Those Ordained To Eternal Life Believe, Not Vice Versa

This is a fundamental and critical inspired theological principle that runs contrary to the mistaken popular notion that we must "come to Jesus" in this life in order to go to Heaven, or we are doomed to Hell for eternity. Not everyone of the nations of Israel who heard Paul preach during his first missionary trip believed. And Luke, who is considered the author of the Book of Acts, is telling us here that there is a very good reason for this.

As recorded in Acts 13:48, “And when the nations [of the House of israel] heard this, they rejoiced, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” It should be noted that when the apostle Luke made this inspired observation, the apostle Paul was speaking in the synagogue in Antioch, Pisidia on the sabbath. Please note that Christ was sent to the lost sheep, the nations, of the House of Israel. The Jews are those of the House of Judah. [Mat. 15:24; Heb. 8:8; see the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution].

A.R. Fausset noted in his commentary, “A very remarkable statement which cannot, without force, be interpreted as anything lower than this, that a divine ordination to eternal life is the cause, not the effect, of any man’s believing.” [A.R. Fausset, Book of Acts, JFB Commentary, 1871, emphasis added]. Because we were ordained to eternal life before the beginning of time, before the foundation of God’s plan, before the Earth and this universe were formed, it is why we are believers in this life. It is not, "and as many as believed were ordained to eternal life." Modern Christianity has it the wrong way around. All those of the nations of Israel will be saved, just not in the Christian age. It's all part of the plan.

This is the same point Paul made to the Ephesian ekklesia, namely, “According as he [Christ] has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world [Greek, kosmos, the orderly arrangement of God’s plan] that we should be holy and without blame [justified by the conviction of the truth] before him in love: having predestined [Greek, proorizō, predetermined, preordained, appoint beforehand] us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will … In whom also we have obtained an inheritance [Greek, klēroō, to allot a heritage] being predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise [Greek, epainos, the good example] of his glory [Greek, doxa, the majesty of his saving grace], who first trusted in Christ. [See 1 Cor. 15:23]. In whom you also, after you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest [Greek, arrabōn, good faith payment] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, [Christ's return and the first resurrection] to the praise of his glory." [Eph. 1:3-14, Psa. 82; also see the Sneakers article, Seven Prophecies, Seven Churches].

In other words, those who are ordained to eternal life, our inheritance, were predestined, chosen before the creation of this universe as believers in this age. It is in this life, after we hear the word of the truth, we are "activated" as believers, because we were ordained to it, and receive the Spirit of God, which is the good faith payment by promise from God. [See Mat. 24:14]. Remember, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth, was not available to men until our Father sent it to us after Christ's resurrection. This marked the beginning of the Christian age. [See John 15:26]. We are walking the path in this life that was chosen for us by Christ before this Earthly stage was made. Hearing the truth of the word of God triggers our belief, and joy. We are the chosen first fruits in this age. For others, their salvation lies in the ages to come. "Going to Heaven" is nowhere in the picture.

There is a reason why Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Moses, David, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Ezra and others didn’t live their lives in the Christian age. God’s plan is an orderly arrangement, the kosmos. Each age has its generations and its purpose, as does the Christian age, and the ages yet to come. This is contrary to the Roman church doctrine that "Heaven is the ultimate end." [See the Feature article, Heaven Can Wait II, The New Jerusalem]. There is much more to God's plan that lies in the endless ages ahead. Christ's return marks the gathering of the first fruits, those who first trusted in Christ before the beginning of time. It is not the ultimate end, but rather a majestic beginning of the glorious ages of God yet to come, eternal life.

We only know what is in the Biblical record up to the coming of the new Heaven and new Earth. God's plan continues from there. "To Him be the glory (that is, the whole glory of the gracious dispensation of salvation just spoken of) in the Church (as the theater for the manifestation of the glory, Eph 3:10 ) in Christ Jesus (as in Him all the glory centers, (Zec 6:13 ) to all the generations of eternal ages, literally "of the age of the ages." Eternity is conceived as consisting of "ages" (these again consisting of "generations") endlessly succeeding one another." [Eph. 3:21, A.R. Fausset, JFB Commentary].

We do not know what this entails, except we were chosen, appointed before this life, to be where we are today, on this earthly stage for the purpose of his plan. We will be proof, the first fruits of Christ, the good example of the majestic promise of his word in the ages to come. [See Col. 1:26, 1 Pet. 1:9-12, Eph. 2:7; also the Feature articles, And It's Still A Mystery, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan and The Final Prophecy: It Is Done].

“ … and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” The Greek word translated ordained here is the verb tasso. It means to place in a certain order, to arrange. The noun world, the Greek kosmos as used in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son ….” means an orderly arrangement, very similar in meaning to tasso or ordained. Again, God's plan was all arranged and set in order in advance before the foundation of our universe. This is the principle Christ explained to Cleopas and Peter on the road to Emmaus. “ … ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and entered into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself … Thus it is written [the script (ures) as it were], and thus it was necessary for Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations [of the House of Israel, Mat. 15:24,10:5, 6], beginning at Jerusalem.” [Luke 24:26-47]. To clarify the point, the preaching of repentence and remission of sins, Christianity, did not begin in Rome with the Roman church. 

We find evidence of God's plan in Rev 13:8. “And all shall dwell on the Earth shall worship him [the beast] whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world [Greek, kosmos].” Christ’s death and resurrection were all part of the plan before the beginning in Genesis 1:1. It was arranged as part of the plan before time existed for a future purpose in the ages to come.

We read in Paul's letter to Titus, "Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith [pistis, conviction of the truth] of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; in expectation of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before time [Greek noun, chronos], without beginning or end." [Titus 1:1, 2]. As time had a beginning, so too, it will have an end. [See Rev. 21:22-25; also Isa. 65:17]. The kosmos, the plan of God, for us to have eternal life, was in existence before time was created.

As noted above, "a divine ordination to eternal life is the cause of any man’s believing.” This is a distinct and different narrative than that which has been accepted by modern day Christianity of "coming to Jesus and then going to Heaven for eternity." [See the Feature article, Heaven Can Wait]. Each believer was chosen in advance for a purpose in the kosmos, God's plan. Think of it this way. Before a stage is built, before the actors step in front of the cameras to shoot a movie, a script is written. Actors are then chosen for their roles. The words they speak were determined before and written down in the script. Once the cameras roll, the actors play their parts and speak their lines. And as soon as those ordained to eternal life took our first breath in the flesh, the cameras started rolling. And to complete the analogy, the apostle Paul wrote to the ekklesia at Corinth, "For I think that God has set forth us, the apostles last, as it were appointed [as it was written in the script] to death: for we are made a theater unto the world, and to angels, and to men." [1 Cor. 4:9]. "Made a theater" in the Greek is γίνομαι, gínomai, a verb which can mean to come up on the stage, and θέατρον, théatron, a place for public show. In other words, Paul is saying the apostles had come up on this earthly stage, playing out their parts in the kosmos, the orderly arrangement of God's plan, before the angels, aggelos and men, anthropos.  

We all have our parts to play in this age, be they great or small, roles that were determined before we were born, before the foundation of the world for God's purpose. Perhaps most to the point, David wrote of our LORD, " ... and in your book, even the days of my life that were yet to be created, were written, when there were no days." [Psa. 139:16]. Before "the evening and the morning were the first day" [Gen. 1], David's life as the king of Israel had been ordained. [See the Feature article, Life In The 'hood].

So those born in the flesh of Israel, all the nations of Israel, were chosen as a special people to God. This is why it is so important for us to know our true Biblical identity, our Godly heritage, rather than believing we are a bunch of theologically orphaned gentiles. And those of Israel, those called and chosen, ordained to eternal life, are believers in this age. What then of free moral agency, the freedom to choose? While we are unaware of our lives outside of our 4-D [3 of space, 1 of time] world, [Heb. עוֹלָם, owlam], the choices, "those who first trusted in Christ," were made prior to our physical life on Earth as David made clear. And as hard as it may be to wrap our heads around, this experience we call life is about living out the choices made before Genesis 1:1. The ability to experience our predetermined lives only occurs in the dimension of time we call the present. Therefore, while those of the nations of Israel are now in this world [oikoumenē, the inhabited Earth], we are not of this world. And this is why the Biblical record is written to a very specific people, only those chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, and not to all the gentiles of the world.

This is what was written of the nations of Israel before the foundation of the world. “For you are a holy people to the LORD [Jesus, Yehovah] your God: the LORD Your God has chosen you to be a special people to himself, above all the people that are on the face of the Earth.” [Deu. 7:6]. Think about this for a moment. Israel, the House of Israel, was chosen, before the foundation of the world to be a special people, above all others. Yet, where is this knowledge among us today? We should be strong in the word of God, leading by example, given the blessings that were bestowed upon us through the birthright.

Instead, we have been brought down, betrayed by the work of our own hands. [See the Sneakers article, A Life And Death Pickle Of A Predicament]. Our birthright is being ripped from our grasp, as our daily headlines show us, because we have been foolish. In ignorance, we have chosen to be like the gentiles of the world. We are duped into believing we are just another people in the "diversity" of this Earth. [See the Sneakers article, Continuing Benefits Of "White Privilege"]. Our adversary seeks our destruction. [See 1 Pet. 5:8]. We are attacked for our "whiteness," which in reality is our House of Israelness, "a special people ... above all the people that are on the face of the Earth," though we are oblivious to this fact. [See Zionist Led White Genocide]. So we run after false gods and deceits, comforted by Santa and the Easter Bunny.

We have been the most stupid and foolish people on Earth, according to what Christ tells us. [Jer. 10:8; see the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass]. Our pastors of mainstream modern day Christianity are ignorant as well. They have led us away from the truth of our heritage. [See Eze. 13]. So we act as a choosing religion, rather than made up of those who were chosen. Whereas the ekklesia of God are those who are chosen, predestined in this age as believers of the truth of the word of God.

Also in Rev. 20:12 we read, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works.” This is referencing the second, or great resurrection. [See Rev. 21:1, Luke 21:33]. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” [Rev. 20:15]. This is the second death. The difference between Israel, chosen to be a special people to God, is that while "As it is written, all Israel shall be saved" [Rom. 11:25] by Christ's death and resurrection, all the other people of the Earth, gentiles, will judged according to their works. [Again, see the Sneakers article, What About Everyone Else?].

So, while our mortal bodies live and die in this illusion [see the Feature article, Brown Paint: Quantum Potentialities], our real lives are eternal having been predestined before the foundation of the world because of God's promise that all Israel shall be saved from the second death. This doesn't preclude the hand of God put sternly against us as the prophecies show. [See the Feature article, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor]. However, this life is vanity, nothing more than a vapour. [Ecc. 1:2]. Our spirit returns to God when we exit this life. This is what sets us apart from creatures. [See Ecc. 3:19-21].

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men [of Israel], teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world [aion, age]; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us [the House of Israel in this age], that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar [Greek, periousios, that which is one's own] people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you." [Titus 2:11-15]. Of course, as we read above in Ezekiel 34, the House of Israel are Jesus, Yehovah's own people.

Luke wrote down a divinely inspired point, "a remarkable statement," concerning the very nature of Christianity and life on this planet as we know it. It opens the door to understanding what it means to be a true Christian in this age. It is so radically different from what is the common opinion as to be revolutionary to our 21st century understanding. There is a greater purpose and scope to life. Paul made it known to our first century ancestors of the House of Israel. It is now known by you.

This Sneakers article is based in part on the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution, commentary on verse 48.

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