Romans 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” 1 Peter 18 & 19, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison.”
I was thinking recently how God is not in time, but time is in God. He is in the yesterday, the today, and the tomorrow. This is why God is never in a hurry, since He has no place to go. He has already been in the future. He is not worrying over us, for He has been in our future and sees how glorious it is. I was thinking, too, that after His death on the cross, Christ stepped out of time and entered eternity. From man’s perspective, Jesus was gone for three days; but in exiting time (where a thousand years is like a day for the Lord) and stepping back into eternity, we basically have no concept of what all He might have accomplished in eternity, because we cannot impose time on eternity. We know that in eternity He took all those that would have believed from the past and all those that would believe in the future and crucified them with Him in a point in time. If that is true, then when He was preaching to those held captive outside of time and in eternity (He descended before He ascended), He was actually preaching to all of mankind. Therefore, He was preaching to all that would believe and all that would not. Suppose this means that I was there in eternity, and it was in eternity that I believed in Him. Now step back into time to see that at a point in time I confirmed a decision that I had already made in eternity. The proof of this is the fact that the day I believed in Jesus, it was not a strange experience but more of a homecoming. In my spirit I knew that this was the place where I always belonged. I know that you who made the same decision experienced the same sense of belonging.