God views us as having been crucified and died with Christ. Gal. 2:20; Rom. 6:8; Col. 3:3
Buried with Christ: Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12
And thus, He also views us as having been raised and seated. Eph. 2:5-6,
Since God knew ahead of time who would choose to believe in Christ, He could assign that believer to the destiny already in place for Christ.
And the sharing of Christ’s destiny IS the election of those predestined. They are chosen or elect since they had already been assigned a share in the destiny of Christ.
> a. God said that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart. Ex.
> b. God does not control volition. He never tampers
> with volition, but He does provide divine viewpoint
> information to Pharaoh and the Pharaoh himself
> c. Thus, Pharaoh hardens his own heart. He says no to
> divine viewpoint. Ex. 7:14; 8:32; 9:34-35
> d. God continues to provide information and Pharaoh
> continues to harden his heart. Thus, God hardens
> Pharaoh’s heart. But indirectly through providing
> information, not be controlling volition.
compliance with the divine priority for the human
race. Ie, Divine standards of absolute truth.
A. Unbeliever: Salvation information and morality.
B. Believer: Christian way of life information; good
cursed, Numbers 22:12.
#2- God told Balaam if the men came to call him, he could go.
Balaam went but it doesn’t specify that the men came to call him
again after that, Numbers 22:20.
#3- God was angry that Balaam chose to go, even though he
apparently had God’s permission, Numbers 22:22.
#4- God revealed that it was sin for Balaam to choose to go with
these men, Numbers 22:34.
#5- God gave Balaam permission to do something that was against His
will, Numbers 22:35.
#6- Balaam was there for the sole purpose of cursing the people of
Israel to obtain money from Balak, Jude 11.
#7- God put specific words that Balaam did not want to speak into
his mouth, Numbers 23:5, 16. He tries another way after that
doesn’t work, and the Spirit of God puts him in a trance, Numbers
#8- Balaam caused the children of Israel to sin, Numbers 25:1-3,
31:16, Psalm 106:28-29, Revelation 2:14.
#9- Balaam is dealt with as a heathen, Numbers 31:8.
#10- The way of Balaam is contrasted with the way of righteousness;
Balaam’s way is a way of unrighteousness. Balaam was an unbeliever,
II Peter 2:14-16, in context.
So here’s the question. Who spoke the words that Balaam spoke to
Balak? God or Balaam? I view this as a mystery of how God’s will
interacted with Balaam’s sinful and unregenerate will.