Predestined or with Free Will?

My Father who sent me has determined that I will not lose even one of those he has given to me, and I will raise them up in the last day. For the longing of my Father is that everyone who embraces the Son and believes in him will experience eternal life and I will raise them up in the last day!” John 6:39-40

Well, this isn’t the easiest verse in the Bible is it? Have been looking at this for a couple of days. You see, depending in how you go into this verse depends on how you come out.

If you believe in pre election this verse supports it. If you believe in once saved always saved this verse supports it. If you believe in the salvation of all, this verse supports it. So, how do we navigate through it? I think we have have to take what we can from it here and now and expect that when we reach heaven we will know and understand all things as it says in 1 Corinthians 13:12.

Some people focus on the words,’I will not lose even one of those he has given to me.’ They use this phrase to say that there are some people that will be saved and there are some that won’t. God has predestined that one person will have eternal life and another eternal death.

They believe that Father has chosen the elect, and they will come to Jesus at some point, one way or another because it is predetermined. The outworking of this in those who truly believe it is they don’t really do any evangelism as it is pointless. If you are elect you are going to come anyway and if you are not, nothing that anyone can say will bring you.

This is not my understanding of the Word. There are only a few verses that you can use to support this argument and far more, I believe that disagree with it.

Now I am a once saved always saved believer and this verse I believe can support this idea. I also believe that God’s will is that everyone turn to Jesus and have eternal life. If you take today’s scripture and you couple it with John 3:16 or 2 Peter 3:9 you get a picture of God wanting His whole creation turn back to Him and you see a patient Father waiting to gather each person back individually as they turn to Him.

However, using Jesus’ own words, “wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”, it seems that God Himself, sadly understands that it is not by His election, but by freewill that man can choose to either accept the Truth or deny it.

Now this I believe is where today’s Scripture comes in. Once we have decided to follow Jesus, to accept the truth of the Kingdom into our heart, that is when the truth in this Scripture comes into its own.

“(It) is the longing of my Father is that everyone who embraces the Son and believes in him will experience eternal life” was what Jesus told the disciples. As we embrace the truth of Jesus it is God’s will that we experience eternal life. Later on in John we read that eternal life is knowing the Father as Jesus knows Him.

It is God’s will that everyone who follows Jesus is in a perfect relationship with Him. Now this isn’t a vague hope of God. No! this is a determination of God. Jesus was sent to do the Father’s bidding and that bidding was to make the way for us to have perfect relationship with Him. God has done all He can to make it perfect between us.

Jesus made the way and the Holy Spirit leads the way. At the point of salvation God says, “Lets have a perfect relationship” and so He places His Holy Spirit within your human spirit. He seals us with His Spirit, with His power and He says, “you are now perfectly right with me” What we have to do today and every day is to get our heads round this and to get our hearts round this.

We are perfect in the eyes of God. We are sinless. We are righteous. He has done everything to make sure that we will, from the moment of salvation, have a perfect and eternal relationship with Him. In heaven, when our earthly bodies have passed away this will be so much easier, but, with the help of the Holy Spirit we can enjoy that relationship today. Jesus did. As a Spirit filled man He enjoyed the perfect relationship that God has set up for us too.

Remember Adam, before the fall. Walking in the Garden, chatting with Father in the evenings. That is our relationship now and for ever. We just have to believe it! Jesus says, “I will not lose even one of those he has given to me, and I will raise them up in the last day.”

Now He has you He is never going to let go of you. That is it. We get so hung up with what we do or don’t do. What we say and don’t say. That is all our flesh. That has nothing to do with our sealed spirits, that part of us that is entwined in the Spirit of God.

Now the reason that it matters what we do is that as our spirits are entwined so our thinking and acting becomes more in line with the thinking and actions of Jesus. This means, that rather than waiting until heaven, we can have a perfect relationship with Father here on earth.

As our thoughts, words and actions move in line with God we experience a freedom that can’t be found outside of this relationship. We open up a way that the power of the Spirit that is deep within us, can bubble up and out of us, affecting us not only in the heavens but here on earth, as well as affecting those around us too.

Oh, today’s verse is such good news. When you turn to Jesus, God gives you to Him. He seals you in the protection of the Holy Spirit and He ordains Jesus to bring you into eternal life with God. If you are a follow of Jesus you have received so much. Spend some time today thanking God for what He has done. For the truth of your salvation. Jesus has you and He is determined to welcome you into heaven to enjoy eternal life.

He is determined hallelujah! Let us join in that determination and seek to experience all that we can here on earth to the glory of God. Amen.

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