The [God’s]eye View

He [God] does not foresee an event which is for us yet to come, but that He sees it, absolutely as we behold a present event;…consequently, when He declares it at any moment whatsoever, He does not foretell it, but describes it as a spectator and witness…Once foretold, the event undoubtedly cannot fail to happen, because the eye of God cannot have presented to Him as existing that which will not be. But the event does not exist because God has seen it; God, on the contrary, has seen it because it will be, or rather because to His view it already is.

–Frederic L. Godet, Commentary on John’s Gospel, (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1978), 794.

For a fuller treatment see my Election and Salvation in the Gospel of John.

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