When most people hear the phrase “the revelation of Jesus Christ”, they think about unsealed scrolls, trumpets of judgment, bowls of wrath and images that conjure up bone-chilling fear.
When a Christian hears the phrase “the revelation of Jesus Christ”, the Spirit of God wants us to think about the word…grace.
This may be hard to imagine when you consider the title and the contents of the New Testament’s last book, but if we understand (and live out) the principles of the preceding books of God’s covenant, then we will be less than surprised at what Jesus brings with him at his revelation – we’ll rejoice.
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” (1 Peter 1:13)
In Mark 14:30 we read:
“Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”“
Here are some questions to ponder in relation to predestination and freewill in light of this passage:
- Did Jesus make Peter deny him simply because he told him he would?
- Did Jesus want Peter to deny him simply because he told him he would?
- Did Jesus give Peter a chance to not deny him three times in light of Mark 14:68?
Jesus didn’t make Peter deny him, or even want him to, any more than God made someone else do something simply because he knew what they would do. God desires repentance from all of us, the lost and the saved – so says the man who took the opportunity to do such through the grace of God.
Don’t confuse the foreknowledge of God with the version of predestination that many in the religious world tout. The Lord has a purpose for this world and for his people, but by his grace he allows us to choose this day whom we will serve as we make our way towards that heavenly Canaan’s land through the leadership of that Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus) who gave his life so that we might live like, by and with him.
“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 predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30)