To the Saints at Faith Baptist Church,
Today we studied predestination: the fact that God chose you not based on any foreseen merit on your part or decision you would make. He saved you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1), when you were not looking for God (Rom 3:11). But you may be wondering, “So what?” What should this knowledge do for me? How does predestination manifest itself practically in my life?
(1) Cultivates humility. It’s sobering and humbling to know that God saved you. You’re not necessarily smarter than your neighbor, at least when it comes to salvation. This should change how you treat them, for you know that without God’s saving choice you too would be blinded by the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4).
(2) Creates thankfulness and glory to God. If you didn’t choose salvation, then you can give praise to the One that did for you.
(3) Encourages evangelism. If you know that it is God who saves, ultimately, then you will be bold to plant and water the seed of the Gospel, knowing that it is God who causes the growth (1 Cor 3:6-7).
(4) Should never lead to fatalism. Fatalism is the idea that everything is predetermined and therefore inevitable. Predestination concerns your salvation (your destiny), not every choice you make in life. You are still created with a will to make real choices. It’s just that when you are a slave to sin (Rom 6) or dead in sin (Eph 2) you have no ability to make the choice for salvation. But you do make real choices every day. Predestination should never lead you to sit on your hands and do nothing. It should cause you to be obedient and bold for the gospel, knowing that not one sparrow drops to the ground that the Father doesn’t know about (Matt 10:29).