The doctrine of predestination is one of the most misunderstood teachings of Scripture. It is widely taught from Genesis to Revelation, still, many find it difficult to understand and even abhorrent to receive.
Why is it so? Man is full of pride, and that should be enough reason to reject the doctrine of predestination. Man is spiritually dead, and he cannot understand the way of a Sovereign God. Man is dead in trespasses and sins. His mind is abject to the truth, and he looks always for the most complacent way.
Predestination, as it is taught in the Bible, is the truth that there is a God who created this world according to a plan. He had this plan laid out from before the foundation of the world. God made a Covenant within the Godhead-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- that He was going to create a world and creatures for His glory.
He planned the fall of man to provide a unique Savior – Jesus Christ. God prepared the Serpent to deceive and to destroy His Work. He did this because He had a greater Work in mind – the Atonement.
These things are difficult for most people to understand because they are not familiar with the Scriptures. They prefer to go to a church and be taught lies that make them feel good about themselves.
The Bible talks about how man is: deceitful and desperately wicked. The Bible also says who God is: Righteous, Holy, and a Consuming Fire. In Jesus Christ, God revealed Himself as the Lamb that was going to redeem His people. He didn’t die for everyone, but only for those that He planned to save before the beginning of the world.
That’s where predestination comes about. God created vessels of mercy, and vessels of wrath appointed to destruction. This is what Romans 9 talks about, and everyone who calls himself a Christian should know this very well.