Romans 8:26-30/ Predestination (Sermon notes only)

Posted on December 6, 2013


This is the thirty-second in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of December 1, 2013. This message deals with issue of predestination. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.


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Romans 8:26-30

This verse reminds us of two things:

  1. we are not alone in our weakness (spiritual or physical)
  2. We are not alone in prayer

We don’t know how to pray, that’s why we need the Holy Spirit. He directs our prayers, if we let Him

The Holy Spirit is the Searcher of hearts, as such, He knows our needs perfectly. In addition, He knows perfectly the will of God. Therefore, the Intercessor prays only for what God Himself wills.

All things work for good for those who love God, and those who are called according to His purpose. Notice that not everything that happens is good, the Bible never says that. It simply says that all things work together for good. Neither is this promise for everyone, it’s only for His children, and according to His purpose, which is revealed in v.29.

Predestination can be a mind boggling prospect, but it is essential in understanding God’s purpose, which was alluded to in verse 28. Let’s start by asking some simple questions.

  1. Who did He predestine? Those who He foreknew. (Any Predestination is based on God’s foreknowledge.)
  2. What were they predestined for? To be conformed to the image of Christ.
  3. Who did He call? Those who were predestined by His foreknowledge.

At this point, it is important to understand that it is not God’s will that any should perish, so there is an open invitation to all men, as God seeks to draw all men to himself.

2 Peter 3:9

John 12:32

However, not all will believe.

We will probably never understand all of the complexities of the eternal relationship between God’s sovereignty and man’s free will. What is clear is that God’s purpose for people was not an afterthought; it was settled before the foundation of the world. People are to serve and honor God. If you believe in Christ, you can rejoice in the fact that God has always known you.

It is also important to understand that nowhere does the Bible say that some people are predestined to heaven, while others are predestined to Hell. The closest we can come to that is Ephesians 1:5. That verse; however, does not negate God’s foreknowledge, or the requirement of faith.

All have equal opportunity for adoption, and God predestined (by His foreknowledge) those who would answer the call. In a nutshell, God predestined (predetermined) the believer’s destiny, which is to become like Christ.

Normally, when people hear the word “predestination”, they think of Calvinism. However, Calvinism falls short on a couple of points. On the other extreme, is Arminianism, which also falls short. The only standard we should have for testing doctrine is “thus saith the Lord.” If it doesn’t meet that standard, then we must dismiss it.

Lets look at a few key points:

  • Christ died for all:

John 3:16

Romans 10:12

  • All have an opportunity for salvation:

Romans 2:11

Romans 10:13

  • Salvation must come through Christ:

John 14:6

  • God draws all:

John 6:40

John 6:44

John 12:32

  • Jesus already knows who will answer the call:

John 6:64

Predestination is a Biblical reality, but pure Calvinism is not.

Calvinism is summed up in these 5 points:

Total depravity (true)
Unconditional election (true)
Limited atonement (false)
Irresistible grace (false)
Perseverance of the saints (true)

We have demonstrated, through Scripture, that limited atonement is false. Christ died for all, and draws all. Also, anytime someone rejects the Gospel, they have resisted God’s grace. Therefore, irresistible grace is also false. 3 out of 5 points is not bad, but Calvinism does miss the mark by a little. Even more egregious, is arminianism, which is the doctrine of extreme free will. Under this belief, salvation can be lost. If that is the case, then salvation must be of works, not of God. Under such a doctrine, Christ is not truly trusted to be sufficient as a savior. Thankfully, salvation is entirely God’s gift! In fact, we must remember that salvation is entirely the work of God, and dependent on man’s faith (not works, but faith). . . all at the same time.

Ephesians 2:8-10

God’s love is eternal, His wisdom and power are supreme. The Bible makes it clear that salvation is available to all, and accepting it or rejecting it is an act of free will.

God calls, justifies and glorifies, and in that we can rejoice.

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