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Ephesians 1 – Double Predestination

Paul Klee Tempelviertel Von Pert 150x150 Ephesians 1   Double PredestinationI simply don’t find the idea that God did not choose an non-Elect who from Creation were predestined to hell without recourse – double predestination.

From Wiki – Calvinistic predestination is sometimes referred to as “double predestination.” This is the view that God chose who would go to heaven, and who to hell, and that his decision is infallibly to come to pass. This point of view simultaneously denies that God is the Author of Evil, but the issue is a very difficult point of the doctrine of predestination. The difference between elect and reprobate is not in themselves, all being equally unworthy, but in God’s sovereign decision to show mercy to some, to save some and not others. It is called double predestination because it holds that God chose both whom to save and whom to damn, as opposed to single predestination which contends that though he chose whom to save, he did not choose whom to damn.

First, I don’t see how you can have single without double predestination. This seems like a dodge because you don’t like the implication. A doctor having no resource constraits does not choose to operate on a patient he could have saved who dies. There is no neglect simply because he did not choose? A choice was made. A choice not to act on their behalf. God, knowing all our hearts, can not not choose without having made a choice.

But worst, double predestination simply strikes me as not the God we read about in the Bible. Further, it seems a Bible would be unnecessary if this were true. If belief is installed in the believer, why the necessity to tell anyone about it.

Ephesians 1 is one of the Calvinist proof texts we need to examine. It discusses predestination.

Eph 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
Eph 1:5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will

Ephesians 1:4-5 The us/we is The Elect. We become the Elect when we believe, at that moment. He predestined much for the Elect. You could read it, He chose Paul, you and me in Him before the world. Or continuing with the sentence, you could read it, He chose the Elect in Him to be holy and blameless. As part of the Elect, God planned from the beginning that we, the Elect, would be holy and blameless in Christ.

Actually Calvinism is making the individual supreme, reading Ephesians 1 and Romans 9 as the individual, when this is focused on Jesus and His elect.

Paul makes this corporate read clearer when he transitions in Eph 1:13. “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,”

This points to the fact that we do not become part of the elect until having believed, AFTER listening. We can’t do that until we are around to listen. And here also transitions by using  ‘you’ instead of ‘us’. Here Paul talks about individual salvation whereas before he was discussing the group of saved, the Elect. As an individual, once we listen and believe, we enter into the predestined inheritance God has had planned for the Elect.

There are so few verses which Calvinism basis its beliefs. All seem to be readily rendered, Romans 9 being the most difficult for me, in complete contrast to their beliefs. The question then becomes, why choose this way of believing? To me it contradicts even the purpose of having a Bible. And does God really need us to protect His sovereignty? Is that even possible?

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