Acts 13

“When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.” Some take this statement to mean that God before the creation of of the world predestined the eternal fate of each person and you have no choice in the matter, no free will. Yet that is not the only way to see this text, for what we see over and over again in scripture is that predestination is referring to God’s plan, not each individual! Does God know who will be saved – sure that is foreknowledge but foreknowledge does not mean that we have no free will! For that would make God liar for it says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
‭‭(2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬) “Before the world was, God ordained that people who would hear his word and submit their will to his would receive eternal life, and that those who would not do this could not receive eternal life. There is nothing in this place that suggests any “immutable decree” regarding specific individuals, the ordination in this place having reference, not to individuals at all, but to classes of people. Furthermore, every individual ever born has the right of decision with regard to which class of persons will be his own.” (from Coffman’s Bible Commentary) What do you think?

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