Each of us has our own doctrine, teachings that we believe with regards to the Lord.
I have my doctrines, and one is that pre-destination is not about God planning, controlling and running every event in our lives, with some chosen to be saved and some not chosen.
But Vic, Ephesians 1 v 4 seems to say that this is the case.
My understanding of verse 4 is quite different from what I would call traditional Calvinistic doctrine.
I believe that God wants every single person to come to Him and receive salvation (2 Peter 3 v 9).
In that sense God has chosen everyone to be saved.
He wants everyone to become holy and without blame in His eyes.
He loves us all so much that he wants all to be saved and has chosen that everyone can be saved.
Verse 4 has a very important word, and that is should.
This indicates a choice, a possibility of an event not happening.
This verse says to me that God has chosen all of mankind for salvation, but individual people have to make that choice for themselves.
We should be holy and without blame, and we will be if we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
God has put in place a mechanism for our salvation; this is the finished work of Jesus whereby everyone has been reconciled to God and forgiven, thus putting in place the possibility of salvation.
But every man must make that decision and choice themselves.
Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that every man has been chosen and given the possibility of salvation”.
Ephesians 1 v 4…..According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love