Predestination is a biblical principle that is often misunderstood. How can anyone be saved if their path has already been determined by God? Has he already decided who will spend eternity in heaven, and who will not?
There are four basic truths or doctrines from the Bible that should be considered.
- Who is God?
- Does man have freewill?
- Does God have foreknowledge?
- God is not limited to the boundaries of time.
Who is God?
Is God just a myth? The Bible says the living God made heaven, earth, the sea, and all things in them (Acts 14:15). Most modern educators teach evolution as fact instead of theory, although current science demonstrates the impossibility of something suddenly appearing out of nothing.
Did God choose our eternal destiny?
God gave every soul freewill. It is the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one’s own discretion. Instead of creating creatures that only do his bidding, God gave us the freedom to choose our own destiny. But every soul must choose to accept God’s free gift of salvation along with total forgiveness, or reject it.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
If a person does not consciously make a choice, they have chosen rejection by default, and God will hold them responsible for that decision.
…every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So, then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:11-12).
Nevertheless, many choose the doctrine of evolution and determine their own destiny. Some believe that they will cease to exist after death, but this is not true according to the book of Revelation.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:12-15).
God does not want anyone to perish
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9 KJV).
God does not want anyone to suffer eternal punishment; he loves his creation. Because he is not limited to the boundaries of time, he possesses the foreknowledge of who will choose him, and who will reject him.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29 KJV).
Foreknowledge is the awareness of something before it happens or exists. God used foreknowledge to predestinate every believer to become like Jesus, or Christlike. Once a person accepts Jesus as their Savior, he or she is justified, sanctified, and glorified.
Justified in the Past (Just as if you never sinned)
Sanctified in the Present (Separated from the power of sin)
Glorified in the Future (Separated from the presence of sin)
When Jesus died on the cross, he took the punishment for all the sins of the world. God gave everything , even his own beloved Son to pay the debt for sin. The cost was unimaginably high.
Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and resurrected from the dead? Accept the free gift of salvation today! Then one day, you will live with him in a perfect place. We will see him as he is, and serve with him as kings and priests (Revelation 5:10).
Only those who choose to accept Christ as Savior are predestinated for heaven. Souls who elect not to accept him will ultimately get what they want, and are predestined for a different destination. Their choice to reject him will lead to total separation from God, and all that is good. All hope will be gone forever.