1 Peter 1:2a “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father”
I am going to cover a topic that has spawned much debate. Some would say this topic is controversial so just skip over it and move on. Why introduce a subject that may divide those who follow this blog? The answer, to do a verse by verse study I cannot skip over it. I will give you my thoughts based upon my study and prayer for understanding of the subject at hand. I will use scripture to support my conclusions because my opinion doesn’t matter, what God says does.
Verse 2 is actually a continuation of verse one. In context this is part of Peter’s greeting to Christians scattered throughout the provinces listed in verse 1. Contained within this greeting is a statement of doctrinal importance I want to look at very closely.
The Foreknowledge of God
I am going to start with the latter part of our scripture text, “the foreknowledge of God”, in part 2 we will discuss “elect”.
Common to most any belief is the fact that God can look into the future and see the end results. It is how the Prophets of old were able to prophesy the coming of Jesus; God revealed it to them. God knows the choices each of us have made as well as the choices we are yet to make. That is a hard concept to grasp. This is also how God directed John to write the book of Revelation. John talked about the end times; how else could he do that unless God, with His foreknowledge, told him what would happen. Simply put, God looked forward and gave John the information for how this world would end. Even though the concept of being able to look forward in time is hard for us to grasp it does not change the fact that God can see it.
Foreknowledge in Scripture
On the day of Pentecost, after the resurrection of Jesus, Peter stood and preached to the people about Jesus in Acts chapter 2. In verse 23 it says “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:”
Other instances: 1 Sam 23:11, Is 46:9-10, Dan 2:28-29. This is not an exhaustive list, just some examples of God’s foreknowledge.
Imagine the ability to take a decision between two paths and look into the future to see which choice would be best. As humans our minds might recall bad financial or career choices we would like to do over.
In a way God has given us the ability to see the future; God has set before us a choice of where our soul will spend an eternity. He has described for us both futures and given us the information necessary to make an informed decision. Which future have you chosen?