Christ’s Death the Only Difference
I realize that nobody can believe what I call gospel unless God causes them to. Literally: cannot believe it. We can discuss freewill all day, but nobody of their freewill believes in a God who saves sinners by death on the cross. (The offense is not only that God only saves some of the sinners.)
By nature, we would rather believe that there is more to it. By nature, we believe that community with other religious people will change us so that by grace we really do become more acceptable to God.
By nature, we believe that God is not strict on justice. By nature, we believe that what we believe about God is a condition of salvation, and not a result of God’s purpose. By nature, we want to believe in order to be saved. By nature, we cannot believe that the elect believe what they do because God elected them to do that.
Even if the Lord Jesus does not come back for a very long time, it won’t be long until I enter into the big sleep until Resurrection Day comes. With Christ, except asleep….though the ultimate thing has already happened, there is some “not yet” left.
Christ has risen, the first-fruits. But then, those who belong to Him, those He purchased by His death as a punishment (Revelation 5!)
So I believe in predestination. But now I know that the content, the ultimate object of faith by the people God has chosen to salvation is not in what God will do in them (even in that future resurrection) , but what God has done for them in Christ’s death. The Bible way of saying this is Romans 6: Christ died to sin, and His people died with Him.