God’s Foreknowledge Of Man’s Choices

There are some Christians who say that God, in His infinite foreknowledge, looks into the possible futures of a person’s life (there could be almost an infinite number of possible futures) to see what that person would have done if they had heard the Gospel. Concerning this idea that God looks into the possible futures of a person’s life to see what that person would have done if they had heard the Gospel, I view as placing a limit on God’s foreknowing capability.

Some Christians say that God foreknows what a person will do when they hear the Gospel because God sees the past and the future as one big picture all at once since God is outside of time that He created as part of this universe. Again, I view this view as placing a limit on God’s foreknowing capability.

Some Christians (primarily Calvinists) say that God foreknows what a person will do when they hear the Gospel because God before He created this universe unconditionally chose who He would make (irresistibly) accept the Gospel (accept Christ as their savior). I view this view as placing a severe limit on God’s foreknowing capability.

My favorite way of viewing and talking about God’s foreknowledge of who will accept the Gospel (Christ as their savior) is as follows. God foreknows those whom He can convince/persuade to make a free will decision to accept His call/drawing to accept Christ as their savior. Yes, God foreknows more than just who will accept His call/drawing to accept Christ as their savior; God foreknows those whom He can convince/persuade to make a free will decision to accept His call/drawing to accept Christ as their savior—which also means that God does not need to perform a supernatural transformation of an unbelievers will/heart to enable/enlighten their will/heart to be able to accept God’s call/drawing to accept Christ as their savior. God just needs to use the Holy Spirit and the word of God to convict/convince/persuade the lost to accept the gospel message instead of rejecting it.

I am not saying that God calls/draws only those whom He foreknows He can convince/persuade to make a free will decision to accept His call/drawing to accept Christ as their savior. Scripture clearly teaches that Christ is drawing all men to Himself—however, in this group of all people God foreknows those whom He can convince/persuade to make a free will decision to accept His call/drawing to accept Christ as their savior.

If the unbeliever of his own free will accepts God’s call/drawing to accept Christ as his or her savior then God performs a supernatural event called being born again (or regeneration) in which the Holy Spirit permanently indwell the now believing individual providing the believer with Holy Spirit comfort, power and help to live the Christian life. The only reason to have God perform a supernatural transformation of an unbeliever’s will/heart to enable/enlighten their will/heart to be able to accept God’s call/drawing to accept Christ as their savior is if you agree with Augustine’s, Luther’s and Calvin’s idea that the fall of mankind disabled the free will capability to accept or reject God’s call/drawing and commands with mankind now possessing only an evil nature (and to that nature, man’s will is in total bondage to)—instead of fallen mankind being corrupt bipolar sinners having a good pole and an evil pole pulling on their wills and a free will capable of choosing to follow the good pole or the evil pole and capable of accepting or rejecting God’s call/drawing and commands, the free will that God created Adam and Eve with.

About thoughtsbydcg1

Am a Christian that wants to share some of my Bible deductions and interpretations with other folk and wants to hear from other Christians. My wife and I live in Johnstown, Colorado and attend High Plains Baptist Church in Milliken, Colorado.
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