The Predestined and the Pretend

Romans 8:29-30
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Ephesians 1:4-5
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.  He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.

Acts 4:28
To do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.

1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.”

Ephesians 1:11
Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.

 

His Word is written to these people. The Predestined. You know who you are without a shadow of a doubt. God has spoken to you, revealed to you, His Spirit is ALIVE in you.  God created this world and has every right to choose who he wants. Not sure how I ended up on that list…but my heart and my soul is grateful.

John 6:35-40
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 
But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.  All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.   And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

God’s sovereign choice. God gives Jesus people and Jesus guarantees that they WILL come to him and he will NEVER drive them away. He will not lose anyone…if anyone is “lost” or walks away, they were never a part of us to begin with. (1 John 2:19)

John 6:65
 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

That means that unfortunately there are people in our fold that are not the real deal.

The following excerpts are from bible.org as they put it more eloquently than I can:

There is a direct link between a person’s motivation, his message, and his methods. Paul has informed us about the fruit of the wolves who prey upon the saints. He also tells us about the motives and methods of these wolves. We will first consider their motivation and then turn to their methods.

Willingly, they are servants of the flesh. It may be unknowingly, but they are thereby servants of Satan himself, furthering his purposes:

In Paul’s brief warning about wolves, he speaks of three of the methods they employ.

First, wolves prey upon those who are vulnerable. Satan has his ways of attacking the “strong,” but wolves tend to prey upon the “weak” and more vulnerable sheep in the flock. Paul informs us that these wolves prey upon “the unsuspecting.” Those whom we would assume to be “unsuspecting” would be new Christians, those who have not yet learned the fundamentals of the faith nor the cunning and treachery of Satan.

Sadly, new Christians are not the only ones who fall into this category. The “unsuspecting” includes those whose consciences have been dulled or hardened by sin or overwhelmed by guilt (see 2 Timothy 3:6-7). It includes those who are controlled by the flesh and its impulses, rather than by the Spirit. It includes those who have become too attached to the world and its pleasures. For one or more of many possible reasons, these people are not sensitive to the ever-present dangers posed by Satan and his servants.

Second, wolves deceive. Like Satan, their master, they are cunning, skilled in the art of deception. While they are sometimes bold enough to make a frontal attack, most often they seek to undermine and subvert from within. They are deceptive as to their identity and allegiance. They do not identify themselves as instruments of Satan but more often profess to be believers. They appear as “angels of light”:

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

As our Lord warned, they come as “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15).

They are deceptive as to their message. If they were to advocate license and fleshly indulgence, they would very likely do so under the banner of “grace” (see Romans 6:1ff., Jude 4). If they were to advocate legalism, it would be put forth under the banner of “obedience” or “spirituality” (see 1 Timothy 4:1-5). They, like Satan, promise one thing but deliver another (see 2 Peter 2:19).143

Third, wolves seduce with their speech. These wolves are enslaved to the flesh (verse 18, see 2 Peter 2:2-3, 7, 10-14; 3:3). They seem not to possess the Spirit (Jude 19) or at least to have turned from His leading and power.144 They do not draw upon the Spirit’s guidance and power. Neither do they appeal to others to do so. Instead, they seek to motivate and enable men by appealing to the flesh.

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved (2 Peter 2:18-19).

In order to entice men and women to follow, they employ “smooth and flattering speech” (verse 18). Their words “go down easy,” but they are “bitter” in the end.

So there you have it. Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

So there are the Elected, the non-elected and then the people who pretend to be elected. Watch out for #3…They are snakes and Paul tells us to keep our eyes on them and get away. Once away, ask God to protect you and keep moving. Like Paul in Acts 28, once bitten by the snake, he shook it off into the fire and kept moving. Leave the snakes to the fire and let God deal with the poison.

Blessings,

Amanda

 

 

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