Chosen Sojourners (Part 2) - 1 Peter 1:2
According to the Foreknowledge of the Father
The divine decrees are the eternal plans God has made for his creation that are now being worked out in the lives of his creatures.
Foreknowledge is understood variously as God’s eternal loving regard and saving purpose, or merely as his passive awareness of the future choices of free individuals.
Predestination is God’s predetermination of all things.
Election is God’s choice of those whom he would save.
Reprobation is that aspect of predestination by which God determines to condemn the nonelect.
What texts help give us clarity?
We should begin by observing the covenantal dimensions of the word. The word “know” in Hebrew often refers to God’s covenantal love bestowed upon his people (cf. Gen 18:19; Jer 1:5; Amos 3:2).
Peter was not merely saying that God foresaw when Christ would come, though that is part of his meaning. He was also saying that God foreordained when Christ would come.