Did God predestine everyone?
Yes, but it might not be how you think.
I’m a father. After my children were born I set up a pre-paid college fund. I did this so that when they graduated from high school, they would already have the money needed to attend college.
From the time they were in diapers I “predestined” them to go to college by setting up the Pre-Paid college fund. (I want to emphasis the words pre-paid).
Now, what would have happened if my kids had graduated high school and decided not to go to college? What if my son had decided to go into home construction or truck driving or had decided to start his own pool cleaning business? What if my daughter had gotten pregnant in high school or had married young or had decided to become a model instead of going to college?
Even though I predestined both of my kids for college by setting up a pre-paid college fund, it was still up to them to decide to take advantage of that opportunity.
So who does God predestine for salvation in heaven?
God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9b)
Remember my emphasis on the words pre-paid? Jesus Christ paid for the penalty of your sins long before you were ever born. Jesus set up for you a pre-paid salvation plan. He died on the cross for your sins. He was raised from the dead and now he pours out the Holy Spirit on anyone who asks for it.
And so, we can conclude that every person on Earth, since Christ, has been predestined for salvation just as I predestined my children for college. But each of us must choose to take advantage of that opportunity. We must decide to follow Christ and we must ask for the blessed Holy Spirit.
It’s unfortunate that most people will not, however, some people will and it’s those people that will be saved and have eternal life with Christ.
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:4-5)
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16)
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