A few days ago I happened to have a conversation with someone on the differences between Arminian and Reformed thought on the teaching of the Bible. During the conversation my friend exclaimed, “You believe in predestination?”
“Of course,” I replied. “It is a biblical concept. So the question isn’t ‘if’ I believe in predestination, but what do I believe about it.”
This further dismayed her. So I showed her the classic passages that talk about predestination and actually use the term (Romans 8 and Ephesians 1). As I did, I happened upon another occurrence of the term: Acts 4:28.
for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place (emphasis added).
Acts chapter 4 talks about the passion of Jesus Christ, his betrayal, his appearance before Pilate, and finally his crucifixion. Could this passage suggest that God predestined Christ? Of course that is the case! We read about God’s promise of salvation in the scene of the first sin, in his promise to Abraham, and on and on throughout biblical history.
If God predestined Christ to die, could he not have also predestined us to salvation?
The question is thus: what do you believe the Bible teaches about predestination?