“Helping to throw a little more light on the Predestination-Free Will Mystery”

God wills.....YOU CHOOSE!

Here is an amazing ...almost unbelievable truth:

Nowhere in Scripture is GOD'S predestining will/power of election, separate from OUR free-will choice.

From Genesis to Revelation, salvation, though a predestined work on God's part, yet it is equally a freewill choice on our part - the two, like two harmonising, yet opposite, sides of the same coin...something, we would have to admit, our limited ability cannot really comprehend.

No wonder Paul sums up his comprehensive exposition of this topic with, "How unsearchable are His judgments and His way past finding out!" (Romans chapters 9-11.)

In other words, the Biblical truth (whether we understand it or not) is:
Whatever God has predestined in heaven for us, is fulfilled by our choice here on earth. Our choice is always part of the equation. The handle is on our side of the door. That is, salvation at all times is conditional!

[Please note that by 'predestination' or 'election', reference here is not made to, what some call, God's 'permissive will'; but rather to His 'directive will'.]


'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life' (John 3:16.)

'O Jerusalem ....how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold your house is left desolate. For you shall not see Me henceforth, till you shall say, Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.' (Matthew 23:37-39.)

'Behold I stand at the door and knock. If ANY MAN hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to Him, and sup with him, and he with Me.' (Revelation 3:20.)

The chiefest apostle (Paul) speaking: 'I discipline myself, lest when I have preached unto others, I myself should be a castaway (like the initial generation of Israel in the wilderness).' (1 Corinthians 9:27-10:1-12.)

'I will put you in remembrance, how the Lord, having saved the people out of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not!' (Jude 5.)

"Since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it!' (NIV. Hebrews 4:1.)

'If God spared not the natural branches (of the Israel vine), take heed lest He also spare not thee. Behold the goodness and severity of God. On them who fell, severity. But toward you, goodness, IF you continue in His goodness, otherwise you also shall be cut off! And they also, IF they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in again." (Romans 11:21-23.)

"He who overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life!' (Revelation 3:5.)

'Whosoever hath sinned against Me (without true repentance/forsaking of sin), him will I blot out of My Book!' (Exodus 32:33.)

'What shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus OUR LORD?' Answer: 'YOUR SINS have separated between you and your God! (that is, when Jesus is no longer 'OUR LORD'! (Rom. 8:35 & 39, Isaiah 59:2.)

No man is able to pluck My sheep, that is, those who hear my voice and are following Me, out of my Father's hands.' (John 10:27-29.)

'Every branch in Me (that is, 'in Christ and therefore is a new creation'!) that bears not (good) fruit, He (Christ) takes away.....and they are burned!' (John 15:2 & 6.)


'The Lord is not willing that ANY should perish, but that all should come to repentance.' (2 Peter 3:9)
Yet many perish by free-will!

And, 'God our Saviour will have ALL men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth.' (1 Timothy 2:3-4.)
But not all are saved!


It is true, God's foreknowledge is another, though equally independent, part of the mix.)

* For example:

'Elected according to the foreknowledge of God.' (1 Peter 1:2.)

'Whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate.' (Romans 8:29.)

* The 3 dimensions in one verse (twice):

Abraham shall become a great nation....for (1) I (fore) know that (2) he will command his children after him and keep the way of the lord; that the Lord may bring upon him (3) all I have spoken of him' (Genesis 18:18-19.)

'Jesus being handed over, according to (1) God's predetermined plan (will) and (2) foreknowledge, (3) you have crucified.' (Acts 2:23.)

Now perhaps we can understand Paul's assessment of such matters: "How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!'


As we all know (or should know), salvation is not by 'works', that is, works which qualify us before God. lndeed no person qualifies him or herself given their otherwise unconverted sinful state in the sight of an all-seeing holy and just God. Rather, Scripture teaches us that we are only acceptable to God on the exercise
of our faith-acceptance of God's free gift of salvation from sin (its guilt, penalty and nature) through the reconciling death and resurrection and Lordship of His Son, Jesus Christ, by which experience (if genuine) we are born anew, bringing forth the fruit of true repentance from known sin, manifested by faith obedience, all by the power of the new-birth life/Spirit which we have in reality accepted.

For, in a word, the Blood of Christ does not cover sin, but rather cleanses/eradicates it, on our faith-acceptance of the truly new birth in Christ. And the proof? We do not retain a sinful nature!
'New cloth is never added to on old garment!'
(though, with further light, sanctification continues thereafter of non-sinful mistakes).
'For if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things ore passed
away, and behold all things are become new.' (2 Corinthians 5:17.)
'A tree is either good and its fruit good: or corrupt and its fruit corrupt!
It is known by its fruit.' (Matthew 12:33.)
But remember:
'Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners'
(even if we hold the preconversion record of being 'the chiefest of sinners!')
It has not been the purpose of this material to presume to reconcile the apparent difference between 'predesiination/election' and 'free-will'.

Put simply, 'predestination' concerns GOD - what He does or does not do while 'free-will' concerns US - what we do or do not do....by way of faith-acceptance manifesting obedience.             
Surely we would need to agree that, while we might never be able to totally comprehend the 'how' of marrying these two ingredients of salvation, yet we do well to fully appreciate and comprehend our side of the 'coin' relating to what God holds us responsible for...our faith-acceptance of His sin-saving offer and working...
that being OUR CHOICE!
May this material be helpful to this end.


Just recently did this - a topic l've wanted to open up on for some time, but have hesitated being the can of worms that it is. I certainly haven't wanted to add to the stupidity of the debate stretching over millenia.

Yet I felt it important, if only because the majority used their stance as the sporning ground for that incideous doctrine of OSAS... enough to make even Lucifer think he was having a bad dream! Eh?... though much to the joy of so-called 'evangelical' and 'called-outs' of today, still living in the Dark Ages of Calvinism, Whitfield, Spurgeon etc and Pentecostalism.

"If the devil doesn't have your permission,
he doesn't have your Soul - Your Mind, Will and Emotions"


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