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Published on Jul 5, 2008
Does the Bible teach that God predestines men because He "sees what they will do down the corridors of time"? Does it teach that God elects men based upon their merit? According to the Bible:
For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calls;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (Rom 9:9-13)
"So that God's purpose according to..." what? The Bible states that God, before either children had done anything good or bad, had chosen Jacob that God's purpose of election might stand. If it's true that God chose Jacob not according to his works as the Bible plainly teaches, does that not mean that his election was unconditional? Of course, hence "unconditional election".
Hear James White explain this in this sermon.
Here are three other books that will help you with the concept of unconditional election/predestination: