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Is it possible for a person to be saved but not predestined?”

According to the Catholic Church, God predestines no one to go to hell, and walking away from mortal sin is necessary until the journey ends. We will not encourage every believer to guess the will of God without properly supported by His word. A heretical sect within Roman Catholicism during the early centuries of its existence that preached the doctrine of double predestination, as well as the doctrine that salvation can be lost by sinful acts and un-repentance of wicked works. Ezekiel 18:21–28

“Salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available to all.”— Pope John Paul II (1999)

Grace comes from Christ; it is the result of his Sacrifice and is communicated by the Holy Spirit. Christ is the grace of God, our extension in this life to attain salvation before it becomes only available to people who have a change of heart. God’s eternal plan of predestination is to give way to His purpose and will that everyone will be with Him.

It is impossible for someone to be saved without being elected by God to salvation. This is the doctrine that many people of interest build their own interpretation and encourage people to join their newfound faith. There was an experience that happened in Galatia during Paul’s time when Proselytes was very rampant. Paul made his way by introducing that there was no need to be circumcised to be saved. Peter could not make any argument with Paul, because during that time the apostles were afraid of Paul for being a very influential person because of his status as a citizen of Rome, and also known as the persecutor of the followers of Jesus.  Peter resisted this issue, but for some reason the bible becomes silent.

Who will not be disappointed if you learned that after you work hard to develop your faith, it goes to nothing without further explanation and learned that only the elect will be saved?  Of course, it feels unfair, bias, and unjustified the way it is arranged. The biblical doctrine of election teaches that God chooses to save some, and not choose everyone; these are the elect.—Mark 13:20.

God chooses the elect with His saving grace to show love, especially to undeserving sinners and unbelievers as well.  This love involves those that are not elected will be drawn to Christ— Ephesians 1:4–6, supports this act of God according to Paul; “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

God’s elect has nothing to do with us being left out. God’s act in predestination is an act of love. God’s foreknowledge that we will never choose Him over a luxurious lifestyle.  We are all sinners, and actually have no rights at all to be disgusted. The wages of sin are death; being sinners we are technically separated from God.  What is our right then?  Do we have the right to question God?  I don’t think so!  When we sin, we rebel against His love, power, and authority.

If we are not part of the elect, then we could be part of the chosen ones that He will send to Jesus. And Jesus in response as stated in John 6; “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them”—John 6:44.  This is the love of the Father with the Son. No one can be saved unless they are elected. God wants the non-elect to come to faith with Jesus Christ. Those that are not the elect have their free will to choose their own destiny or desires.  To continue or not to continue the rejection against Christ could be the end of the discussion.

God has a choice that anyone comes to faith in Christ in order to be saved, an individual must make the choice. We can surrender in faith and if not the bottom line is, we could not be saved. When we seriously read the process of salvation even before you read this article you are already saved because you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and therefore, eventually, our confidence works and finds God’s hand is at work all along the way. The Holy Script saves your day. If you are disgusted earlier and now relieve, say sorry!  We can experience at this moment that the conviction of the Holy Spirit to our soul will realize that God’s love is immeasurable and He changes our unregenerate hearts to enable us to believe.

Our relationship with God is already a choice that we have made and God wants us to pursue that relationship with Him to win us over.  God does this with everyone to shake up and wake up for some reason that people will believe in Him more genuinely, spiritually attuned, and physically and morally sensitive with His grace.  If people will only contribute their own goodness to salvation and walk by faith to share that goodness we may no longer have a saving problem.

The Scripture is God’s breath and it teaches us that God has chosen it to save some people, and He chooses them based on His own purpose.  Confusing as it may seem,  but the message is very clear as Paul describes that God: “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love, he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4–6

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13, In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14.

Whether we are called, chosen, or elect we will be all equally the same in Sprit.   We could be in the same heaven or not, but we will not know it until then.  As I say, I’m not being dogmatic about it, but that is probably the reason we have heavens.

Christians, Jews, and Islam are alike for this purpose.  We could be living in the same celestial body but in different dimensions. There are many possibilities for how we create the everlasting joy we are facing after this life and that God will not mind if we use the gift of imagination.

Predestination is absolutely a biblical teaching. Numerous other New Testament passages also refer to believers being called, chosen, or elected to salvation (Matthew 24:22, 31; Mark 13:20, 27; Romans 8:33; 9:11; 11:5–7, 28; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 5:21; 2 Timothy 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1–2; 2:9; 2 Peter 1:10). There is no escaping the fact that God predetermines who will be saved.

To the Trinity, we dedicate this article.

To God be the glory

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D., Bishop Emeritus

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