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MEMORIES AND MUSINGS OF JAMAICA  You travel in a somewhat southeasterly direction in Jamaica along the famous tourist sight known as Bamboo Avenue as you approach a place called Lacovia. Through the bamboo arches you view the expansive fields of cane on the background of the near range of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the farther range of the Figuerro Mountains. The terrain at Lacovia is somewhat swampy. When it rains, you wonder whether the road is in the swamp or the swamp in the road!

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The eternal purpose of God’s counsel, as we saw in the foregoing article, was realized in one of its most major steps in the divine incarnation. The independent, self-sufficient God is also sovereign and absolute in His purpose. It is not in any way dependent upon the creature. The creature is in every way preceded, followed and bounded by God. So with election: God chose His people (a covenant-related creature) in Christ. He, therefore, thought of them as in Christ, to think in terms of logical order, before He thought of them as in the world.

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How often, when it is pointed out that predestination is so deeply imbedded in Scripture, you meet with, not a denial of this fact, but an appeal to the “foreknowledge” -of-God argument. The argument, of course, is that God has foreknowledge or foresight of who will repent of their sins and believe in the Lord as Savior. He then chooses those He so foresees to salvation. This is actually a remnant of Roman Catholic doctrine, with its idea of human merit. Grace is not free, election is not sovereign, but bound by the decision of man.

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