What about predestination?
Reproduced below (with slight modification) is a post appearing on the Questions: Epistles of Paul page of this blog. It was originally written by J. Michael Feazell. Refer to that and the other "questions" pages on this blog for answers to frequently asked biblical questions related to Trinitarian, incarnational theology. In Romans 8:29, Paul writes this: "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." What does Paul mean by predestined ? First, remember Paul teaching that we are saved by grace, through Christ; a salvation that is received (experienced) by faith, which, itself, is God's gift of grace (a sharing in Christ's own faith, through the Spirit--see the KJV translation of Gal. 2:20 ). Thus we understand that our salvation does not rest on what we, of ourselves, do. Rather, it rests on what Christ has done, and is doing, on our behalf. Throug