to be God. Only God has the Power to Create Life. For His Wife to have a CHOICE to make in believing God and His Salvation, is the same thing as having the power to create. For His Wife to Create that would mean that She is also God, causing God Himself to be UNRIGHTEOUS. Well, if She is to Create Works of Love to Worship and to Glorify God back with for all Eternity, how then is She to do this if She is not God, but His Creation? O, She will create works of Love to worship God with, but it will be done from a position that gives all Honor and Glory to God for giving to Her, Her very Existence. In order for God to share with His Wife His Eternal Life, to make Her His EQUAL, He must FIRST cause Her to experience what it means to NOT have Eternal Life, before He can then Righteously fill Her FULLY with His Eternal Power. SHE MUST EXPERIENCE EXACTLY WHO SHE WAS BEFORE GOD GAVE TO HER LIFE ⇾ NON-EXISTENT!
To not exist is to not exist – No knowledge No Life NO nothing. How can God’s Wife experience then what it means to NOT EXIST, while at the same time Existing so that She may know and experience Her Non-Existence? Her initial birth MUST BE founded in a state of complete powerlessness to do anything in order for Her to TRULY KNOW what it means to NOT EXIST. Only then can God raise Her up to be His Equal, and command Her to Create a Righteous Work of Love towards Himself. Because then She will have EXPERIENCED that it is NOT by Her Power that She Creates, but by God’s Power alone. She will have been PERFECTED in knowing that She is God’s creation, Created to Worship the Creator by the Creator’s Will alone. When She is filled with God’s Eternal Power, She will not covet it or be prideful of it, because Her core foundational work will be founded upon not having any power to do anything until God gives to Her the Power and Command to Create. How then does God plan to cause His Wife to be PERFECTED in this state of powerlessness while still existing?
God’s 1st creation is God’s PERFECTING TOOL that creates His Righteousness within His 2nd Creation. The 1st creation is the environment in which God causes His 2nd creation to be born into a state of being powerless and separated from God their Creator. God’s Sons are born into sin which separates them from the very One who gives to them their very Life and Existence. During this state of separation, their sin causes them to experience their powerlessness, for they are unable to raise themselves up out of their works of death to be joined back into the presence of their God and Father, who alone is the Author of their Life. The purpose of God’s 1st Creation and all of those born under its Law, is to show to all of us that we CAN NOT create any works, unless God Himself ordains us to do so. No one can fulfill the Law, which is us experiencing our NON-EXISTENCE while at the same time us being in a state of knowledge and existence. Only when God causes His Sons to Create will they then Create Works that are Righteous (by Jesus Christ’s Work), causing them to cast off their WORKS OF NON-EXISTENCE, which in return Births them into Eternal Life. The purpose of the Law is to show to God’s Sons that they have no power, even to Create a work of Choice. ⇾ For I was alive without the law once: (When? As a Pharisee) but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not (Has No power to choose Life). For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Rom 7:9-25) So who makes up God’s 2nd Creation and by what means does God create His 1st Creation of separation?
God’s Wife, His 2nd Creation, is made up of a precise number of Sons of God. Each of God’s Sons is given a small portion of God’s Spirit in order to create them. All of God’s Sons combined, including all of God’s Elected Angels, make up exactly half of God’s Spirit. God has formed each of His Sons according to His Eternal Plan within His Mind, and He has precisely placed each of them within God’s 1st creation, where each of them will experience their own portion of God’s Eternal Will in their elected period of time. Every last Son of God is accounted for, and every single Son of God will come into God’s salvation, because they are all ordained to and predestinated to become that which is going to Glorify God and bring to Him His Pleasure. Every Son of God personally performs a crucial part within God’s Plan of Redemption and Salvation. Each work they perform, brings Light and Life to all subsequent generations of Sons to come, and they all add to the overall whole of God’s Predestinated Body. Without the first and subsequent generations of Sons, the last generation of Sons would not be able to SEE or PERFORM or be PERFECTED in their own portion of God’s Plan and Will in their hour. Because, only by taking what God has already done in and through His past Sons, can God’s present immature Sons be nourished and grow, causing them to become mature that they may now come into their own present Revelation. And without the last generation of Sons, the first and subsequent generations of Sons would not be PERFECTED themselves, because it will only be through the last generation of Sons that all other generations shall receive the RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. ⇾ For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: (Eph 4:12-13) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:17-19) And these all, having obtained a good report through Faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should NOT BE MADE PERFECT. (Heb 11:39-40) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Rom 11:33)
So, God has Predestinated His 2nd Creation of the Sons of God unto His Salvation, but what about those in this 1st creation who, when they physically die, go to hell and suffer eternal damnation? These individual sinners, just as the Elected Sons, also are made up of many pieces of God’s Spirit. All the wicked combined, including the wicked Angels, make up the other half of God’s Spirit. This other half of God is the sacrifice of Himself, so that He may, in and through His wicked creations, perfect His 2nd Creation of Eternal Sons. Yes, the wicked too are all precisely created and placed within God’s Plan and timeline, predestinated to perform exactly what God Himself has ordained each one to work. The works of the wicked are needed and required by God, in order to cause His Elect to experience their powerlessness, so that God can then empower His Sons to raise themselves up out of the works of the wicked, praising God as they take flight. The wicked are of God Himself, they are His Righteous working Will, bringing to Himself His Rightful Glory. Without creating the wicked by the sacrifice of God’s Spirit, there is absolutely NO way that God would be able to Create His 2nd Creation.
So then is SIN Righteous? If we view the wicked by themselves and our sin by itself, it is all very unrighteous ⇾ for God does not tempt without PURPOSE. All of our works are selfish works which we have created to bring ourselves pleasure and glory. There can be only ONE GOD! But, if we view both the wicked and the Resurrected Sons of God together FROM GOD’S VIEW, then we see the PURPOSE in why the wicked and our sin were created. Temptation, and falling into temptation, is the only way to lay the ground work for God’s Sons to experience God’s Resurrecting Power unto Eternal Life. If we view our sin by itself from a creation’s viewpoint it is very unrighteous, but when God’s purpose of our sin is revealed to us, that without our sin there is No New Birth, then Sin takes on a whole New Image ⇾ Which is truly why there is now no more condemnation to those of us who are Born after an Endless Life. Sin then has purpose and is considered a Great and Righteous Sacrifice of God. For truly it is God Himself who has caused Himself to be put into a deep sleep within the wicked, so that God could create the Righteous environment in which to birth His 2nd Creation in and through.
Why can’t the wicked then be saved also? Because, to save the wicked, is to take away from God Himself. For it is God’s Spirit broken apart into countless pieces that makes up the entire wicked creation. And to save any of them would be to take away from God, and that would be unrighteous. All of them must be placed into the Lake of Fire, so that all their works of sin and death can be undone ⇾ the undoing of their souls. And only after their destruction, will God Himself bring together His Spirit and step out of the devouring Fire.
God is doing this for Himself, and He is going to get ALL of what He has purposed to come to pass! Every single piece of His Spirit is currently within ALL of Creation at this moment. He has planned and purposed ALL of His Spirit, before the foundation of the world, to create very specific works that as a whole, Creates a Wife. A Wife, who in the End, will not only have Glorified Herself in God’s Righteousness, but who will also Redeem God Himself out of the corruption that He has subjected Himself unto in the very beginning of Genesis 1:1. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:19) None of God’s Spirit will be wasted or come up short from fulfilling exactly what He commands it to create. And in the End will God Himself EXPERIENCE the Glorious Work and Praise of His Wife in waking Himself up out of His Sacrificial Sleep! ⇾ Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Cor 15:24-28)
Note: John Wesley woke up God’s Bride to ONE thing, FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD ⇾ SANCTIFICATION. Wesley believed in “The Just shall live by Faith”, but something was missing. Only after Wesley experienced the WORKING of Christ’s Faith, which RELEASED his heart from the heaviness of his sin (heart being purified by his Faith being FULFILLED), did Wesley go forward preaching the Love of Jesus Christ to the world. What John Wesley did not do was correct or add anything to John Calvin’s teaching on predestination. And though more needs to be added to Calvin’s Revelation, saying Wesley brought us back into the middle of the road of us having some sort of choice to make is just not the truth at all. If anything, Calvin’s teaching is lukewarm compared to what God is revealing in this hour about His Predestination.
We are in the hour of God’s Rapture/Resurrection. When, the Father in Jesus Christ empowers Him to wake up His Bride, God will, in part, be woken up within us. He will then go forward in us and destroy the image of wicked. But truly the ultimate destruction of the wicked in the Lake of Fire is not for their torment and suffering, but for the sake of waking up the Rest of God. This is the hour when God will begin to receive His Glory. Matthew Espenlaub