Do you ever read the Bible and get caught up in theological terms?
Predestination and election are two terms that I’ve wrestled with for a few years. When I try to wrap my head around these concepts, I never feel like I fully have it figured out. And rightly so because it is a beautiful mystery.
Sometimes another perspective helps me get deeper revelation of a concept. That’s why I like the Message translation of Romans 8:29-30ish:
“After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name.”
There is a lot of technical jargon in the original language about “foreknowing” and “predestining” but this translation gives me new insight.
In the Old Testament, names were a huge deal. When a child was named, they were given their identity. It was a prophetic declaration of the destiny of the child.
- Adam means man or earth
- Abraham means father of a multitude
- Moses means drawn out of the water
By translating predestined as “calling people by name,” it gives a picture of God as a Father naming us as His children. He calls us sons and daughters because He made the decision that we should be like His own son.
You don’t name your children after they are born…well some do, but you know what I mean. If naming your children gives them their destiny, then to name them before they are born is a “pre” destiny.
Once we believe in Jesus and receive His Spirit, we become sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:14). We take on the name He has given us which destines us to look like His own son, Jesus.
I’ll exchange the complex theological terms for a simple understanding that He calls me by name.
What do you think about this translation?
Does this give you a different perspective on destiny?