Re: Calvinism / pre-destination
Excellent post! I believe in both predestination and free will. I believe that God has a purpose and a plan for each of us, but we can accept or reject that plan. God predestinated that those who believe on Jesus would be conformed to His image, ( become like Him) and receive an eternal inheritance in heaven! What a glorious thing! I can reject that offer or I can accept it. Here is what I posted on this issue in another thread.
Originally Posted by keyzer soze
I believe in both. God has before ordained a path of life for us to walk in...
Ephesians 2:10- For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
...but we can choose to take that path or reject it.
I also believe that God predestinated that those who would be "in Christ" would be conformed to the image of His Son, and He foreknew who would believe, but His Foreknowledge was not necessarily causative. ( In other words, just because God knows what is going to happen, doesnt mean that He is the cause of everything that happens). He prepared the feast, sent out the invitations, all things are ready, but it is up to us whether we accept the invitation or not.
No one can come to the Father unless He is drawn, yet Jesus draws all men to Himself, and the calling can be rejected. So God has a purpose for us, He has a plan for us, and He is calling us, but we have the free will to reject the call once we hear it, even though that is the most foolish thing we could ever do. I don't think we are free to choose before we hear the call, for we are bound by sin, wicked desires, and are in the lap of the wicked one. But once Jesus calls us, we have the ability to rise up, shake off the grave clothes, and run to Him and be free, for He has broken the chains.
This is why the preaching of the Gospel is so important.
In response to the question, "Does God predetermine who will be saved and who will not, ( on an individual basis), my answer was...
I would personally say that I do not fully understand all the things of God, but it seems to me that since God is Love, takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, is not willing that any should perish, and desires that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, I would say that He is inclusive in His invitation to salvation.
In conclusion, I believe that it is God's predetermined plan that all who savingly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved, receive an adoption, be conformed to Christ's image, and receive the inheritance.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
"My heart was once hard and dark. Then God turned on the Light and the Water."