Thanks for that Sylv.The belief of predestination has arisen from one particular verse:
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: Having predestinated (proorizō) us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated (proorizō) according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
There, it is understood by most, but not all, that the predestination, is not for each individual, but rather for a place of blessing destined to be filled by whoever happen to accept the calling of God.
God choses whom He calls,
but it is for the ones that hears to respond.
That is the law of free will.
As brother Boanerges pointed out, some individuals seem to have been predestined, such people being a fondamental key to the working of God's plan to bring salvation to His creation. Not everyone is.
To emphasise that what was predestined is a blessing rather than an individual persons, 1Corinthians 2:7 reads:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before (predestined - proorizō) the world unto our glory.
Furthermore, if any individual have been blessed by having been predestined by the Almighty, it is for one single reason, and just the one:
For His glorification.
The belief of predestination has recently increased in popularity, and it is thought by some that they have received this blessing, indeed... that all Christians might also have. To these I ask, and I say with all fully due respect, as a brother in Christ, and a humble servant:
By what evidence in your active life would you describe yourself as predestined by our Creator to the glorification of Himself, as a fondamental key to the working of God's plan to bring salvation to His creation, and what substantiation would you have in asserting your lack of free will in following the calling of God?
I am interested in that subject, and wish to offend no one, but desire to be enlightened.
Vines Expository Dictionart of the New Testament:What does "predestinate" mean ?