John 1:12-13; 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (NKJV)
Did Abraham choose God? Did the apostle Paul have anything to do with His salvation? Did Jesus choose His disciples (hand picked), or did the disciples decide themselves to follow Christ?
Ephesians 1 5:6; 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.(NKJV)
This debate has gone on for a long time and not many people will change their opinion on it. But I just wanted to through my two cents into it, I see more verses pertaining to God being 100% sovereign in our salvation. Believing that we had anything to do with salvation makes a co-author of it. God is the author of our salvation (Heb. 5:8; "He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,) But, I don't think God will be to0 angry with me if I give Him all the credit.
One more verse Numbers 16:5; 5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who is His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him. That one whom He chooses He will cause to come near to Him.
I love you all, regardless. God's peace
I no longer hold this view 100%. I believe their is only one predestined from the beginning of time, who is Christ. All who are in Christ become of that family that God had predestine since the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:5). And that we have limited free will in which God gives us the ability to choose or reject Him. Yes God has the foreknowledge of who would be saved and who would harden their heart, but God wishes all men to come to Him and be saved. I no longer believe that God dooms from the womb. If God caused some unable to repent, then logically He couldn't hold them accountable for the Truth. I'm not going to make a big deal out of this, just going on the record stating my change in position on this matter.
He predestined us (the whole OT and NT church)to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
bless you all,