Predestination is a loaded word for many. It’s the excuse I’ve heard for people not coming to Jesus, “I guess I’m just not predestined .” I have taken the time to find all the Scriptures I could that use the word as well as the loaded words ‘few’ and ‘many’, so let’s muse this out.
verbpast tense: predestined; past participle: predestined
- (of God) destine (someone) for a particular fate or purpose.“Calvinists believed that every person was predestined by God to go to heaven or to hell”
- determine (an outcome or course of events) in advance by divine will or fate.“she was certain that fate was with her and everything was predestined”
synonyms: preordained, ordained, predetermined, destined, fated“I find it hard to believe that our lives are predestined”
Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Ephesians 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will…11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The Father, Son and Spirit planned a way of escape from the wrath to come before we ever were in need; Jesus IS the lamb slain from the foundations of the world! The trio made the way for this free gift of salvation to be available through Christ’s blood. God made each one of us with the seed of hunger for ultimate salvation to only be accomplished by the Son’s crucifixion and resurrection. His obedience in place of our disobedience.
Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Isaiah 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
So why don’t all accept His blood; His free gift of salvation?
Penchant for evil, lack of hearing:
Ecclesiastes 7:29 Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes.”
Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Why not all? Pride/ lack of humility:
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Why not all? Offense taken:
John 6:66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
Why not all? Fear:
John 12:42 [ Walk in the Light ] Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name…
So where does this leave things?
John 17:2 (Father, glorify Your Son) as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
Acts 3:29 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Acts 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Acts 17:12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
These passages still say not all will be saved. Romans 10:14 How will they believe if they have not heard? As the first disciples and apostles spread the word, many were added to the church when they heard the testimony of the Believers, when they saw signs and wonders that only God could do. Yes, it is a free gift, but we do not have to accept a free gift; we can choose to reject it.
Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
Well, not all died in Adam’s offense and disobedience; look at Enoch, Noah and his family and many more who were held in ‘Abraham’s Bosom’ until Christ made the way to Heaven open. So, by the same token not all will be made righteous-look at the people in Noah’s day-by Jesus Christ. Yes, He died for all, but not all will accept that gift from Him.
So walk in the Spirit, work while there is still time and do your part to draw others into salvation. Remember, no one comes to Jesus without being drawn by the Spirit. We have an obligation to pray for this to happen in many other souls on earth, to speak out and share the gospel as the Spirit gives opportunity.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God
Hebrews 9:28 …so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.