When I teach on predestination I like to talk about the ancient Jewish wedding customs. It was the custom that when a Jewish couple’s first born son was born (let us say the father is a black smith). Within a day or two after the birth of his eldest son the father would visit the black smith in the next village, to arrange for the marriage of his eldest son to the often yet to be born daughter of the other black smith. With the two blacksmiths having arranged the future marriage of their children, the father of the first born son would return home and write in the book of the family tree, both the name of his first born son and the name of the yet to be born bride.
To put it in biblical language, the father of the bridegroom did foreknow and did predestined the daughter of the other blacksmith, to become the bride of his first born son. (Ephesians 1:4 – 5 & Romans 8:29 – 30)
The Jewish father of the first born son wrote the name of his son’s bride to in the family book before she was even born.
God the Father has written all our names in the family book. God our Father predestined all of us who have ever been conceived or ever will be conceived to be the bride of Christ. This he did, not just before we were ever born but before the foundation of the world. And what do we call this book? We call it the Lamb’s book of life. (Rev 13:8)
Because we are all predestined to become the bride of Christ, we are also all predestined to become the sons of God.
Although the blacksmith’s first born son and his bride to be would grow up knowing they were predestined to marry one another, there would be no dating or courting as we know it. When the groom was old enough to earn a living, he would visit the home of his bride to be and he would pay the bride price for his bride. Then he would leave is bride to be in the care of her father and/or guardians and return home.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God our bride groom has come from his Father’s house in heaven. He has paid the bride price by dying on the cross for our sins. We are no longer our own we have been brought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19 – 20 & 7:23). Having paid the bride price, the Son of God has for now left us in the care of our guardians, the law and our earthly guardians. Although they no longer own us or bind us, they are responsible to God the Father for our care and guidance until the day of our wedding to the Son of God.
Although the Jewish bride had been brought and paid for by her bridegroom and was no longer her own, when the time came she could still refuse to marry the one she was predestined to marry. Likewise although we have all been predestined to become the bride of Christ we also all have the right to refuse his hand in marriage.
If the Jewish bride to be said NO! The bridegroom would depart from her. But he would be very persistent and come back to again and ask her to become his bride. If she still said no, he would keep on coming back again and again many times to ask her to become his bride. Until one day the father of the groom would say it is too late, it is time for my son to be married. So the father of the groom would then open the book of the family tree and blot the brides name out of the book.
God the Father having written all our names in the book of life before the foundation of the earth, no longer adds names to the book of life, but he does blot names out of the book of life. Those who sin and those who continually reject God the Father’s first Born Son as their bridegroom will have their names blotted out of the Lamb’s book of life.
The Bible does not talk about added the names of those who are save to the book of life, it talks about blotting out the names of those who sin. (Exodus 32:31 – 32 & Revelation 3:4 – 5)
May God bless you and all that is yours abundantly.
From God’s servant
For those wanting to know more about predestination and the bride of Christ, I recommend you read my book “We Are The Bride of Christ.”