Many people believe in a predestination theology today. There are some scriptural references that might lead one to believe that we might as well “toss in the towel,” because “que sera, sera” (whatever will be, will be). This theory, in general, couldn’t be farther from the truth.
We have to bear in mind that, “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20. In order to understand God’s Holy Word, when it comes to the deep things of God, one must have received the gift of the Holy Ghost:
“The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” John 14:26.
There are a lot of people out there teaching the scripture, preaching sermons about “predestination,” and what have you, and there are hours upon hours of teachings on YouTube.com; but if you aren’t able to determine if that individual has received the “gift of the Holy Ghost” (Hebrews 2:4) and is anointed to preach, you may be listening to fables.
Yes, I am filled with the Holy Ghost and, in fact, the Lord gave me this message for someone, or some people, today. If you have the Spirit of God, the Spirit in you will bear witness to what I say.
The Apostle John, the Revelator, wrote concerning the end of days,
“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” Revelation 20:13.
If God performed according to some men’s interpretation of the Word, he would have written, “and they were judged every man according to how God predestined them,” but that is not what the scripture says.
The Word of God says,
“We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad” 2 Corinthians 5:10.
The Apostle Paul didn’t say, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every man may receive the things according to what God forced him to do by predestination, whether it be good or bad.”
The Apostle John wrote,
“He that believes on Him is not condemned, but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” John 3:18.
Unless the Word of God is a lie and of no affect, we are condemned if we do not believe, not because God didn’t predestine us to be saved. That would also contradict what the Lord said in John 3:16,
“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.”
It would also contradict God’s Holy Word in 2 Peter 3:9,
“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.”
Finally, the Word of God tells us,
“For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestine to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” Romans 8:29.
Note here that Paul is writing to the “elect” of God (Romans 8:33), “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Do all Christians “walk after the Spirit?” Are all Christians Apostles? Some, whom God “did foreknow” (know from the very beginning) that they would even lay down their lives – as Paul laid his head on Nero’s chop block; as Peter gave himself up to be crucified upside down, not counting himself worthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Savior; as Stephen, who gave himself up to be stoned to death…and the list goes on. These were predestined to “be the firstborn among many brethren,” because God foreknew they would be faithful, even to the laying down of their very lives. Was the thief on the cross predestined, that “he might be the firstborn among many brethren?” Not hardly, as he scarcely made it in, believing in Christ as he was dying for his crimes.
The Word of God refers to the “elect.” The Word of God also tells us that “many are called, but few are chosen” Matthew 22:14. This is indicative that the call to repent and be saved has been sent to the entire world (Revelation 22:17), but few are chosen to issue the call. If only some were predestined for heaven, and others predestined for hell, then Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world, as stated in John 1:29. Make no mistake the Word of God does not contradict itself. The bride of Christ is the “elect,” willing to lay down her life for the bridegroom, Christ (Revelation 22:17).
If you are compelled by the power of the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11) to be a witness, a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if you are willing to die for Him (Romans 12:1), then you are the “elect” of God (Romans 8:33), of “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” 1 Peter 2:9.
Many are called, but few are chosen, as the Word tells us. Some are the “elect” of God, some are simply called to repentance. God said, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated” Romans 9:13. Is God unjust? Think it not! God said, “My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9.
Receive it by faith, even if you don’t fully understand, lest you fight against God Himself.
If you do not receive these truths and that our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is a just and righteous God, then you do not believe the Word of God and you are condemned already.
Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.