“3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he[c] predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” That’s from Ephisians, chapter 1, and it got me thinking.
It got me thinking about the whole Calvinist/Arminian debate. As you may know, some people (Calvinist) think that it is already predetermined whether or not we will go to heaven. They have lots of scripture that backs them up. Others have trouble with this idea. It seems to make our actual choices in life irrelevant. It makes our very existence something of a cruel joke. They also have scripture to back them up.
On the surface, the above quote seems to support the Calvinists.
But there’s an important question about the text I got to wondering:
Who is the “us” he refers to?
Is it only Christians?
I am NOT claiming that everybody ends up in heaven.
But I find myself thinking that the destiny of everyone is heaven. That is what we are meant for. That is where God wants us. That is where we’re created to be.
What better definition of desinty could there be?
If Destiny is not the place we will end up but the place that we’re supposed to end up, then this quote becomes about God’s love for all of us, rather than an exclusionary promise of damnation.