Destiny 2: The Christian view about destiny
The Christian theology is in support of a divine destiny. That is, God has a predetermined plan for each one of his children. For instance, God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jere.1: 5). This presupposes that God had a pre-determined plan for Jeremiah and for every child of His. This view also implies that the birth of a Christian is not an accident, but pre-planned for the purpose of God.
The statement by the Psalmist in Psalm 139:15, 16 further supports this position. “My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
Freedom Of Choice
The Christian view of destiny also acknowledges that man was created with the ability to make moral choices and decisions. Man is responsible for his choices and decisions. For example, the fall of man at Eden was not predetermined by God. Adam and Eve made their choice to disobey God. In Dt. 30:15, 19 God gave to Israel a clear choice to make and advised her to choose life. Man lives with the consequences of whatever choices he makes.
The Christian view of destiny believes there is a place for the sovereign will of God, but also, there is a place for man’s personal choice. For us to fulfil our destiny, we must make the right decisions and choices.
The Believer’s Destiny In Christ
Paul’s writings on the subject of destiny are enlightening. He wrote that the destiny of every Christian is in Christ. First, he argues that every believer’s destiny is to be like Christ. In Romans 8:28-29, he says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are 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.” Secondly, Paul states that every believer’s destiny is to sonship and to be holy and without fault in our Lord Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 1:4-5, he captures this fact thus: “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 predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” In 2 Timothy 2:20-21, Paul further showed what our responsibility is to fulfil our call to holiness. He states in Ephesians 2:10, that we are created in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the things which God has pre-planned.
The Book Of Destiny
The apostle John, in his vision in Revelation 5:5-6, saw the Lamb of God received and opened a book, which no one in heaven and on the earth was found capable of doing. The mystery about this book is the content. Some say it is Christ’s title deed to the earth. It is my view that this book contains the destiny of nations and of God’s children.
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