Concerning God’s Sovereignty – Predestination – Free will – Love
Free will is absolutely essential for love to manifest in an environment of purity and authenticity. God is defined as perfect LOVE (1 John 4:7-21) and consequently He desires love – relationship (with intimacy) from both His angelic and human creation; therefore, mankind, having been created in God’s spiritual image (Genesis 1:26-28), is endowed by God with the communicable attribute of love, both in verb and noun form.
True love cannot be predestined, coerced nor can true love exist in an environment of fear; therefore, God desires a pure love from His created beings and God entered the Realm of Time, constrained by flesh and physics (John 1; Hebrews 1; Colossians 1; Philippians 2), and gave Himself via selfless-love at Golgotha to demonstrate His personal love for His created beings and desires that we reciprocate by giving ourselves, mind-body-spirit, to Him by trusting in Him as our Lord, God, Savior, Mediator; this, made possible by faith – trusting in Jesus Christ as our Lord who died for us (Matthew 22:37; John 3:16-17).
Those who suggest my Lord predestines some to life and some to death in Hell are void the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and these do not know the Living God and His eschatological plan for Time and Eternity and causation for the creation narrative that is founded upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:9-10); furthermore, God desires that all men and women come to a knowledge of the Truth and find life in Jesus Christ as their Lord for the mediation of sin (1 Timothy 2:4); furthermore, God does NOT desire that any perish in the “second death” in Hell but God gave Himself for us in Jesus Christ that we can live in Him, forever, by trusting in Jesus as our Lord who died for us (2 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 5:2).