We will never understand it all this side of heaven. A sin is unpardonable if one refuses to ask God to pardon it. They are part of God's plan to chip away little by little at our character until Jesus is fully formed in us. What does it mean that God draws us to salvation? Dear reader if you are not being conformed into the image of God's Son, showing a greater and greater likeness to Jesus, you need to do a sober, honest look at your salvation as Paul exhorts in 2 Cor 13:5+ - "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Darby 1Cor 2:7 but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 2:8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers. Young's Literal: and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. » Isaiah 14:30: "The firstborn of the poor will feed, and the needy will lie down in safety." Romans 8 - The Expositor's Greek Testament, Relationship of Justified, Sanctified, Glorified. Someone explained predestination with this simple picture. But this day by faith we stand in the righteousness of God himself. However, as one continues through the Bible, one begins to find that "firstborn" does not always mean that the person so named is literally the first born. This same concept is repeated in Philippians 3:21 where God again is … It clearly suggests planning ahead of time, not just knowing ahead of time. Think of this in terms of humanity. By the way no where in Scripture does it say God foreknew or predestined anyone to hell. This is why God warns us so often and so urgently in the pages of the Bible—because He does not want to lose those He has called to salvation! This knowledge should also not be understood in the sense of being acquainted with, but in the sense of bringing into a special relationship with, as Adam knew Eve his wife. But, praise be to God, he reveals more of it with each new step we take toward it. It is true that everything is predestinated, and that everything that happens is ordered according to the unfailing purpose and will of God. 8:29), that is, that Christ might be made preeminent. Matt 5:16; 6:2; 9:8; 15:31; Mark 2:12; Luke 2:20; 4:15; 5:25f; 7:16; 13:13; 17:15; 18:43; 23:47; John 7:39; 8:54; 11:4; 12:16, 23, 28; 13:31f; 14:13; 15:8; 16:14; 17:1, 4f, 10; 21:19; Acts 3:13; 4:21; 11:18; 13:48; 21:20; Rom 1:21; 8:30; 11:13; 15:6, 9; 1 Cor 6:20; 12:26; 2 Cor 3:10; 9:13; Gal 1:24; 2 Thess 3:1; Heb 5:5; 1 Pet 1:8; 2:12; 4:11, 16; Rev 15:4; 18:7. Predestined (4309) (proorizo from pró = before + horízo = to determine, as by a boundary or limit in turn from horos = boundary, limit <> Source of our English word "horizon" = God's boundary between heaven and earth) literally means to mark out beforehand or set the the limits or boundaries in advance of any place or thing. Philippians 1:6 says that God is able to finish what He starts. He was not necessarily the first one born. Then, beloved, thou hast been called of God, for such is the calling wherewith God doth call his people. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory. Howard Hendricks writes that "The Bible was not written to satisfy your curiosity, but to make you conform to Christ’s image. Foreknew (4267) (proginosko [word study] from pró = before + ginosko = know) know about something prior to some temporal reference point. He is preparing us to be conformed in the image of His Son so that we can rule under and with Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God. The everlasting song is almost on thy lip. Though not the first people born, they held first place in God’s sight among all the nations. Anything that makes us like Jesus is good. (3) The doctrine of election assures a peculiar providence which attends the way of every believer. No one has been glorified yet but Jesus Christ. More recently, we have understood this to be far more specific. In no way does this preclude the ability of God to plan also the paradoxical truth of human freedom and responsibility, which also are clearly Biblical (remember God's ability is infinite). The foreordination of God in no degree interferes with the responsibility of man. How are predestination and election connected with foreknowledge? Yes, Jesus cares for me 3. [Acts 2:23] speaks of Christ as being delivered to be crucified "by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God."" Romans 8:29 “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Explanation and Commentary of Romans 8:29. In each case proorizo speaks of God's plan for man or events and the inescapable implication is that God's plan will be fulfilled.