Don’t be upset with me if (I) choose not to be Jose Jalapeno on a Predestined Stick.
If the world around (me) looks full of Future Possibilities that God is Open to.
If (I) don’t serve a God who’s Predestined Stick is up every ones Backside.
If (my) God makes a choice for Libertarian Freedom,
and not the Stick of Predestination.
Keep your Stick firmly embedded if it brings you Determined Certainty.
(I) on the other Hand prefer a more Open and Comfortable relationship with my God.
One in which (my) Movements and our Shared Future is less Constricted and Predestined.
There is a very strong theme throughout the scriptures which for the most part is rarely touched on in our highly individualized theology. That is the idea of Group Salvation or that one can affect the future of many, to the good or the bad I must add. We are told by Paul that all of us where in Adam falling victims to his nonsense.
A little later in the Biblical Narrative Abram is told to leave his people and that God will make a mighty nation of him, and least he think small as we often do, God says his descendants will be as the “stars of the sky.” This being an obvious reference to a group of people far bigger than the just the Nation Israel.
Then Moses leads a people out of captivity into freedom, the journey starts with a sacrifice performed by one person which covers everyone in the house. Many years down the road in utter frustration God tells Moses why don’t we just start over again, because this group of people are a very stubborn lot of souls. Moses then reminds God that this is a group salvation and “what will the neighbors say” that God can’t save his own chosen? Not to mention what would be the fate of those outside of the group if God can’t get the job done with His little experimental group. Salvation is for this group of stiff-necked people, for the most part “in spite of themselves.”
Now we come to the messiah Jesus Christ who John the Baptist proclaims takes away the sins of the world even though he has come for the house of Israel. Is is rejected by his group and in a wonderful act of reverse engineering everyone passes through him, just like they came out of Adam. Paul give us wonderful insights into this in his book to the Romans when he records ” as in Adam all dies so to in Christ all shall be made alive.”
Then in the first major expansion of this new group of the Jesus Way 3000 souls are added to what shall be a group as large as the “stars of the night.” It all begins with a question “what must WE do to be saved” because it is a WE thing and have no doubt about it, the coming Messiah was not a me thing but a WE thing!
A few years Later God drags Peter kicking and screaming to the house of a Gentile, because the group was getting small and exclusive again. Then we see this gentile embrace Jesus the Messiah of the world but its anything but personal, for indeed his choice affects his whole house hold no questions asked. We are told by John that Jesus Christ not only affected a shift for the experimental Group (Jesus Followers) but indeed the whole world. Then in another Letter Paul tells of the day when in completion God shall be all in all to His eternal Glory.
John tell us “Then the books shall be opened” and we shall see that all the groups were in fact one group and God will sort it all out in Love and Righteousness. So what are the implications for us in this “Is Jesus your Personal Savior age,” I’m not quite sure as a Pastor and Teacher but one thing for sure, I feel I have not been told the whole story up to this point.
“Predestination means that you were eternally found in Jesus before you were ever lost in Adam.” C. Baxter Kruger