also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘ My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,
The Lord knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be forever.
For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?
For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.
“With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.
“ Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.
Who say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!”
This also comes from the Lord of hosts, Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.
Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has informed Him?
“But who has stood in the council of the Lord, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened?
great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds;
Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices.”’
this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.
to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.
And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?