I’ve been attempting to dig deeper into the Word and I am a bit hung up on the theology of predestination. If I recognize the Calvinist view of predestination it is that God has currently selected these who will be saved and these who will be separate from Him. If this is so, then why does Jesus say in Matthew 19-20 19 Go hence and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey every little thing that I have commanded you. And try to remember, I am with you often, to the finish of the age.”?
If God has currently determined then why need to we spread the Word? Shouldn’t we want to bring a lot more folks to Christ? I imply I guess this attitude says that we have some sort of say in our salvation, which I think that salvation comes from Jesus Christ alone.
Does not the most quoted verse contradict predestination as properly? John three:16 16 For God so loved the planet that he gave his a single and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Is salvation identified in Jesus alone or is it predetermined by God?