Predestination, cf. election, sovereignty
The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook
, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Publ., Wheaton , IL; 1984), p. 354
God's sovereign working out of his purposes in the affairs of nations and in individual lives. God predestines those who are saved (Rom. 8:28-29>; Eph. 1:4-5>). He does not stand on the sidelines, a helpless spectator (so to speak), until we, with our repentance and conversion, give him permission to do something. Unless our names were written "in the book of life from the creation of the world&md;(Rev. 17:8>) we would not even make the motion of turning from sin. Predestination means that our salvation, from first to last, is God's work. See also Election.