Was the Gospel really preached to every creature which is under heaven?
Before Christ created the world, He wrote down the names of several people in His [i.e. the Lamb’s] “Book of Life” (Luke 10:20, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, Revelation 17:8, 20:15). It turns out that this book contains the names of all those who are ‘elect.’ Elect is a term which refers to those persons whom God has chosen ahead of time to inherit salvation. In Bible verses such as 1 Peter 1:2 and Romans 8:29, the bible tells us that God’s choices were based upon His foreknowledge or His knowing-ahead-of-time.
(Also see What Does The Bible Mean By Election?, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God & Fore knowledge is a Condition)
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. (1 Peter 1:2)
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [i.e. elect] to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)
But what exactly did God know ahead of time and how did this information affect His rationale for choosing one person but not another? The Bible tells us that God is not a respecter of persons so we know that God’s foreknowledge has nothing to do with one’s physical appearance, nationality nor one’s efforts of any sort. The the only logical and biblical conclusion regarding the criteria which God used when choosing His elect is faith (i.e. whether a person would obey the gospel). Continue reading