from the beginning unto salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.?
(b) In connection with the declaration of God?s foreknowledge of these persons, or choice to make them objects of his special attention and care:
<450827> Romans 8:27-30 ? ?called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son?
<600101> 1 Peter 1:1, 2 ? ?elect ... according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.? On the passage in Romans, Shedd, in his Commentary, remarks that ?foreknow,? in the Hebraic use, ?is more than simple prescience and something more also than simply ?to fix the eye upon,? or to ?select.? It is this latter, but with the additional notion of a benignant and kindly feeling toward the object.? In <450827>Romans 8:27-30, Paul is emphasizing the divine sovereignty. The Christian life is considered from the side of the divine care and ordering, and not from the side of human choice and volition. Alexander, Theories of the Will, 87, 88 ? ?If Paul is here advocating indeterminism, it is strange that in chanter 9 he should be at pains to answer objections to determinism. The apostle?s protest in chapter 9 is not against pre ? destination and determination, but against the man who regards such a theory as impugning the righteousness of God.?
That the word ?know,? in Scripture, frequently means not merely to ?apprehend intellectually,? but to ?regard with favor,? to ?make an object of care,? is evident from <011819>Gen. 18:19 ? ?I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep thy way of Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice?;
<020225> Exodus 2:25 ? ?And God saw the children of Israel, and God took knowledge of them? cf. verse 24 ? ?God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob?; <190106> Psalm 1:6 ? ?For Jehovah knoweth the way of the righteous; But the way of the wicked snail perish?; 101:4, margin ? ?I will know no evil person?; <281305>Hosea 13:5 ? ?I did know thee in the wilderness in the land of great drought. According to their pasture, so were they filled?;
<340107> Nahum 1:7 ? ?he knoweth them that take revenge in him?; <300302>Amos 3:2 ? ?You only have I known of all the families of the earth?;
<400723> Matthew 7:23 ? ?then will I profess unto them, I never knew you?;
<450715> Romans 7:15 ? ?For that which I do I know not?; <460803>1 Corinthians 8:3 ? ?if any man loveth God, the same is known by him?; <480409>Galatians 4:9 ? ?now that ye have come to know God, or rather, to he known by God?; 1 Thess. 5:12,13 ? ?we beseech you, brethren, to know them that
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