Today in the daily devotion called, Every Day With Jesus by Selwyn Hughes, Hughes talks about predestination and as this topic has come up several times recently I thought I would share with you what he says. He is referring to John 17:2 “For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.”
“Does this mean that a group of people were chosen at random away back in eternity and appointed to be heirs of salvation? Or does it mean that God, foreseeing a certain group of people would genuinely repent and accept Christ as their Saviour, marked them out as the possessors of salvation? Great theological debates have raged over these and similar questions. Whatever view we might hold, one thing is sure: our salvation was forethought, foreseen and foreordained.” Then he ends with a prayer, “O Father, how wonderful to know it is not as the result of a chance occurrence that I am saved. I did not ‘accidentally’ come to You. I came because I was drawn – drawn by a Power that reached out to me from eternity. I am so very gratefully. Amen.” Amen and Amen.
(PS Selwyn Hughes died in January this year but apparently he was a long way ahead in his writing schedule so we are going to be blessed with his writing for quite a few more editions of Every Day With Jesus.)Selwyn Hughes