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A Study on Predestination by Pastor Wilder Voltaire of Dominican Republic:


 

I will be talking about the salvation or having eternal life, in this case, please, I ask you to turn off your “free will” or turn off your “choice”. And say to our Father right now: “Father, Your will be done on earth as it in heaven.”

In the social or economical side of our life God allows us to use the “free will” but still controlled by Him. Paul says: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” 2 Corinthians 9:6. He is talking about giving which is the social side of man’s decision. He gives us an option here. Reap sparingly and reap bountifully are an option. And if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10. This is a social option or economical option. We can use the free will here. But we must remember there is a price to pay for every decision we have made which is under this sentence: “for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”. Galatians 6:7. That’s up to us. It is an option.

You can use the free will to take sword against your brother, but remember what our Lord said: “for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Matthew 26:52. In the same social order, using your free will, Solomon added: “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment”, Ecclesiastes 11:9. But when you try to do evil against the chosen or elect or predestinated of God, He will transform it in good in His chosen behalf. Please, read what Joseph said to his brothers: “you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good” Genesis 50:20.

God said to Abimelech: I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her (Sarah). Genesis 20:6. Don’t put hand against the chosen of God because it’s against Him you’re doing it. He gave Abimelech a choice: if you do not restore her, know that you shall truly die you and all you are yours” Genesis 20: 7. Sarah a chosen of God, when you attack the chosen of God you’re attacking God. I want to remind you that your “free will” is under control of God.

And Paul also says the same thing: “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (predestination). Romans 8:28. Therefore your “free will” is still limited by God.

But thinking about salvation or having eternal life, you must turn off completely your “free will” and don’t even think in it. Just put in mind that your “free will” did not, does not and won’t work. The only thing we’re allowed to say: our Father, “Your will be done”. When we talk about salvation or eternal life we are talking about the Pearl of great price Matthew 13: 45. We are talking about the Hidden treasure, Matthew 13:44.

I am talking about a pearl that’s better than thousands of shekels of gold and silver. I am talking about something we cannot buy with gold and silver. It is not an open or posted treasure so everybody should be able to see it and touch it but a treasure which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has revealed to the saints of God. It is a predestinated treasure for predestinated or chosen or elect people. For this same reason, Peter call us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special people. Our Lord Jesus put it clear here: Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in peaces” Matthew 7:6. It is impossible to obtain a pearl of this nature by our own choice or free will. Your free will can take you to any country in this world; with your free will you can buy any luxury car or house, you can go to any college according to your choice and your economical level but to have eternal life or to go to heaven is not a product of your choice or your free will but a product of Mercy of God, choice of God, gift of God before our flesh existence. Solomon says: whatever one is, he has been named already, for it is known that he is man; and he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he, Ecclesiastes 6:10.

I had a long time teaching the Word of God telling the people about the plan of salvation of God for the men. I have excluded the predestination in the salvation process because of the “free will”. I thought under the “free will” banner that any man could decide or not to go to heaven. I thought the man could contribute in his salvation through his “free will”. I thought that the man, at least could do something from his own to be saved. I thought that the man had to have some qualities like: social or moral or intellectual and economical level to obtain the salvation that our Lord, by grace, gave us by His own blood. I thought that the man got saved because he was a nice man or bad man, he never did wrong things or did too many bad things; or for some reasons ether bad or wrong that God has chosen him/her. Especially when I read verse 16 of John 3 which says: “whoever believes? . Verse 18 also:

“He who believes in Him is not condemned”. Also, when our Lord said: “For God so loved the world”. I want to confess that before you today: I was completely wrong.

Some college students told me the other day in the moment I was doing a study with them about “Predestination”, that they have “ free will” to listen to me and not listen to me or to accept what I am teaching and not to accept it. I said that you might have “will” to do either one but not “free will”. I based on what Paul says here: “For it is God who works or produces in you both “to will and to do” for the good pleasure of His will” Philippians 2:13. That “will” you have, comes from God and the “decision” you make, also comes from God. That is the reason Paul says that: God produces in you: to will and to do. For this reason Christ says this: I Am the Alpha and the Omega that means: the Beginning and the End. Revelation 1: 8. Christ is the Beginning and the End of our life or of our salvation.

The decision to go or not to go to heaven does not come from nobody but from God. God does not give the free will to us to decide about having eternal life or not. God just gives us the “will” to fulfill His purpose. Please, read this with me: The ten horns and the Beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. Open eyes here= For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, Revelation 17:16, 17.

Now about having or not having eternal lifef, God already decided it before we were born. He already predestinated it before we came to this world. So we cannot decide of something that already appointed by God before our existence. This is the predestination. That’s where God decides to show us a part of His real power. He gave us something that we do not deserve and nobody can be against His decision even us as predestinated. Read this with me, please: “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16. And the other side of the Bible, Jeremiah in his side said: Than I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name. But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not. Jeremiah 20:9. And also God wanted Jonah to fulfill His purpose in Nineveh but Jonah tried to act differently by going to Tarshish. God forced him to fulfill His purpose. Jonah 1. God did not give him an option. The same thing that happened to Lot after the angels of Jehovah urged Lot to hurry. The angels did not give option to Lot or they did not allow him to use his free will. And while Lot lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand and the hand of two daughters and they forced him to get out of the city. Genesis 19:16.

I saw and heard some preachers of prosperity urging their followers to pray or to do intercession against the purposes of God upon the evil nations by hungry, sickness, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and all kind of pestilences. For money, those false teachers, preachers, prophets and pastors, they bless whoever they want to bless, they curse whoever they want to curse, they become blind spiritually, and they think they can reverse the purpose of God with the power of money or knowledge they received from human schools; they give you a positive word of prophecy with the right hand and they receive a check from you for that positive prophetic message with the left hand. To those Jude was very diligent to say: “woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. Jude 1-13.

Those false preachers, prophets, pastors and evangelists must wait for the accomplishment of verse 6 of Ezekiel 33 that says: But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

Everything relative to our salvation in Christ is already predestinated by God before we were born or before we got what we get today, or before we were what we are today. Our bachelor degree or even we do not have bachelor degree, our economical level, either one, our cultural level; our race cannot help us to obtain this salvation. Either one cannot contribute with this great mercy of God in our behalf. We got everything about obtaining eternal life before all these things. Many from us, for lack of wisdom, follow today the way of Simon, the one who practiced sorcery, thinking they can buy, today, with their money or their riches, the gift of God. Acts 8:18-20. That is the reason why there are in the churches today, big pastors, big bishops and little pastors and bishops, or big names and little names. God did not choose us because we were big or little; because we were rich or poor; because we were whites or blacks or because we were good members or bad members; because we were Baptist or Methodist; or Pentecostal or not Pentecostal. When He had chosen us we did not even know good or evil.

Please read this with me: (For the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls) Romans 9:11. v.12: it was said to her: “the older shall serve the younger”. v.13: As it is written: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated”.

Who can reverse this decision? And Paul asked this question: O man, who are you to reply against God? Romans 9:20.

It is ungodliness, when the preachers of free will, through the altar calls; they urge the people to come to accept Christ. We cannot accept Christ, in reverse that God who accepts us to believe in His Son, which is a grace. Please read with me this: No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day John 6:44. This is not a question of “free will” but it is a question of God who calls or draws. Otherwise we should not use the word “Predestination”.

Even the donkey and the colt that Jesus used to go to Jerusalem were predestinated. Matthew 21:1-5. Read this with me, please: Jesus said to them: “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her, loose them and bring them to Me. v.4: All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet. Saying, v.5: Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey”. Zechariah 9:9 read it also.

Even those who are disobedient, those who have their eyes blinded and their heart hardened were predestinated or appointed to be like that. Let’s read this together: Lord who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their heart, lest they should turn, so that I should heal them. John 12:38-40. They were appointed or predestinated to be blind and to have hardened heart.

And Apostle Peter, in his side, says this: Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone, and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. Open eyes here= the stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 1 Peter 2: 7, 8. They were appointed or predestinated to be disobedient.

Jesus answered them: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. John 9: 1, 2. That blind man was predestinated be like that, in order for the works of God should be revealed in him.

When Jesus heard that Lazarus, His friend, was sick, He said, this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through him. John 11:4. Even the death of Lazarus was also appointed to happen like that. My brothers and sisters nothing from, about, by, for, with, of, per or for God was by accident and nothing will be a product of accident. Because for of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Whom be glory forever, Romans 11:36.

The salvation is not a question “of him, who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy”. Romans 9:16. It is not a question that you want to be saved or you decide to be saved today or tomorrow but it is a question of if God calls you. Or if you were appointed or predestinated to have eternal life like those Gentiles in Acts 13:48, read this with me please: “Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed or predestinated to eternal life believed. They were predestinated to eternal life. What you want the predestinated to do? To reverse the purpose of God which is mightier than them?

My brothers and sisters, before you bring this woe against you or before to be in trouble with God, let’s read these verses together for testimony sake: Paul says: O man, who are you to reply against God? Romans 9:20. And Isaiah also said: “Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; for shall the thing may say of him who made it, “he did not make me”? 29:16 and Isaiah keeps crying: “woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him who forms it, what are you making? Chapter 45:9.  Job did not stay in silence in this subject, he said: “For He is not a man, as I am that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together, Job 9:32. Job could not take God to court for the decision He made against Job, me either. May be one of you today should do it taking God to court for the decision of predestination He makes. Because He creates two groups, He decides, by Himself, to love one and to hate the other one. Like He does with Jacob and Esau: “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated” Romans 9:13. What I like in God’s decision is: He made His decision before they were born. He predestinated them before they knew this world. Let’s read verse 11 together: (For the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls). Two groups: God for the good pleasure of His will, He decides to create two vessels, one for honor and another one for dishonor. That means, God by His own power and under the concept that His gifts and His calling are irrevocable (Rom. 11:29), He decided to predestinate one group for destruction and another group for eternal life. Anybody who does not like it this way, take Him to court and send “Nato” against His army. Remember that, they must be able to answer Him those questions one by one:

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Who determined its measurement or who stretched the line upon it?

To what was its foundations fastened?

Or what laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and issued from the womb;

When I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band;

When I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors;

When I said, this far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!

Have you commended the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,

That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

Have you entered the springs of the sea?

Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?

Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?

Where is the way to the dwelling of light?

And darkness, where is its place, that you may take to its territory, that you may know the paths to its home?

Have you entered the treasury of snow, or have you seen the treasury of hail,

Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?

By what way is light diffused, or the east wind scattered over the earth?

Has the rain a father?

Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

From whose womb comes the ice?

And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?

Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?

Can you set their dominion over the earth?

Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you?

Who has put wisdom in the mind?

Or who has given understanding to the hearts?

Who can number the clouds by wisdom?

Do you know it, because you were born then, or because the number of your days is great? If you think that you are older than anyone of these things. Answer these questions.

Then prepare yourself for a couple more questions:

God keep asking you: Would you indeed annul My judgment? You would you condemn Me that you may justified? (Job 38 and 40.)

You must answer those questions by the time you try to correct Him for the decision He has made according to His will.

Stop questioning your Maker on the decisions He made. Especially when we read beautiful thing like that: “Now when heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. This one here= and as many as had been appointed or predestinated to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48. That means before they were born. God predestinated them to eternal life, according to the good pleasure of His will.

Let’s read another one again, I like that:”Praising God and having favor with all the people, and the Lord added to the church=eyes here=daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:47. They were predestinated to be saved. Our Lord added in His church, no somebody else but our Lord Jesus, not through your beautiful musical instruments or your beautiful building, He added His chosen in His church by His own power. You do not have to do nothing for that, you don’t need to be a great singer, or a great preacher, or nice or not nice person, nothing and nothing, absolutely nothing from your part. The Lord has a time for each one of them or His chosen people to bring them in. that is why we say that your choice does not count in the salvation subject. The only we must say: Father: “Your will be done”.

According to Paul you may have will not free will. But it is God who produces that will in you! Let’s read it again: For it is God who works in you both: to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13. For this reason the Lord, our Lord says: I am the Alpha and the Omega that means: the Beginning and the End. Revelation 1: 8. Christ is the Beginning and the End of our life. Let me say this again: we can use our free will in the other things relative to this earth, even limited by God, but not for salvation or to have eternal life. Something you have appointed to, before you were born, you cannot do anything to reverse it or to change it or to add something in it or to take away something from it. The only thing we must do and say: Father,” Your will be done”.  

Question from student  

One of my Bible students asked me this question: if I am appointed to the eternal life, can I sin? If I sin, what will happen to me, will I lose the eternal life? If I lose the eternal life I was not appointed to eternal life or I have free will here to keep it or lose it, right?

Answer to the student:  

According to 1 john 1: 8-10: “if we say that we do not have sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. V.9: if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all 9

unrighteousness. V.10: if we say that we have no sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  

We, as predestinated people, are not called to live in sins but in sanctification. We can sin, if we sin, He gives us a way of justification which is the confession. If we confess our sins, through the will that He produces in us, He will forgive us and cleanse us and put us just and cleaned. If you die in sins or in rebellion or in disobedience, it was because you were appointed to it. Apostle Peter says that: “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. They stumble, being disobedient to the word, eyes here= to which they also were appointed. 1 Peter 2:8. There is a group that was appointed to be disobedient. That means they will die in their sins according to the purpose of God. For this reason, our Lord says that:”For many are called, but few are chosen”, Matthew 22:14. If that person dies in sins that means he was called but not chosen.

The chosen, elect or appointed of God won’t be lost. Because the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29.

Jacob was a chosen one, he sinned. Moses was a chosen one, he sinned. David was a chosen one, he sinned. They were not lost. God will bring His chosen people back to Him the way He wants it. Please read this with me: “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down”, Acts 15:16. God will not let His chosen down or lost. When I am talking about chosen, I mean the both Gentiles and Jews, because in Christ there is no difference. The both saved by grace. Let’s read what the Apostles say about that: in Acts 15:8-11:

v.8, “So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us,  

V.9, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  

V.11, But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they”.  

Even the intercession in the saint’s behalf was under the predestination discipline.  

Let’s read together in Romans 8:26, 27:

V.26: Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us groaning which cannot be uttered.

V.27: Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, eyes here=because He makes intercession for the saints according to His purpose. Purpose of God. The Holy Spirit intercedes in the chosen behalf but according to God’s will or God’s purpose or God’s plan.

Apostle John, in his side, says: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14.

Like I say that we cannot count on our free will which must be completely off in God’s plan or God’s purpose about our salvation. This is a question of His will, His purpose or His plan. In having eternal life or not, we do not have subjection or objection. Anything that you might think you have comes from God. Please read these verses to see if something good or bad should come out from you in order to contribute in your salvation: For it is God who works in you both: to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13. For this reason the Lord, our Lord says: I am the Alpha and the Omega that means: the Beginning and the End. Revelation 1: 8. Christ is the Beginning and the End of our life. Because for of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Whom be glory forever, Romans 11:36.

Paul says this: who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it? 1 Corinthians 4:7.

John Baptist said: “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven”, John 3:27.

Paul says: who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 1 Corinthians 3:5

Paul again says: So then it is not of him, who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows the mercy. Romans 9:16. I do not know about you, I do not see the free will here in any of these verses. And I do not see my contribution here where I can say: at least something comes out from my own to have eternal life.

Adam had the free will in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but not in the true of life.  

The word free will may come from two words: Knowledge of good and evil. Two words: Good and Evil. That is the free will. The free will means we make the choice we want between good and evil. This choice or the free will belongs only to one tree which is the knowledge of good and evil. We have the free will to use anything relating to the fall tree. (Good and Evil). Knowledge of good and evil, on earth, according to the nature of the fall tree, made us to become like God, to know good and evil. Just good and evil. God does not say: we have become like one of Them, to live forever. But to know good and evil, only on earth. There are two Trees: Tree of Good and Evil and Tree of Life. Tree of Good and Evil considered as the tree of slavery and death and tree of life is the tree of real freedom and resurrection. That was the reason the Lord, Jesus, our God, said to those Jews: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. That means a real freedom. It’s the fall tree because the man reached it or knew it through disobedience which caused the fall of the man. The tree is not a bad tree. The action the man used to reach the tree of knowledge of good and evil was bad. And also God allowed him to reach it in order to show His power today in our Lord Jesus-Christ Whom is the Tree of Life. Or the True Vine.

When God said that: and now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever” and when He sent him out of the Garden of Eden that because He did not want him to use the free will on the Tree of Life like he did on the Tree of Good and Evil where the free will concept was born. For this reason God put the man out of the Garden of Eden. He did not allow the man to use his free will on the Tree of Life. That the reason why God placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, eyes here= to guard the way to the tree of life, Genesis 3:22-24.

(To guard takes me to the following nouns: Restraint, constraint, control, cooling off, these take me to: hindrance=thought control, these take me to: prohibition=restriction=limitation, confinement; Hobson’s choice, no choice or zero option. This is the basic characteristic, against the free will, of the Tree of Life. Zero choice.

That’s exactly what Paul says which many preachers of “free will” do not want to understand or do not believe: So then it is not of him, who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows the mercy. Romans 9:16.

Through this parable, Jesus referred to “none choice concept or “zero option concept: Matthew 20: 1-15:“For the Kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

V.10: Those who were working early in the vineyard, they tried to impose their idea or option over the owner of the vineyard, and the owner told them:

V.15: “Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? No choice, no opinion from workers. This is a question of zero option.

An also when I look for the nouns Hindrance, this takes me also to interruption =defeat=obstacle=block, these take me to: stumbling block and finally it takes me to: Stumbling Stone which is Jesus Himself. Apostle Peter says: “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed or predestinated. 1 Peter 2:8.

I am talking about none choice or zero option of the Tree of Life which is Jesus-Christ. Genesis 3: 24 says: God placed cherubim in the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life. When the Bible says: to guard, we can think in the following sentences: to preserve the way to Jesus-Christ, to block the way to Jesus-Christ, to hid the way to Jesus-Christ, or to transform the way of Jesus-Christ in a secret way to the man specially against the free will, or hidden way, the way became a mystery, the way became a pearl of great price, the way became a hidden treasure which we cannot get through our own ways and the free will.  

The way to the Tree of Life represents Jesus-Christ. This is what He said in John 14: 6: I Am the way, the truth, and the life. That means that He’s the Way, He’s the Truth and He’s the Life. And He keeps saying in John 15:1: “I Am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. That means He’s real Tree and His Father is the Vinedresser.

Now we can say like this: Jesus is the Way, Jesus is the Tree and Jesus is the Life. in another word: Jesus is the Tree of Life.

The knowledge of good and evil cannot help us to understand the Way of the Tree of Life’s nature. It is too deep for the preachers of the tree of knowledge of good and evil to understand it. That tree is a natural tree, the free will tree, the natural prosperity tree. You can use human concept to understand the free will tree’s nature. Its knowledge cannot reach the way of the Tree of Life or the none free will Tree.  

Paul is speaking to those who know God through the free will tree (Knowledge of Good and Evil). to those who know its science or its mystery which makes them to be like God by knowing good and evil, in Romans 1:18: “for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

V.19: because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  

V. 20: For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. They know God through the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They know its nature. Those who study almost 700 different kinds of sciences and studies know what Paul is talking about. All those sciences come from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But none of them can help us to understand the way or the mystery of the tree of Life. When the Bible talks about the way, God means: the plan of the Tree of Life. Inside of the Plan, we see the following words relative to it: design, method, program, systematization, calculation, pattern, guiding principles.

And also He means the nature of the Tree of Life; inside of nature, we also see: character, quality, constitution, center of life, inner person, vital principles, unquestionable, unchallengeable, irreducible, private, secret, essentially, fundamentally, substantially.

And also God means: Manner, inside of manner, we can see the following words: mythology, system, resources, power base, machinery, mechanism,

And also He meant, when He is talking the way to the Tree of Life, Habit; inside of habit we see: Custom, Second nature, rule and norm. And also God meant: Behavior, when He blocked the way to the Tree Life. Inside of Behavior, these words figure in the list: Conduct, comportment, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, and social science. God also meant: Entrance, access, penetration, immigration, door, get in, jump in, entranceway.

God also meant: Space, inner space, psychological space, the realm of the mind.

Testimony: I made a big mistake in my life, being a minister; I went to study law in order to become a professional, to know how to express myself better, to understand the way or the secret of the Tree of Life. Many another ministers in my town also did the same thing, some of them studied psychology.

I did not understand that time that all those sciences belong to the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. Or the free will tree. We can live well on earth knowing these sciences but to go to heaven or to have eternal life we do not need them. To know the secret of the Tree of Life, we do not need them. To know the behavior pattern or behavior norm or the behavioral science or to know the habit, the second nature, the rule, the psychological space, to know the door, to know the power base, the constitution, the substance, the systematization or the schematization, to know the guiding principles, the philosophy of the Tree of Life, we do not need any of these sciences. We do not need the human wisdom to understand the entranceway or vital principles of no choice Tree of Life or zero option Tree of Life.  

First of all, to understand the secret or the privacy or the incognito, the anonymity or the confidentiality of the Tree of Life, Paul urges us do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

And then, we can understand what our Lord meant when He said that: This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. John 6:39.

And also He said: No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44.  

Now, by having a renewed mind, we must understand that God who draws us to Christ, it is not us who draw ourselves to Him through the free will. I am talking about salvation. I am talking about going to heaven. I am talking about having eternal life. Here there is no human wisdom, no human science, no choice, and no option from us or by us.

We must know by now, it is not a question of him, who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. Romans 9:16. Now we can understand through the renewed mind what our Lord Jesus-Christ meant here: For assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see, what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it, Matthew 13:17.

Certainly many people want to have eternal life, maybe through the free will, they cannot get it. Because it is not a question of their desire or their will or their choice but it is a question of God who shows mercy. God must draw him/her first. God must call him/her first. God must decide first. The good thing is, God already decided for us before we came out to this world. We did not even know good and evil; He already determined our spiritual future. Please read this again with me: For the children not being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls. Romans 9:11.

V.12 and 13 of this same chapter say: it was said to her, the older shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.

A question: did Esau do something wrong to be hated by his Creator or did Jacob do something good to be loved by his Maker? Did Jacob and Esau can reverse things that are greater than them?

If I feel desire from my heart to look for God, it’s because God talks to my heart to do that. Let’s read what David said: O LORD, my heart said from Your part, seek My face, Your face, LORD, I will seek. Psalms 27:8.

God must talk to our heart first to give us the desire to do what He wants us to do. And to be able to do what He wants us to do, He’s the One who gives us this faculty of doing it. He gives the both verbs: to will and to do according to good pleasure of His will. Let’s read again this: For it is God who works in you both: to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13.

Through the renewed mind, we must know that the human’s wisdom is totally excluded in the salvation given graciously to us by God through the good pleasure of His will. We must know that we do not need the wisdom comes from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil or the free will tree to understand things relative to the Tree of Life.

That is the reason why Paul said: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent”. 1 Corinthians 1:19.

Paul asked those questions in verse 20: where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

Paul keeps saying: However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 2 Corinthians 2:6.

V.7: but we speak the wisdom of God in mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.  

V.8: Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

That’s exactly the meaning of what God did by placing cherubim in the Garden of Eden to guard the way to tree of life. I told you already that the way means: the guiding principles; the constitution; the behavior pattern; the behavioral science; the intellectual access; the unquestionable wisdom of the Tree of Life. That wisdom was blocked which Paul called the hidden wisdom.

Question: when it had being hidden? Answer: Paul answered: ordained before the ages for our glory. Question: this wisdom was predestinated or ordained for what? Answer: the same Paul answered it: for our glory. Question: who’s glory? Answer: Paul answered: Glory of the predestinated. Let’s say that again, everything about us to have the eternal life through the graceful predestination provided by God, were predestinated and ordained before the ages. They are unfixable, unquestionable and irrevocable, they are under no choice or zero option commandment.

The intercession in behalf of the saints was predestinated, Romans 8:26, 27. Every single word in the intercessions is under God’s control. Therefore, God does not need any man’s intercession for His saints or predestinated especially the prosperity’s intercession which belongs to the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. This kind of prosperity (earthly prosperity) is at level of every man through the free will concept.

Tribunals or courts, Jesus said when they will bring you to the courts or tribunals and authorities do not worry about how you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say Luke 12:11, 12.

Through the renewed mind, we must know that even what we (the predestinated) will say in the tribunals or in the courts was predestinated. So our words won’t depend on what we have learned from human schools or men wisdom or anything relative to man. Those who believe in the free will message; they count on their education degree and on their money to justify themselves as a good or educated or wealth Christians before the judges or the authorities. But those who believe in the zero option or no choice Tree of Life count only on God’s providence under the predestination concept.

That no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:29. Our Lord said: For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him, Matthew 6:8. God predestinated people to support Paul’s ministry. Read this with me please: Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.

After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.  

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleated with him, saying, come over to Macedonia and help us. Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them, Acts 16: 6-10.  

We see here that Paul had no choice, no free will or no option to go wherever he wanted to go to preach the word but he was under the Holy Spirit’s control. He had unquestionably to go to Macedonia to preach the word according to the purpose of God. Not only God had a great predestinated people in Macedonia but God predestinated them to be cheerful Paul’s supporters.

Read this with me, please: And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what was lacking to me the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. The will of Paul to go to Mysia was going to have no effect because we do not know what we should pray for as we ought. But God made it in the way He wanted which left effect and an economical blessing for Paul.

That was the reason Paul himself said: all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28.

Through the renewed mind, we must know also, the things that we need and will need are already predestinated to us. Before we ask Him I do not need to tell Him to give me the most beautiful house in the city, or the most luxury car of the year. Because He knows already what I need. If He predestinated me, He predestinated me with everything that I was going to need in order to fulfill His purpose, the way He wants it. That is the reason why He does not allow me to use anything from my own in order do not glory myself in His presence. Therefore I have no choice in fulfilling His purpose.

I am not talking about this world prosperity like: beautiful or luxury cars, houses and money etc. for these things, God allows us through the free will to get them. But the free will is still under God’s control. The free will is a characteristic of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But we cannot use the free will in the Salvation which gracefully has given to us by God through His only Son Jesus, our Lord.

The two Trees of the Garden of Eden.

The tree of knowledge of good and evil represents the works of God. Everything we have to get through the free will, we may think in the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge of good and evil represents all natural things given by God as a natural gift to the men. The tree of knowledge of good and evil is the constitution, guiding principles or pattern or schematization to understand the natural sciences or the approximately seven hundred (700) sciences and studies that God allows them to discover in the tree of knowledge of good and evil so they might know the good side and their bad or evil side of each one of them. They know it and refuse to give thanks to God for these natural gifts trough the tree of knowledge of good and evil and even allow them to go to the moon.

Read the reasons for them to go to the moon and their intention, I mean, those that God allows through the natural gifts to know Him and they might give Him praise and glory. I got it from the internet:

HR 1641 lists many reasons to go back, and indeed hits the high notes of increased knowledge of science, developing advanced technology, improving our long-term economy, and inspiring young people.

China and Russia, understanding the economic and strategic importance of human space flight, have declared their intentions of colonizing the Moon and are advancing their lunar exploration plans.  

But when we go back to the Moon, it shouldn’t be a race. I want us to go back to stay. Get there, set up shop, figure out how to establish life there and then sustain it. This is astronomy.

About staying there, having shop or figuring out how to establish life over there, I do not know but only God who has the power to accept or limit their free will of colonizing the Moon. But this great knowledge of science cannot help the astronomers to understand things about the Tree of Life which is Jesus-Christ our Lord and God. That great knowledge of science belongs to the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. That was the reason why Prophet Isaiah said this: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the understanding of the prudent shall bring to nothing”, Isaiah 29:14. Let me say that again: any natural science or anything relative to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil can help its wise men and women to understand the way or the secret of the Tree of Life. We must be called by God and be born again. Otherwise, a foolish thing or weak thing like me, I should not be qualified to become a branch of the Tree of Life which is the True Vine.

Now I do understand what Paul meant here: God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. 1 Corinthians 1:27.

THE TREE OF LIFE, represents Christ, our Lord and God; The One who said: I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life, John 14:6. The One who said: I Am the true vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser, John 15:1. The One who said: I Am the Door. John 10:9. The One who said: Before Abraham was, I Am, John 8:58. The One who said: I Am the First and Last, Revelation 1:17. The One who said: I Am he who lives, and was dead, and behold I Am alive forevermore. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death, Revelation 1: 18. The Firstborn from the dead, the Ruler over the kings of the earth, the One who says that: I Am Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End; the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. The One who answered and said: after Philip said to Him: Lord shows us the Father, and it is sufficient for us. And the Lord of the universe and the Savior of the world said to Phillip: Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? John 14: 8, 9. He is also the Father.

Under Christ’s banner we can see also: Christianity, Gospel, the New Covenant, the Ministry of Spirit, Good News which the Lord Jesus describes as the Hidden Treasure and Pearl of great price. And the wisdom to search its principles is also a hidden Wisdom. That means my degree in Math, in Medicine, in Astrology, in Theology or my bachelor degree cannot help me in nothing and absolutely nothing to understand the way of the Tree of Life or the Hidden Treasure. Let me repeat it , we must turn off or burry our natural degrees by searching the way of the Tree of Life or when we are called or ordained by God to search the Scriptures in order to have the eternal life and also the Scriptures testify of our Lord Jesus.

This Hidden Treasure must be searched by its Hidden wisdom otherwise no one can reach it or find its way or understand its nature or its principles. This is a predestinated wisdom for only predestinated people. This wisdom is available for those that God has predestinated or appointed to have eternal life.

Now I understand the reason why Paul was forced to express himself like these: we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the Hidden Wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2: 7,8.

By which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy Apostles and prophets.

And to make all people see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:1-9. Of which I became a Minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:25-27.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and no according to Christ. Colossians 2:8.

I keep saying the same things, those who attempt to justify their salvation by tradition of men or by basic principles of the world or the men wisdom, are blind, they do not know where they are going, and they are in darkness. On top of that, we, as predestinated by the grace of God, do not need any more justification because God has already sealed us and give us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit. 2 Corinthians 1: 21, 22. We are secured already in our Lord Jesus. Because Paul keeps saying: Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestinated us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Ephesians 1:4, 5.

There is no condemnation and no accusation for us (predestinated by the grace of God); we better listen to Paul by crying like this: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the images of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestinated, these He also called; whom He called, these He justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified, Romans 8:28-30.

He does not here have reference to all the human family; for all are not, and have not, been conformed to the image of his Son. He has reference therefore only to those who would become Christians, and be saved or those who were ordained before the foundation of this world by God to have eternal life.

Let me repeat what God according to His will does which is unquestionable: Paul crying like this by asking this incontestable question: But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “why have you made me like this? Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepare for destruction,  

and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, Romans 9: 20-23.

To finish, let me raise this question again: who am I to resist the will of Mighty God? Who am I to reply Him? Who am I to correct Him? Who am I to tell Him, this one wrong, that one wrong or this one good or this one bad or this one was supposed to be like this or like that, this one is ok and that one is not ok? I better close my mouth for not saying anything. Otherwise I should be able to answer these questions, the same questions above:

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Who determined its measurement or who stretched the line upon it?

To what was its foundations fastened?

Or what laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and issued from the womb;

When I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band;

When I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors;

When I said, this far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!

Have you commended the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,

That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

Have you entered the springs of the sea?

Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?

Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?

Where is the way to the dwelling of light?

And darkness, where is its place, that you may take to its territory, that you may know the paths to its home?

Have you entered the treasury of snow, or have you seen the treasury of hail,

Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?

By what way is light diffused, or the east wind scattered over the earth?

Has the rain a father?

Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

From whose womb comes the ice?

Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?

Can you set their dominion over the earth?

Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you?

Who has put wisdom in the mind?

Or who has given understanding to the hearts?

Who can number the clouds by wisdom?

Do you know it, because you were born then, or because the number of your days is great? If you think that you are older than anyone of these things. Answer these questions.

Then prepare yourself for a couple more questions:

God keep asking you: Would you indeed annul my judgment?

You would you condemn Me that you may justified? (Job 38 and 40.)

You must answer those questions by the time you try to correct Him for the decision He has made according to His will.

I better say the same thing that Job said to Almighty God: Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. One I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further. And I better keep saying the same things that Job said: I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge. Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Chapters 38-42.

Jesus asked a very significant question to those women who were weeping for Him: “For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry? That means He is the Green Wood and we are the dry wood. A dry wood has no life in it. A dry wood cannot reproduce anything. A dry wood is a dead wood. This is our spiritual condition without Christ Who is the Green Wood.

Let me ask this last question: in the both sense, physical and spiritual, can a dead person give opinion or make choice or have option to do or not to do something he wants or does not want?

Therefore the New Covenant of grace that our Lord gave us through His blood is a no choice or zero option Covenant. Christ says that we are all dead. We do not have life in us. A dead person cannot do anything without help of an alive person. Spiritually speaking, the only Alive Person is Christ. The only thing that God allows me to say is that: “My Father in heaven, hollowed be Your name, Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it in heaven, because for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Let’s pray God and ask Him for forgiveness of our sins and He will do that according to His will; and the way He wants to do that. It is not a question of when I want Him to do it but it is a question of when He decides by Himself to do it.

God bless you my brothers and sisters in Christ by the grace of God. It was a pleasure for me to share with you my point of view about “PREDESTINATION”, which is a gift from God otherwise, no flesh would be saved. Thank God for this great salvation through our Lord Jesus under the predestination concept.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

Please pray for your brother in Christ,

Bishop Wilder Voltaire, by the grace of God. 


 

 

 
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