Is it possible to believe in both predestination and free will at the same time? Does scripture support one over the other?

asked by Rusty

David would probably be best to answer this one but I will take a shot at it, we will let scripture interpret scripture. The short answer is yes, I believe that you can believe in both predestination and freewill, at least I do. The Bible does teach us specifically about this subject. In John 3:16 says:

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  

“Whoever” is says not some, most, the chosen, etc but whoever. Also 2 Peter 3:9

 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 God is not wanting “anyone” to perish and he wants “everyone” who? I said WHO? EVERYONE!!! (That’s my charismatic preacher from Virginia coming out!)

 (Almost..) One more, for this one let’s go way back to the first part of the Bible, Genesis 22:18

 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Here God is talking to Abraham about His covenant with him and His promise that through his “offspring” or, “seed” in some translations, “all nations on earth will be blessed”. It is widely held that this “offspring” he is referring to was none other than Jesus himself. Referring to this verse in Genesis Paul wrote in Galatians 3:16

 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.

 So here again all nations, some nations? No, all nations WILL be blessed. The predestination that I believe in is that God has predestined us ALL to be with him.

In Exekiel 18:32 God said

32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!

Enter freewill; man was given the greatest gift other than that of Jesus Christ in the form of Freewill, our ability to choose not only the path of pour lives but the path of our eternity. Most of our problems, woes, why bad things happen, etc can be traced in some form to freewill and a decision that was made by someone which affected themselves or lives of others. Some will chose to accept God’s free gift offer of eternal life but most will not (Matt. 7:14). While all are predestined for him, only an elect chose to accept and maybe when God says in Ephesians 1:4-6 (which is one of the foundational verses for “Calvinism” which is the belief that God only chose’s some of us to be with Him and not all and if you’re a believer then you “made the cut”) maybe He is referring to His omniscience ability to know all and thus before the foundation of the world he knows who will and who will not and thus he calls us the elect. At any rate ultimately when you read this particular verse is says “chose us” not some of us, or part of us, but us. You could as easily place “all” in front of “us” as you can some or part.   

 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  {4} {5}5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  {5} {6}6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  

 Bottom line; God is a sovereign, loving God who ALWAYS makes the right, fair, and Holy, decision. He loves each of us and wants us to be in fellowship with him. I like David don’t believe God does “Duck, Duck, Goose” and all the geese goes with him and the ducks stay.