Did God choose me or I chose Him to be saved?


Free Will vs. Predestination: Did God choose me, or I chose Jesus because of my free will so that I can be saved?

In reformed theology, Calvinists insist that the sole cause of being born again (regeneration) is God’s will alone. We are given eternal life through Jesus because God chose to save us (Doctrine of Election).

God first sovereignly and efficaciously regenerates, and only in consequence of that do we act by choosing to believe. Otherwise, without God’s regeneration, the sinful, wretched man is incapable of believing.

God does choose who He will save because He is sovereign. Hence the debate between Free will, Monergism, Synergism, and Predestination.

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1. Our free will is limited

We are free to make choices, but it has moral or eternal consequences. For John Cassian, man is either born good or born bad. Therefore it is up to him to make decisions. However, scripture is clear— man is born evil.

Romans 3:10-12
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together, they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

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2. Monergism: “God’s Will” leads to “My Will”

Although we still have a general “Free Will,” Divine Monergism (Irresistible grace) holds that God works through the Holy Spirit to bring about an individual’s salvation through spiritual regeneration, regardless of the individual’s cooperation. [Reformed tradition]

John 6:44
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him at the last day.”

Acts 9:18
And immediately, something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he arose, and Paul was baptized….

Ephesians 1:11
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will….

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3. Synergism: “My Will” and “God’s Will”

It holds that God works with us to be saved. Although it’s man’s “Free will to choose or reject Jesus,” God can choose to intervene and regenerate someone’s heart to come to Jesus and be saved. In short, salvation are by both “divine grace” and “human freedom to choose.” [Arminian Protestants]

John 3:16
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.

The good news of the Bible.

4. We have free will, but some are are predestined

Some people choose to believe Jesus while others don’t. They are exercising free will. However, because of God’s love and sovereignty, He predestined certain people to be saved.

God led their path to Christ so they may believe. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit or, like Paul, revealed Himself. (John 6:44; Doctrine of election and predestination)

Romans 1:28-29
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.

Romans 8:30
… And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

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5. Our free will leads us to hell

God foreknew “those who will reject Jesus,” even if they heard the Gospel. God let them be by allowing their “free will” to reject Christ (the reprobates).

The problem, most of us are reprobates and will use our free will to reject God—unless He regenerates our heart to believe, receive, and repent.

You can say that those who God did not override their unbelief were not worth it. But scripture says God wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4-6). Hence, we can see man’s free will in this sense.

Since they will never believe, their only hope is to pass the judgment before the Great White Throne of God. But who can stand sinless before a Holy God, who is also a just God?

Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

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Bottom line, God can override our “free will”

  • God can override our unbelief.
  • He can put fear and faith into the hearts of men, which doesn’t mean He always does.
  • Like Paul, God has preselected some people to be saved, even if at first they refused.
  • Faith comes by believing (John 3:16) and hearing God’s words (Romans 10:17). The reason we proclaim the Gospel.
  • Jesus is the author and perfector of our faith but you must first believe and receive Him.

Jeremiah 32:40
I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me so that they will never turn away from me.

Ezekiel 36:26
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

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