There is a direct quote by the Lord Jesus that many people have misunderstood. Many know it, but some misapply it. Jesus said,
“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Some believe that God sent his only son to those individuals chosen explicitly by him. They say God knew each individual and selected them so they could not possibly have resisted. They say others not called will never live eternally even if that was what they wanted.
However, this is not the teaching of John 3:16. The apostle Paul wrote that Jesus died for all (2 Corinthians 5:15). He repeated this truth in 1 Timothy 2:6. Peter, who preached on Pentecost, said in the epistle that bears his name that God does not wish “any to perish” (2 Peter 3:9).
God provided each person with the freedom to choose to either obey God or refuse. He has given the gospel to the whole world for this purpose (2 Thessalonians 2:14). On this basis, God does not show favoritism by predetermining anyone’s salvation or condemnation.
In the New Covenant, God never showed favoritism to any one person (Acts 10:34-35). Instead, he is pleased when people decide on their own to dedicate their lives to him through his son, Jesus.
Have you obeyed the gospel according to the plan God gave in the New Testament? You must choose. God’s call comes through the gospel, and you choose to obey him.
Do you know what you should do? If not, leave a comment here, and someone will help show you God’s plan in the scriptures.
John contributed a chapter in the multi-author book, The Right Kind of Christianity.