An Argument For The Concept Of Predetermined Purpose
February 16, 2015 AOA
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The idea of purpose and destiny has consumed my mind lately. I am devoting some time to taking apart this concept because it is so crucial to our existence and we can’t afford to get it wrong. We just can’t afford that. Why am I here? Who am I? How well am I doing? These questions all sit on the bedrock of purpose.

Among many other things I have come to understand on the subject is the theory that our purpose was determined before we were born. We all are a product of an idea God had in mind before your parents met therefore purpose predates our conception and by extension birth. It is critical that we understand this reality as a proper awareness will guide our attitude to life. It is so sad, tragic even when people are born, live for decades and die without discovering why they were ever born. There is a specificity to your purpose and it was settled before your birth.

My objective in this post is to put forward strong arguments founded on and supported by scriptural references to prove this truth. I intend to clear all doubt about the fact that there is a profound deliberateness to your existence and there is a definite, clear-cut purpose to be discovered and walked in. I hope to disabuse you of the notion that we all just happen to be born and without coordinated reason.

An idea existed before product are designed and made; the product only exists because of the idea. That is how we were fashioned and evidence abounds in the examples below:

ADAM – “Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”” – Genesis 1:26 (NLT)

As it is always important to visit the beginning, Adam, the first man was created only after his purpose was established. He was the original prototype and God was clear what the purpose of the man would be before he created Adam. If there was no need for the dominion mandate, Adam would never have been created.

EVE – “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”” – Genesis 2:18 (NLT)

Likewise, Eve, the first woman created by God only came to being after a clear purpose had been established. It was bad for the man to be alone and he needed help to succeed therefore the woman was created. Again we see that purpose precedes birth.

JEREMIAH – “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)

These were God’s words to Jeremiah. He was an existing idea in God’s mind before he was formed in the womb and his purpose as a prophet to the nations was established prior to his birth. Similarly, God’s purpose for your life is specific and was established before your conception and birth.

SAMSON – “ You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.” – Judges 13:5 (NLT)

The angel told Samson’s father what the purpose of his yet to be conceived son would be. He would be a judge who will begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the philistines. Samson’s father, a man of spiritual understanding asked the angel a very profound question in verse 12 seeking to know how the child’s life should be guided and his vocation. He understood based on his knowledge of God that the boy’s purpose was already settled though he was yet to be born. This is a question every parent must answer before their children born.

JOHN THE BAPTIST – “But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.  16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. 17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”” – Luke 1:13, 16-17 (NLT)

The angel Gabriel brings an announcement to Zechariah about the imminence of a son. Again, he spells out the purpose of said son as a man of the Spirit who would lead a spiritual awakening in Israel and prepare the way of the Lord. Yet again and consistent with the pattern, purpose was established before birth.

PAUL “But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him.” – Galatians 1:15(NLT).

Paul acknowledges that he was separated to the service of God from his mother’s womb. His purpose as an apostle was predetermined.

Of course, Jesus had several prophecies spoken from centuries before His birth about Him and His specific purpose. In Hebrews 10:7, He is quoted to say, “Behold, I come – in the volume of the book it is written of Me – to do Your will, oh God.”

There are books written of you before God. Volumes One through God knows how many which contain the purpose, destiny and will of God for your life which you need to make a reality. Every page must be turned before you leave this world. It is insulting to imagine that God just let you come to the earth without a purpose in mind. Don’t abuse your life because when the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse is inevitable. You are here for a specific assignment. Do you know why you are here? Please do not go on living without discovering this purpose. Shalom.