Foreknowledge or Already Written?

August 28, 2011

Bible topics

When you talk to most believers they have a hard time really (truly) explaining how God knows everything.  They understand what prophecy is and what it does but they really do not understand how God knows these things.  They usually say that He knows all because He transcends time and He is able to go ahead (into the future) and see what takes place….  Well let’s think about that for a moment.   Does God really need to “look ahead?”  Are there really any surprises with God?  Does He “know all” or does He have to peek into the future to find out?  God is omniscient (all knowing) He knows everything because He wrote everything.   In essence He has written a book and is now watching it take place.   Here is a little deeper explanation of it.

I believe that all things have been written and God did not have to look ahead to see the outcome. He knows all. He is the author and finisher of our faith and He is the beginning and the end (Heb 12:2, Rev 1:8).

He knows “all” because He wrote it.

God is at rest because He has confidence in His word. He knows it will accomplish what He pleases (Is 55:11).

The world was framed by His word (Heb 11:3).

We enter His rest when we see the word as it is (Heb 4:3).

God created good works for us beforehand, that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10).

Scripture References:

Hebrews 12:2 (Amplified Bible)

2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Revelation 1:8 (Amplified Bible)

8I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord God, He Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty (the Ruler of all).

Isaiah 55:11 (Amplified Bible)

11So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Hebrews 11:3 (Amplified Bible)

3By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.

Hebrews 4:3 (Amplified Bible)

3For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest, in accordance with His declaration that those [who did not believe] should not enter when He said, As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest; and this He said although [His] works had been completed and prepared [and waiting for all who would believe] from the foundation of the world.

Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

10For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Please share your thoughts about this subject.

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3 Comments on “Foreknowledge or Already Written?”

  1. blogsense-by-barb Says:

    Well said! What some fail to grasp is that in the pro (before)- vision, God has also figured in to His novel, the free will choices of each & every individual! YES, this goes beyond human apprehension! But that is the great joy to those of us who follow Him and those who have yet to receive the greatest gift ever given! We are not yet without sin, but we are forgiven as we brings our failures to the throne of grace. He is never surprised, however! Never!

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  2. Maggie Says:

    God is the Alpha and the Omega. He always was and always is and always will be. For God, time is not linear; therefore he knows everything because he was always there.

    One of the mysteries of God is that he knows our entire lives and whether or not we’ll get to heaven, but at the same time, if God already knows where we’re going, why does he make himself accessible to us through prayer and reconciliation? Why would he bother sending his son to save us if he knew already which of us would be saved?

    That’s something that always confuses me… the concept of free will versus the concept of God knowing all. I can’t even explain it adequately.

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    • Mitchell Says:

      Hi Maggie, I believe that God has a perfect and personal plan for each of us. Now this plan is not so specific that He has our clothes picked out every day and what we will eat but more-where we will be living and what we will be doing (Acts 17:26). He also has certain circumstances lined lined up for us to meet people or be in the right place at right time etc.

      I think the best answer might be. He is God. He created us for His own pleasure.

      God is fair and just and I believe the ones who end up going to hell, never belonged to the Lord in the first place (Matt 13:24-30).

      I will maybe have a follow-up post about “once saved, always saved.”

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