1Let us open our Bibles this morning to the Book of Ephesians and we will take our text from Chapter one.

2Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 
9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:

3Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

41 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

5Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

6John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

7Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

8Let us pray, Dear Father we come in the lovely name of your son Jesus Christ who we know according to your own Word that he was ordained before the foundations of the world to become the bleeding dying lamb. we see the role you ordained for him to play, and we see also by Scripture that you chose us before the foundation of the world to be Holy and blameless in your presence.

We see also in Romans 8 that you ordained us to be conformed to the image of your first born son, and we see you also chose us before the foundations of the world, and predestinated us for a purpose, your purpose and your plan.

Therefore Father help us to be like your son, and come to the place where we can die to our own thinking and let the mind that was in Christ be in us. Help us to die to self and allow the life of Your Son to come in by Your Holy Spirit and live our lives for us, for we ask it in Jesus Christ's name, amen.

9You may be seated.

10Now, we've chosen for our text this morning scripture which is very promising to the believer because it tells us how that we have been a part of God's great purpose and plan since before He even created the worlds.

11And in paragraph 160 of brother Branham's sermon, Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, Br. Branham said,  "That's the only way you'll know Him today, only way you'll get the threefold revelation of God is for the Holy Ghost... And the only way it can ever be, is you're predestinated to see it. If it don't, you'll never see it. If you're not predestinated to see it, you'll never see it, 'cause that Light can flash and you'll go away and make fun of it and explain it away by some intellectual conception when the very God Himself manifesting Himself and proving it. See? But if it ain't upon you to see it, you won't see it. 

Now, what he is talking about here is a belief in Predestination that places the responsibility for whether you will ever see or not see the purpose and plan of God solely with God.

12When the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke using parables, he responded by telling them that he spoke using stories because some were ordained to hear and understand while others were not ordained to hear and understand. \\\\\\\\

Let's turn in our Bibles to Matthew 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 1  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:15  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

13Now, this story is not a fluke just found in the Gospel of Matthew, but we also see this same story told in the Gospels of Mark and Luke.

14Mark 4: 10  And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11  And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12  That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

15And in the Gospel of Luke we read, Luke 8:9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

16So why would God deliberately give a Message in such a way that some would hear and understand while others would not hear and understand.

17Well, we call this the purpose and plan of God. First let me read several Scriptures that speak of the Purpose of God and then we will sort them out and see how that purpose as defined by Scripture.

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Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 



19Now, I want you to notice something here. God is speaking to the Apostle Paul and he is telling the Apostle Paul that His Appearing to Him was not something that was to be considered lightly. God doesn't just do things for the sake of doing them. He told Paul here that He had a purpose in Appearing to Paul. God is telling us that he has a purpose behind His appearing. And that purpose was to make Paul a minister and a witness both of these things which he had seen, and of those things in which God would appear unto Him.



20Now, what then does the word purpose mean? According to Webster's dictionary, the word Purpose means: "something that one intends to do", in other words, it speaks of the intent or intention, resolution or determination, the object for which something exists or is done, in other words that which exists or is done with the end in view, or with a specific end in view, not something done accidentally, but something done by design.

21In other words purpose speaks of doing something or planning something with a specific result in mind." 

And so we see that when God purposes anything, we must keep in mind His end product., or His specific outcome that He has in mind. His end view. 

Again, the next time we see this word purpose used is in Romans 9: 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 



22In one instance we see where God had a purpose to show forth Himself through the apostle Paul as His witness to testify of God's great Power and Glory. And then in this scripture we find also God achieving the same purpose but with a totally different plan. Here he speaks of a vessel of dishonor, and yet getting the same result from it. So whether you are ordained to Life or ordained to condemnation, God will bring about the same result and that is to magnify His own name above all the earth. 



23Again we see the purpose of God in Romans 9: 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 



24So we see here that the purpose of God stands in election.

25Now, if you do not understand what election is, then you will not understand what God's purpose is either. For he said, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth. So we see that election consists of but one thing. God's calling. God's choosing.

26It is not anything you can do but what God has chosen to do even before you came into this world. Either God chose you in Him before the foundations of the world or He did not. And if He did not, then no matter how much you claim to be a believer, no matter how much you can recite the Word of God, no matter how much you do in His name, it won't do you one lick of God. God's purpose stands in His election, His Choosing. 



27Matthew 7:21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

28That is where so many do not understand where they are in Christ. They do not understand that God is Sovereign, and in being Sovereign He is also Solitary. He does not need anyone or anything. He has existed for an eternity without anyone, and thus is in need of anyone else. And being sovereign He answers to no one, and He is completely independent. Thus God and God alone is Sovereign. He alone is all knowing, and He alone is all powerful.

29Now, to be Sovereign you must be all powerful and all knowing for if you are not, then the person that is more powerful could influence you or the person that is more knowledgeable could persuade you against your own will, and thus you would not be sovereign any longer. 

But no one can persuade God against His purpose. No one can talk God out of His judgment. God alone is sovereign, and in His sovereignty He has made a choice and that choice is called His elect. And then God sets that Elect on the path to its outcome or end. That is God's purpose, that is His plan, and that plan is called pre-destination. The destination pre-planned. Therefore when we are talking about the purpose of God we are speaking of His foreknowledge.

30Most Christians do not understand the difference between Foreknowledge, Election and Predestination. Many people today, especially the Fundamentalist and Evangelical differ greatly on exactly what Election and predestination are all about.

31The main issue however, has not been whether God predestinates or not, as much as the issue of choice, or rather who makes the choice. Men want so bad to be in control of their own lives that they have placed free moral agency as the ultimate in a man's experience with God. Men, it seems, want the ability to choose God, more than to allow God to do the choosing Himself. Thus, they try to explain away election by using foreknowledge of God, as their excuse to place man's ability to choose above God's Own choice. 


32Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. 

Now, we are talking about purpose this morning, but man in his own religious nature wants to feel that he is doing something for God. Let men tell you something, there is nothing that you can do for God that is of any good unless it is something that God has asked you to do. Jesus the Son of God, said, The Son can of Himself do nothing but what he seeth the Father do, that doeth the Son likewise. John 5:19 and John 5:30.

Today there is a book called "The Purpose driven life", but it does not speak of God's purpose. It speaks of you having a purpose. Yet what good is it for you to be purpose driven if it is not God's purpose that is driving you. That might sound real good, and that kind of talk can take an ordinary salesman into an extraordinary salesmen, but God has not called us to be salesmen. He has called us to be obedient sons.

33The Bible teaches us that "it is God working in you to will and to do". Do what? Do His great purpose. 



34In Isaiah 1: 11 we read, "To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats."

35In other words, God is questioning their own purpose for all their sacrifices. Then God is not interested in what you do but for what purpose you do. He's interested in motives and objectives. That's it.



36And in the Book of 1 Samuel 15: 22 we see where King Saul had disobeyed the command of the Lord.

37He was told to destroy everything from a certain place and not to bring back any spoil, but when he returned from that war, he brought back much of the spoil along with the King from that country.

38When Samuel the prophet saw this he was so angry with Saul for disobeying the Command of God, that he took the kings own sword and struck off the head of the conquered king, and then told Saul, "Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 


39Therefore, that day Saul lost His anointing from God, and God determined to have His Prophet Samuel anoint another to be King instead of Saul. So let me tell you, God doesn't care two bits about how much sacrifice you do for him.

40If your sacrifice is from your own purpose, and not from His purpose, then it means nothing to Him. If you go because you want to do God a service without it being His will, then you go without the anointing of God upon you. Then you might as well not even go. So much then for a purpose driven life. If it is not God's purpose driving you, and His will for you to do it, then you had best not go until he says go. If I had any inkling that God didn't want me to go to these places He has sent me to, I would not go.

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I Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit (God's) searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God knows. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 



42Now, we are talking about the purpose of God this morning. And yet most people who claim to be Christian do not even believe in a sovereign God who has a divine purpose. They say, God being omniscient, and knowing the end from the beginning, knew who would and who would not and based upon this foreknowledge, God then elects those to Glory who chose the right thing, and He elects to condemnation those who do not choose right.

43In believing this they place man's ability to choose above God's sovereign will, and thus they fall into error. 

The fact that God knows what you are going to do is because he predestined you to it and ordained that you go forth and produce fruit.

44In fact in John 15:16 we read Jesus said, Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 


45God knows your end from your beginning because He pre-destined your end. That is what the word predestinate means. It means to pre-destine. To mark out before hand, your destiny. Therefore, predestination is the path you are destined to take. And that is what the purpose of God is all about. Purpose with the end-in-view.

Let's turn to the Word now and examine the very scriptures that must be relegated to the trash heap in order to prove free will has anything to do with election. 
Now, we ought to stop right here and rest our case. Either this is meant for all believers or it is not.

46If it is not, then all believers are not expected to bring forth fruit, and all believers are not entitled to ask the Father in the name of Jesus and expect to receive what they ask for.

47But Jesus is telling us that we did not choose Him first, He chose us first, and our love toward him, and acceptance of Him, is only in response to His having first chosen us.

48In I John 4:19, we hear John tell us, "We love him, because he first loved us."

49Now, either this is true or it is not. Then if this is not true, we must rip it out of our Bible. And if this passage is in error, then what else is in error. If we believe God wrote the Word, that His Bible is the Un-adulterated Word of God, then we must accept what it tells us. Scripture does not fight scripture. 



50In Deuteronomy 7:6, we read, "For thou [art] an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that [are] upon the face of the earth. 7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye [were] the fewest of all people: 8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; 10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. 

Again we see that it was not our choosing but God's choosing that is involved here.

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In Proverbs 14:12, we read, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death".



52This scripture tells us that man will try to choose what seems right, or the way that he believes to be the right way, but man's choice will always lead to the way of death. Therefore, even in our choosing, we need a God who will watch over our choices, and help us to make the right choice. 



53In Philippians 3:15 we read, "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you."



54In the following scriptures we find God is actively involved with the choices His elect take. 



55Psalm 37:23 "The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way". Here we find the Hebrew word Kuwn used for "ordered", and means to set up or establish, to prepare or arrange. Therefore we see the hand of God actively involved in the steps of a good man or righteous man. 



56In Proverbs 16:9 we read, "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps". Here we find that although a man may contemplate and even plan his way, yet God has the ultimate say so and will direct the very footsteps of that man.

57Jonah was a classic example of this. The Lord told Him to do such and such and when Jonah had what he thought was a better plan, God just took over the situation and produced exactly what He intended to produce. Jonah had no choice, or at least his choice meant nothing to what God wanted done. Jonah in running from God's purpose ran right into the plan that God had for him.

58In Jeremiah1:5 we read, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations".

59Jeremiah could not get away from it if he tried. For this very reason he was born. That's the purpose of God in election. 



60We also find in the book of Acts 13:48, And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

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If we are to believe this scripture, then we must acknowledge that all who are ordained to Eternal Life will believe. Then those who are not ordained to Life will not believe, and there is your evidence of election. 



62I Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

63Now, look, either God purposed it and ordained it before the world for our Glory or this scripture is full of lies. Then if God purposed it and ordained it which means he planned out the way it would happen, then is God in charge of our destiny or are we in charge of our destiny. 



64And in closing let us go back to our text this morning and read from the Book of Ephesians 1:4 Paul tells us that even before the worlds were framed we were chosen in Him, and our destiny was planned out for us. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 



65Now, if God had a Word which He ordained before the world began, and if that word was to produce Glory in a chosen people, or a people of God's choosing, then there had to be a people in God's mind before the world began who would at the right season believe this predestinated Word, and receive the glory it was ordained to produce. 

Now, just as there are those who were ordained to glory and to eternal Life, we also find those who were ordained to condemnation.

66Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 



67The Apostle Paul shoots the theory that speaks of free moral agency as the root cause for election to pieces in Romans chapter 9. Romans 9:11 For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth; 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardens 19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor? 



68Paul makes it very clear that our election is not up to you or I, but entirely up to God. He even goes so far to say, So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. Now, if it is not him that willeth, then your will and my will have nothing to do with our election at all. It is God who either chooses to show mercy or not.

69Therefore, if your will has nothing to do with your being elect, then neither does your choice for your choice is but a reflection of your will. You will and then you choose. 



70Divine healing 54-1219M 49 Listen. It's not him that wants to get saved, that's saved. It's him that's saved by God's choice. Esau wanted to get saved too. He wept bitterly, and couldn't find no place to repent. He wanted to get saved. It ain't 'cause you want to get saved. God said, "I've hardened who I will harden. I have mercy on whom I want to have mercy." That's right. He said, "Before Esau or Jacob, either was born, not knowing right and wrong," God said, "I love Jacob and hate Esau.'" And Esau tried to get right with God and couldn't. Pharaoh tried to get right with God and couldn't do it. So it's not you, not what you want. It's what God has ordained for you to do. That's right. Paul said in the 9th chapter of Romans there, "Hasn't the potter got power over the clay to make an honored vessel or a dishonored vessel, to show His glory to those who He has honored?" You didn't know that, did you? That's what the Scripture says. Pharaoh tried his best to repent. He was kindhearted. He said, "Sure, I'll let you go. Go on." God said, "No, you ain't. I'm going to harden his heart so you can't do it." 'Cause God's Word has to be fulfilled. And if we're living in this day when formalities and things has broken the church down, broke away; why, it's God's Word being fulfilled. As sure as God said, "These signs would follow them that believe," as sure as God said these churches would be like they are now, God also said this opposition would meet it. So the same God that ordained signs and wonders, ordained that these should be persecuting against It.

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