Which is it? Are we saved because God chooses us or because we choose God? Well, let’s see what the Bible says. . . OK, it looks like the evidence is conclusive for free will: Num. 14:11; Deut. 30:11-15; Josh. 24:15; Rm. 2:10-11; 10:13; 1 Tim. 2:4. Only problem is, the case is just as strong for predestination: Mt. 22:14; Jn. 15:16; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:11-22; Eph. 1:4-5; 2 Thess. 2:10-13; Jude 4. That means the only logical conclusion is that both are true. In other words, it’s not a case of either/or but of both/and. I know; that doesn’t make sense. But when did God ever say his purposes make sense to us? Sounds like a little humility is in order here.
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