The possible differences between God’s elect to Heaven and people who are “Born Again.”
Greetings in Christ.
Let’s see the predestination to Glory/Heaven according to the teaching of the Church and the Scripture.
PREDESTINATION TO THE BRIDE OF CHRIST/CHURCH/ GLORY/HEAVEN
- This is an EXCLUSIVE election.
John 6:44 … NO ONE can come to Me unless the Father DRAWS him.
John 6:65 I have said to you that NO ONE can come to Me unless it has been GRANTED to him by My Father.
John 15:16 … You DID NOT choose Me, but I CHOSE YOU …
The DESTINATION of this election and predestination is heaven.
God has predestined the elects according to His DECREED will.
This is an UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION. His election based on His ETERNAL DECREE ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.
The predestination and the salvation of the elects is 100% God’s choice.
God provides the predestined efficacious grace (irresistible grace).
The elects CANNOT lose their salvation because their salvation is protected by God’s GREAT AND SPECIAL GIFT OF FINAL PERSEVERANCE.
The names of the elect, and their full number is completed before the creation of the world.
Scripture Catholic by John Salza.
III. Predestination and the “Elect”
Quote: “There are two types of predestination, TO GRACE and TO GLORY. … Predestination is either to grace (WHICH WE COULD LOSE) or to glory (WHICH WE CANNOT LOSE). 1 Tim.2:6 – Jesus Christ gave Himself as a ransom for all (not just for the elect). But ONLY those predestined to glory will be saved.” End quote. (Emphasize mine.)
PREDESTINATION TO GRACE
If we think in two dimensions: Heaven and hell, then all those whom God has predestined to grace end up in hell as Salza teaches it and rightly so.
But if we think in three dimensions, as the Church fathers thought and according to the Bible prophecies, the eternal future of the human race is in three dimensions:-
b. God’s Kingdom on earth.
The outcome of the predestination to grace is everlasting life, not in hell but in the Kingdom of God on earth.
We don’t exactly know the way God Saves those whom He predestined to grace, or with other words, predestined into the Kingdom of God on earth.
[CCC 847] “Salvation involves an acceptance of God, but it’s not an absolute that such acceptance be conscious.” – [CCC 847] Could give us some clue.
They are in the state of grace and their work is accepted by God as supernatural merit worthy of reward (not reward OF the Kingdom of God but reward IN the Kingdom of God).
We see that in Rev.11:15; Matt.13:2-30, 36-43; Matt.25:31-40. This judgment takes place after Christ’s 2nd Coming and the sheep will enter into the Kingdom of God on earth.
Continued on the next post