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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of foreknow.

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  • Thus, then, he makes it out: — “Whom he foreknows, that is, pre-approves (the word ‘knowledge’ in Scripture frequently importing approbation), as he must needs do those that love him, them he predestinates.”

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • If God foreknows everything, we end up with what I call the 'bored view of God', where God spends eternity doing what God knew that God would do, powerless to change anything since that would cause God's foreknowledge to be in error.

    Thinking about God

  • Accordingly, without doubt, all things will come to pass which God foreknows as about to happen, but of these certain proceed of free will; and though these happen, yet by the fact of their existence they do not lose their proper nature, in virtue of which before they happened it was really possible that they might not have come to pass.

    Consolation of Philosophy

  • In what way, then, are we to suppose that God foreknows these uncertainties as about to come to pass?

    Consolation of Philosophy

  • He foreknows not only what men will do, but also their designs and purposes, there can be no freedom of the will, seeing that nothing can be done, nor can any sort of purpose be entertained, save such as a Divine providence, incapable of being deceived, has perceived beforehand.

    Consolation of Philosophy

  • For He foreknows that some are to be saved by repentance, some even that are perhaps not yet born.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • [1823] Literally, "For He foreknows some about to be saved by repentance, and some not yet perhaps born."

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • ‘Whom he foreknows,’ saith he, that is, pre-approves (the word ‘knowledge’ frequently in Scripture importing approbation), as he must needs do those that love him, ‘these he predestinates to be conformed to the image of his Son;’ and therefore as all things, even his deepest sufferings, wrought together for good unto him, so must they needs do unto those who are predestinated or pre-ordinated by God to a conformity with him.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • Foreknowledge does not make future acts certain but only assumes them to be so; and it is a contradiction of terms to say that God foreknows as certain an event which in its very nature is uncertain.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  • If God foreknows an event as future, it must be as inevitably certain as if fore-ordained; and if one is inconsistent with free agency, the other is also.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

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