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Foreknowledge of God and Christ

January 21, 2021

Reverence Hebrews 12:23-24, Joshua 1:8
According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be Sprinkled with His blood; may grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

The foreknowledge of God and Christ is from the beginning of time to the end of time for all Men
The foreknowledge of God and Christ is understandable. God existed before there was time. If Christ watched God during creation, then He too was before the beginning of time. Creation was the beginning of time. He creates what He plans in His mind. Yes, God had a plan for earth, and Christ as His mediator, for His creation. His plan ran from the beginning of time to the end of time, that is the end of the millennium. God and Christ knew who would be born on this earth from Adam to the end of time. They know what their names will be, dates of their births and deaths, what they are going to do, where they will go in life, who they will marry, any children they have. It shows what you have done to further God’s kingdom, and how Christ will help you in your life time. They will know every intimate detail of their lives, down to their death. Then a new generation will take its place. God has a set of books, that I believe that were written before time began. There is the Lambs book of life, and the book at the Great White Throne judgment. This book is to show people that their name is not written in the Lambs book of life. Every person that has ever lived has his or her name in one if these books. The Lambs book of life, the people who go into new heaven and earth. The book of the Great White Throne, the people go into the pit of hell with satan, where weeping and gnashing of teeth are. These are the people who never believed in Jesus Christ and denied His existence or for the reason He came.

Knowing what the plan is from before the beginning of time to the end of time. They planned each detail and event including the death and resurrection of Christ. They planned who would live in each time frame, since God is creator, He chose who would live and how long, before any creation takes place. Foreknowledge is not only events that is going to happen, but peoples, nations, thoughts, actions, the words that will be spoken are all known before the foundation is ever laid. That is the reason God is never surprised with anything, He has known it before the foundation of the world were set in place. They know who will get sick, have diseases, who will live, and who will die, from beginning to end People only have a few details of what is going to happen, because man is only on this earth for 70 or so plus years. The other problem, we do not know our Bible, God laid out in His word when, what and where. We know better today, but Biblical literacy is way down on most peoples list to study and know.

Jesus knew what roles He would have through the centuries, Jesus started out as The Angel of the Lord, He was a messenger for God, talked to men and women of events that were going to happen, miracles of births, war, famine, droughts and deaths. He went before Israel in leaving Egypt, then He became the rear guard while they were wondering in the desert. When Israel was in the land and were attacked He stepped in. On one occassion He killed 185,000 soldiers. The Angel of the Lord watched over Israel until it was time to be sent to earth, to come into this world as a human baby, raised as a human but still possessed all the attributes of God. The leaders of Israel were impressed by His questions and answers. He showed men His glory by the miracles He performed, in healing, raising people from the dead. People born during this time with handicaps for Christ to heal, was to show who He was. The miracle of feeding 5,000, and then 4,000 from just a few fish and loaves of bread, He feed the hungry people as they listened to Him. Jesus preached His message to the poor and the rich, people that loved Him, and people who didn’t. Yes, to be beaten at the hands of sinful men, but all this was in their foreknowledge that Jesus would die on the cross for sinful men, and the resurrection was to show men, by believing in Him, they would have life after death, all they had to do was believe. Two thousand years ago, and the offer still stands for man kind, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not die. The body will die, but the Spirit goes back to God and Christ, waiting for the day of redemption, when Jesus comes on the clouds of Heaven, every eye shall see, and the sinful men of this world will groan at His sight, because they know the end is here.
God and Christ are the only ones who know who can be saved and those that are not interested. That is the reason we are to evangelize the world. To help in finding those that are lost to God’s Son, to bring them to Him, for salvation in Jesus Christ.

  1. It is God alone that can change times and epochs; It is He that removes kings, and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. 2. This sentence is by decree of the angelic watchers, and the decision is a command of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the most High rules over the realm of man kind. And bestows it on whom He wishes, and set over it the lowliest of men. 3. Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves, For rulers are not the cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, and avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil
  2. Daniel 2:21-22, 2. Daniel 4:17, 3. Romans 13:1-4
  3. Foreknowledge is not the same as the election of one person over another. God and Christ knew before hand of who would listen to there message of salvation and who wouldn’t. I believe that foreknowledge and creation also says more about our creator. In His creation, is much love for what He made for the people He made it for. Because of the love for each person, he will touch the soul of our being and transform our lives through His love. The love He has, it is for all man kind, just as He sends rain on the just and the unjust. Genesis 15:6 His love extends to all people. There will come a day that the unjust will be separated from the just and the love of God, and they will go into the abyss.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 2. The Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance. 3. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved. 4. And opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him.” .

John 3:16. 2. 2 Peter 3:9, 3. Acts 4:12, 4. Acts 10:34-35

People who lie, steal, and kill, would not be inclined in their being to speak to God. In the Bible darkness is attributed to evil, and God has said He is the light of the world. He is light, and light wins out over darkness. If we believe in the light of God and do good, people like this is more inclined to listen to God. “He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it will come to him.” Proverbs 11:27

God interjects Himself into the affairs of man, and speaks to those who want to listen.
God talks to man directly, He talked to Noah before the flood and had him build a very large boat, large enough for Noahs family and hundreds of animals. God told Abram to leave Ur of the Caldeans, go forth from his country, your relatives, and from your fathers house, to a land which I shall show you. Because God said go, Abram went to the land of Canaan with all His possessions, his wife and a nephew. God appeared to Abram again and said, to your descendants I will give this land. So Abram built an alter to the Lord there who had appeared to Him. God said of Abram, since he believed Me and did what I asked, it was counted to him as righteouness. Genesis 15:6 Abram always did what God asked, even when God ask him go to Mount Moriah, to sacrifice his son Isaac on an alter. When he and Issac got to the mountain, he built the alter and put the wood on the alter and Isaac asked Him, where is the sacrifice, Abram said, the Lord will provide. Abram put isaac on the alter for the sacrifice, and there was a rustling in a thicket, and a ram was there, and Abram slaughtered the ram and put it on the alter and offered it as a sacrifice to God, And God again reaffirmed His covenant to Abram, since he did not hold back his only son from the alter of sacrifice. Genesis 22:2-3 Mount Moriah is the Temple Mount today.

God said to Moses from the burning bush, go back to your people and lead them out of slavery of Egypt, to the land of Cannon. Because of the rebellion of the people in the wilderness, and of Moses, they wondered for 40 years, until all the original people had died, then Moses also died, and Joshua lead them in.

When Israel was going to the land God gave them, they came to the Ammonite, Moabite land. Israel asked them if they could go through, not turning to the right or the left, and the Moabite king refused. God made a law that no Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord. Because they did not meet you with food or water on the way when you came out of Egypt; and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pathor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. Deuteronomy 23:3-4

The Ammonite and Moabite people were descendants of Esau, Jacobs twin brother, that went to Egypt because of the famon, because Joseph one of Jacobs twelve sons, who was second in command in Egypt during the famon, under Pharaoh. My point in bringing this up is, in the book of Ruth, she is a Moabite, and when Naomi her mother-in-law decided to return to Israel and said to her, go back to your people, Ruth said, “Do not urge me to return to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.” Ruth 1:16 When a person makes a declaration like that, God will accept them no matter who they are or where they are from. So it is to this day, if one will turn from his wicked ways, and accept the Lord, you will be saved. My point is, God has called everybody to salvation, not all will accept. God did know before the foundation of the world who would accept and who wouldn’t. It is the individual through the generations and millenniums that has rejected God and Christ, not the other way around. God and Christ knows the persons heart. They will help anybody on the way to their walk of faith.

The Ammonite and Moabite people were descendants of Esau, Jacobs twin brother, that went to Egypt because of the famon, because Joseph one of Jacobs twelve sons, who was second in command in Egypt during the famon, under Pharoh. My point in bringing this up is, in the book of Ruth, she is a Moabite, and when Naomi her mother-in-law decided to return to Israel and said to her, go back to your people, Ruth said, “Do not urge me to return to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.” Ruth 1:16 When a person makes a declaration like that, God will accept them no matter who they are or where they are from. So it is to this day, if one will turn from his wicked ways, and accept the Lord, you will be saved. My point is, God has called everybody to salvation, not all will accept. God did know before the foundation of the world who would accept and who wouldn’t. It is the individual through the generations and millenniums that has rejected God and Christ, not the other way around. God and Christ knows the persons heart. They will help anybody on the way to their walk of faith.

In the New Testament Jesus called His 12 deciples, one died, and Paul Replaced him eventually. Many others grew up in the faith to preach the gospel and spread the word about Jesus. Paul wrote seven new testament books. The Lord Jesus who struck Paul with blindness because he was persecuting the church. Acts 9:1-19 Paul was changed because of that experience. Paul became an evangelist to the Jew and the Gentile nations. He went to most of the promentant cities of the day, from Jerusalem to Rome. Paul knew the Jewish scriptures more than anybody, Paul was raised as a Pharisee, studied under Gamaliel. (Acts 22:7) he would also be in the Synagogues on the sabbath. Jesus showed Paul at his converstion all that He must suffer. Paul suffered greatly, five times from the Jews, 39 lashes each. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times ship wrecked, one night and a day I spent in the deep, I have been in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from countryman, dangers from gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst,often without food, in cold, and exposure. Jesus told Paul what he would suffer, foreknowledge, from the foundation of times. In 1 Corinthians 11:24-27 God and the Lord Jesus was with all of them in those situations. Building them up, and at times seeing them die, by evil men because of their faith in God and Christ, that is being a martyr. Martyrs are special to Jesus, They are standing in front of the throne of God and Christ. Revelation 20:4 God and Christ foreknew all of these events.

  1. Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2. On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? the thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction. And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory. 3. With a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will. 4. 2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but sorrow of the world produces death.
  2. 2 Timothy 2:20-22, 2. Romans 9:20-23 3. Ephesians 1:10-11 4. 2 Corinthians 7:10

God intervenes into the affairs of man from creation to the marriage super of the Lamb.
God intervenes into every ones life at one time or the other. This intervention comes in the way of change to your personal life, or a change in way of an attitude adjustment in someway. Sometimes it is one thing at a time, because most people can only change one thing at a time. If you are able to multitask, Jesus can work with you too.
God and Christ has looked to the end of time, and they know what evil people will do, how long they will let thee evil plan work, how His believers will be persecuted, and killed. Don’t forget His disciples, missionaries, pastors, any body of faith, for 2000 years this has been going on. satan wants to destroy to kill the movement. God knows, and He acts to protect His name and message.

The foreknowledge of God and Christ in the Bible

  1. Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene. a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders, and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know, this man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 2. According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood; may grace and peace be yours in fullest measure. 3. Romans 8:29-30 And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose, 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. Anyone who has a relationship with God, and understands His character knows the truth of His love. He offers in salvation to all. We are to submit to Christ in yielding ourselves from pride and selfish ambition, let us surrender our life to Christ, because He surrendered His life for the purpose of saving those who would believe in God’s son Jesus Christ. Let our life be an example of our love to Him. 3. Not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. For, “let him who means to love life and see good days refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile. And let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and persue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
  2. Acts 2:22-23, 2. 1 Peter 1:2, 3. 2 Peter 3:9-12

The foreknowledge of God and Christ in the Bible

  1. Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene. a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders, and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know, this man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 2. According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood; may grace and peace be yours in fullest measure. 3. Romans 8:29-30 And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose, 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. Anyone who has a relationship with God, and understands His character knows the truth of His love. He offers in salvation to all. We are to submit to Christ in yielding ourselves from pride and selfish ambition, let us surrender our life to Christ, because He surrendered His life for the purpose of saving those who would believe in God’s son Jesus Christ. Let our life be an example of our love to Him. 3. Not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. For, “let him who means to love life and see good days refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile. And let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and persue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
  2. Acts 2:22-23, 2. 1 Peter 1:2, 3. 2 Peter 3:9-12

Conclusion
The foreknowledge of God and Christ go far beyond of what we think about every day. Foreknowledge reaches to the depth of our soul from beginning of life to the end of life. Their foreknowledge helps to look back into our lives, and ask for Christ help at any time in the future. Because He is always with us, we have what is past, and can look to the future and know for certain that His forenowledge can guide us as we walk with Christ. His foreknowledge helps us to understand His steadfast love of creation and us, That we can take what Jesus says, and know that it will always be when we come and go in Christ, He remains the same today, tomorrow and forever. Hebrews 13:8. All this to say, “so that we confidently say, the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid, what shall man do to me? Hebrews 13:6
To general assembly and the church of the first born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. I Peter 1:2

Amen, and Amen

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