Predestination vs. Free Will

Morgan 30's picture

To what extent do we as humans have free will and to what extent has God predestined our lives?

Maria Smith's picture

Hello all: There is free

Hello all:

There is free will but at the same time I feel that God predestined certain people to carry out a message for His Glory to be revealed.

In reading Romans 9:22 (need to read a bit before) I noticed in 9:23:

Romans 9:23, "And he did so in order that he might make known the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy, which he prepared beforehand for glory." God elects certain people beforehand for his glory.

In other words, before the foundation of the world God chose certain people to be his children in order that he would receive and be glorified (see Ephesians 1:4).

It does not say that God chose people to damnation, or predestined people to wrath. Where does the Bible speak about a double predestination where God elects or predestinates some to hell, others to heaven?

Those who are under God's wrath are in that position because they have rejected God. Those that have the righteousness of God are in that position because God has chosen them to be children of God in order to have His glory revealed in some manner for the benefit/salvation of others.

I believe we were all made for His Glory but some choose not to glorify him, rejecting him and causing His wrath on themselves.

Does this make some sense?

Yours in Christ,

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess