As I promised in my previous post, I now deal with the thorny issue of predestination. Some Christians believe that it’s up to us to call upon Christ for salvation and he doesn’t predestinate, choose beforehand, whom he will save. Others believe that we had no part in being chosen by God. I agree with John MacArthur that both are true. The fact that we can’t wrap our pea-brain minds around both ideas being simultaneously true doesn’t cancel them out.
Consider all the scriptures which state that God called us. Here’s but a few of them:
(1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV) Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
(1 Peter 2:9 KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
(Jude 1:1 KJV) Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
(Revelation 19:9 KJV) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
(2 Timothy 1:9 KJV) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
It’s plain to see that the Lord chose some to be saved. In my next post, I’ll show how we are also expected to call upon Christ for salvation. Watch this space.