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"God’s Foreknowledge at Work"

July 24, 2005

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The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith. Galatians 3:8

Some 70 years ago the head of a large electrical appliance company was shown a crude television camera and picture tube developed by one Vladimir K. Zworykin in the laboratory. The chief executive, seeing no future use for such devices, ordered, “Put that guy to work on something useful.” Human vision of the future is limited, even for experts in their fields.

Omniscience – total foresight and knowledge of all things, including the future – is only to be found in God. The psalmist declares, “Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD” (Psalm 139:4).

As the Sovereign Lord of history, God is able to declare, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come” (Isaiah 46:10). Saint Paul tells the Galatians “The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the Gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you’” (Galatians 3:8-9).

God foresaw the fall of the human race into sin, and from eternity He planned its salvation. At the fullness of time He sent His Son to be the world’s Redeemer. He, the Messiah, was born of God’s chosen nation, to whom belonged “the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises” (Romans 9:4). Yet God provided for the Gospel to be proclaimed also to the Gentiles, desiring them also to be justified by faith in Christ, the same as Abraham and his descendants. To this foreknowledge and foreordination of God the Scripture testifies.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for including Israelites, Gentiles, and me in Your plan of salvation in Christ. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 89, 92    Psalm 91    Philippians 3

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