Both Ignorant and Obedient choose his/her Eternity

   

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Both Ignorant and Obedient choose his/her Eternity

1. Teachers are Ignorant

Why some sincere Christians create false doctrine? The primary reason is that they are unlearned in the wholesome words of God.  They do not even know the fundamental, basic doctrine of salvation.  However, the Bible, the word of God, supports only the doctrine of Jesus Christ, which is same as the apostle's doctrine. All other doctrines are man made.  "1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." But, prominent theologians, who are ignorant of the wholesome words of God, the teachings of Jesus Christ and doctrine according to godliness, make their own doctrine by pulling the verses of the Bible out of context and twisting it from the intended meaning of the verse.

2. People choose their destinations

"2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."  Becoming the sons and daughters are solely by separating ourselves from sin, keeping ourselves as the temple of God, by obeying God using his power.  The godly people are predestinated by God that they should live as Jesus Christ lived.  They will be declared sons of God as Jesus Christ was declared as the begotten Son of God. 

"Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. ... 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."  God gives the power to become the children of God to those who receive him.  It is not what predestination doctrine says.  Again, whoever uses the power to mortify the deeds of their flesh, will be glorified and be joint-heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ.

"John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine... 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep... 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."  As God is the good shepherd and know his sheep, the sheep also know God, hear his voice, and follow God in his ways.  Those who do not follow God are not his sheep.  Of course God knows every thing.  However, the sheep knows him, hear him and they follow him.  Because of this, the sheep becomes God's sheep. 

3. Obedient People are Chosen

The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, has died for the whole world.  God's grace which is his word, power and presence are available to the humble.  He gave commandments to people.  God made his kingdom inheritable to the obedient.  He sets rewards for the good deeds of the people. God has set conditions so that people may become join-heirs with Jesus Christ and receive his rewards.  The bottom line condition is to obey the commandments of God.  Obedience to God is the key.  Whoever are obedient are predestinated. That is, if you are obedient to God you are predestinated to live as Jesus lived. Those who overcome will inherit the kingdom of God. God did not predestinate any particular person or any particular group.  God chose, whosoever met the conditions, for himself.  They inherit all things.  "2 Chronicles 16:9 ...the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.  Psalms 4:3 ...the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself..."  So, it is up to us to trust him enough to believe what he has said and love him enough to obey what he has commanded us to do.  As we obey him, he will lead us and will abide with us.  So, our eternal destiny is in our hands.  God did not predestinate our eternal destiny. 

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