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Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to the other side of the Mayan calendar. 🙂
To continue with Ephesians:

Verse 5: “ having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,”

In the February 1962 issue (#9) of Justice League of America, the group was sharing with Snapper Carr and Green Arrow the story of how they formed the JLA. Each member wound up fending off an alien attack on Earth by claimants to a throne of the world of Appellax. Teaming together, the Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Flash, travelled to the site of where the last alien had landed. Superman and Batman were already teamed up, tackling the menace together. Each alien inhabited a body made of some mineral or form (stone, mercury, glass, etc.), and this one was in a diamond form. Leaping to the attack after Batman saved him from a Kryptonite ambush, Superman used super-friction to turn the diamond-skinned creature into a statue of coal.

At this point, Snapper Carr (the honorary member of the JLA and recorder of their adventures) exclaims, “ Whoa, Superman! I know you can change coal into diamond by rubbing it with your super-hands…but how could you change diamond to coal?” Superman replies, “Quite simply, Snapper…I simply rubbed the diamond being…the wrong way!”

Half-puzzled and half-bemused, Snapper’s response is in the hipster 60’s language of the day: “I don’t read you…but you have such hi-fi thoughts, I’ll just cool my engine until I’m on your wavelength!”

Sometimes the truth of something is so far beyond our understanding, we can’t fathom it, not even with all our human intelligence. This verse in Ephesians makes reference to one of those mysteries: how can God have given humans free will, yet predestined us to be “sons by Jesus Christ to Himself”? Aren’t the two mutually exclusive?

Check out some of these other verses (Romans 8:29-30, John 1:12, and Luke 12:32). You’ll find that God knows what we’ll do…after all, He’s God! He made us. But He does want us to come to salvation through Jesus Christ by our choice…that’s why He gave us free will. Does He know who will accept His Son? Yes. The choice is still ours to make; He didn’t make us robots. We can wrap our finite minds (or try to) around this mystery till the cows come home and still not comprehend it fully, but as God said in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, sayeth the LORD”.

Something to think about.

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