The name (singular) not written [ou gegraptai to onoma]
in the book of life from the foundation of the world.
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In the beginning Adam was in the garden where he walked and talked with the Lord. Adam hadnít produced any offspring, and we were all in him as he fellowshipped with God. Likewise, we were in him when he fell and departed from the Lordís fellowship. We all fell when Adam fell. We didnít choose this state of separation; we were born into it, for it is after the fall that Adam began to begat.
This separation is the reason for our redemption. Scripture tells us: all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.Rom 3:23 Jesus paid the price for all our sins:† he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world:1John 2:2 God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.John 3:16
In spite of what scripture tells us, there are still people who hold to the doctrine that Jesus did not die for all. They believe that the Lord predestined whom the saved would be, and whom would be condemned. They will protest that they only say that the saved were predestined, but scripture tells us† whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.Rev 20:15† So, if they are saying who will be saved is predestined, they are also saying the condemned are predestined.† I never will forget the one man who rebuked me for saying Jesus died for all:† Heaven Forbid that He shed one drop of His precious blood for one of them!
There a number of errors leading to this doctrine. One is that although the overwhelming majority of the texts, the Byzantine texts, the Alexandrian texts, the Hort & Westcott text, and the Hodges and Farstad majority text, the name not written is singular [ou gegraptai to onomata],Rev 13:8 & 17:8 it is plural in the Textus Receptus (Received Text) and in the KJV which derives from the Received Text: The names not written [ou gegraptai to onomata]Rev 13:8 & 17:8 appears in the two verses in which it is singular in all the other texts. The defenders of this doctrine often cite these verses ignoring the other texts, which is the error.
Another part of the problem is that the holders of the predestined to salvation doctrine are† adopting another unscriptural doctrine, a doctrine of a higher canon. Scripture tells us† Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GodMatt 4:4 and All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.2Tim 3:16 They do not give equal regard to all scripture. They give the scriptures, which† theyíve read first and used to formulate their doctrine, higher authority than the scriptures they later encounter, which would correct their doctrine. When it is already established in their doctrine that our coming to faith and being saved was predestined, for example,† the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils1Tim 4:1 no longer means the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. The verse is filtered through the verses to which they have deemed higher canon. Likewise, he that endureth to the end shall be savedMatt 10:22 no longer means he that endures to the end shall be saved, and† whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting lifeJohn 3:16 is changed to say whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. In short it is a different gospel, not the word of God. He will never leave us, but we are free to leave Him.
Another part of the problem is the confusion of predestination with foreknowledge; they are not the same.† Foreknowledge is the knowledge before hand of something that will occur later.† Predestination is determining or causing before hand something that will occur later, and includes both foreknowledge of the occurrence and causing the occurrence. For example, both we and God know the Lord will return, but we merely know it and have nothing to do with determining it. We have foreknowledge. God, on the other hand, knows of it and is the cause of it. He has predestined it.† God does know who the elect will be, and speaks in His word to us, the Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.1Pet 1:2 It is foreknowledge, not predestination. What is predestined is that the ones, which He has already seen chosen at the end through His existence outside time and space, are the ones who will be conformed to the image of His Son: whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.Rom 8:29 He has predestined that the elect will be conformed to the image of His Son, the way an employer predestines that his employees will be high school graduates, He chooses the ones who are conformed to the image of His Son.
What is predestined is the church, the body of Christ, not who will be in it. The reason the church is predestined is that the Lord promised to reveal all He would do to His prophets:† Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.Amos 3:7† Yet, He kept the church a secret:† the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.Rom 16:25† Since the church was predestined, it was something that was already done. It was not something He would do, which would have to be revealed to the prophets. So the church remained secret through the Old Testament.
Run, that ye may obtain,1Cor 9:24 so that ye come behind in no gift waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ1Cor 6:7