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for-or-dan', for-or-di-na'-shun:

The word "foreordain" is uniformly used in the Revised Version (British and American) to render the Greek proorizo, in the passages where this verb occurs (Acts 4:28 Romans 8:29, 30 1 Corinthians 2:7 Ephesians 15:11). In the passages in Romans and Ephesians it takes the place of the King James Version word "predestinate," a return to the usage of the older English versions The word has simply the sense of determining beforehand. It is thus kindred in meaning with a number of other New Testament words expressing the idea of Divine purpose, as "foreknow" (in pregnant sense, Acts 2:23 Romans 8:29, etc.); "determine" (Acts 17:26); "appoint" (1 Peter 2:8). Foreordination, in the widest sense, is coextensive with the sphere of God's universal providence, being but another name for that Divine plan, purpose or counsel which embraces all things, great and small (Matthew 10:29, 30), that happen in Nature, or fall out in human life. Man's free actions are not regarded in Scripture as excluded from it (Acts 2:28). Foreordination, at the same time, is not to be conceived of as in any way overriding, or doing violence to, human freedom. Man acts freely, as Nature acts necessarily, but it is God who appoints the time, place and circumstances of the free act, permits its happening, and overrules it and its issues for the furthering of His own wise and holy ends. See PROVIDENCE. Foreordination in the sphere of grace has respect to the choice, calling and blessing of those who, through faith, are made partakers of eternal life (Romans 8:29, 30 Ephesians 1:5, 11). In this, its soteriological aspect, the subject is considered in special articles.


James Orr

4309. proorizo -- to predetermine, foreordain
... to predetermine, foreordain. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: proorizo Phonetic
Spelling: (pro-or-id'-zo) Short Definition: I foreordain, predetermine ...
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The Synod of Jerusalem and the Confession of Dositheus, AD 1672.
... Article V."The doctrine of Providence. God foresees and permits (but does
not foreordain) evil, and overrules it for good. Article ...
/.../creeds of christendom with a history and critical notes/ 17 the synod of.htm

The Sovereignty of God in Reprobation
... Confession it is said, "God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel
of His own will, freely and unchangeably foreordain whatsoever comes to pass ...
/.../pink/the sovereignty of god/chapter five the sovereignty of.htm

The Gift of the Holy Spirit is the Principle of all Good Actions ...
... actions from the impurity of natural interests, is in a general manner to forethink
daily of their employments of obligation, and to foreordain the future ...
/.../chapter vi the gift of.htm

From the Close of the General Conference of 1828 to the Beginning ...
... and hence the compound word signifies to limit, bound, or decree beforehand, or,
as very properly translated in the sacred Scriptures, to foreordain, or before ...
/.../chapter 10 from the close.htm

The Gentile Christian Theology. Paul and the Gospel of Faith.
... knowledge (not election). The verb proorizooccurs six times, and means always
to foreordain, to determine before. The words eklego ...
/.../history of the christian church volume i/section 71 the gentile christian.htm

The Theology of St. Hilary of Poitiers.
The Life and Writings of St. Hilary of Poitiers. <. ...
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(v. t.) To appoint beforehand; to predetermine; to predestinate; to preordain.
... (vt) To appoint beforehand; to predetermine; to predestinate; to preordain.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. FOREORDAIN; FORORDINATION. ...
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... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia FOREORDAIN; FORORDINATION. for-or-dan',
for-or-di-na'-shun: The word "foreordain" is uniformly used ...
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Foreordained (8 Occurrences)

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Forenoon (1 Occurrence)

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Predestinate (2 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To predetermine or foreordain; to appoint or ordain beforehand by an
unchangeable purpose or decree; to preelect. Multi-Version Concordance ...
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Foreknow (1 Occurrence)
... are translated in the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American)
by the word "foreknowledge," and once by the word "foreordain" (1 Peter ...
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Foreknowledge (2 Occurrences)
... are translated in the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American)
by the word "foreknowledge," and once by the word "foreordain" (1 Peter ...
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... as a mere golden haze of good will. SeeELECTION; FOREORDAIN. LITERATURE.
The relative works of Augustine, Aquinas, Zwingli, Calvin ...
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Purpose (448 Occurrences)
... with the character of God. See FOREORDAIN; PREDESTINATION. Multi-Version
Concordance Purpose (448 Occurrences). Matthew 5:31 Again ...
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