**God bless Jcrichton and every readers of the CAF. **
There is an extremely important sentence in your post as follows:
But, as the Church has correctly Taught throughout the ages, man’s freewill must respond to God’s Call to Life.
Yes, man’s free will must respond to God’s Call to Life.
The knowledge of Predestination and salvation is start when we know, where is the exact point, in the sequence of events of our salvation, when we are in THE POSITION, when we are ABLE to freely and positively respond to God’s Call to life.
If a Christian doesn’t know the above exact point of his POSITION, when he is ABLE to freely and positively respond to God’s Call to life, he does not understand Predestination and Salvation.
THE DEPRAVITY OF A NATURAL/CARNAL MAN CAUSED BY THE FALL
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But the natural man does not receives the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
THE WAY TO SPIRITUAL LIFE THROUGH INITIAL JUSTIFICATION
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; **I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. **
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.
27 And I will put my Spirit in you and CAUSE YOU (our cooperation is produced (not just enabled) by God’s operation) TO FOLLOW MY DECREES and be careful to keep my laws. – In the brackets added.
**WE SEE ABOVE THERE ARE TWO POSITIONS **
Every member of the entire human race is in Adam or in Christ, there is no in between position.
The natural/carnal/condemned POSITION IN ADAM – Before Initial Justification/Ez.36:25-27.
The spiritual/Initially Justified/being in the state of grace POSITION IN CHRIST – After Initial Justification/Ez.36:25-27.
**The bridge from Adam to Christ is Initial Justification, described in Ez.36:25-27; etc.
At our Initial Justification, God washed us clean, recreated is in Christ by heart transplant, taken us into the state of grace, we have received God’s gift of Everlasting Life and His grace The Gift of Final Perseverance which is an Eternal Protection of our Salvation/Everlasting Life. – This was an INSTANT EVENT by solely the works of God called monergism.
Our Initial Justification is our FIRST STAGE of our salvation. – It is God’s free gift for us.
From our Initial Justification until we die is the SECOND STAGE of our salvation, called Progressive Justification. – This stage is synergism, it is done by Faith + Works of love.
TO MAKE IT CLEAR!!!
We get God’s gift OF heaven by Grace alone, by Faith alone.
We get rewards IN heaven by Works of love.
To mix the two together is the Pollution of the Gospel in it’s heart!!!
As God’s children/elect, our salvation is irrevocable. – DE FIDE Dogma.
In the SECOND STAGE of our salvation: God gives us His gift of Formed Faith and we are able to positively respond to it, because we are ALREADY in Christ and we are ALREADY in the state of grace, as God’s elect, we are ALREADY have God’s IRREVACABLE gift of Salvation/Everlasting Life and now at the first time, we are able to co-operate with the grace of God.