BIBLICAL CONCEPT: Summary of Gods eternity past salvation activity for humanity
1. Gods carefully planned eternity past salvation activity happened in this order: Counsel, foreknowledge, predestination, calling and election.
Counsel summary: In eternity past, the Triune God of the Bible carefully designed
a salvation plan guided by His foreknowledge and
included human volition. This counsel (purpose, design) glorifies God and gives confidence to Christians: Salvation, history and our inheritance are not arbitrary but carefully planned.
3. Foreknowledge summary: From eternity past, Gods foreknowledge carefully planned our salvation. Human volitional choices were included in Gods sovereign foreknowledge. Predestination, calling and election flow from Gods foreknowledge: God was not arbitrary in His predestination, calling and election.
4. Predestination summary: Predestination is part of Gods careful plan from eternity past which flows from His foreknowledge and thus is not arbitrary but evangelistic and inclusive, volitional, insures history and is confidence building.
5. Calling summary: Gods call is part of His careful plan which insures that the Gospel will be preached and includes human volitional choices apart from works. Gods call encourages the living of the special Christian Way of Life.
6 Election summary: Election is the climax of Gods carefully planned Eternity past salvation activity: Election follows Gods foreknowledge, predestination and calling. Election takes into account human volitional responsibility regarding Gospel, faith and Christian Way of Life. Election concerns Christian encouragement, security and reward.