“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—” (Ephesians 1.4-5 NIV).
Predestination seems to create quite the debate, but it actuality it is quite simple. God is good and He has predetermined that all people should become His children, but we have the free will to accept or deny this invitation. Predestination is an appointment, not a requirement. It cannot overstep the bounds of our free will—we have to make a choice to consent to this appointment. Although God created each of us, He gives us the choice to call Him Father or not. And the only way we can call Him father is if we accept His Son, Jesus. We all have this gift of “sonship” set before us—co-heirs with Christ, Child of God, Holy Priesthood—but we must open this gift in order to activate it. Some people may never open their gift, but it doesn’t mean that God didn’t predestine them to have it. He loves all of His children, and He longs for each of us to be adopted into His family through Jesus Christ. But He does not want robots; He wants sons and daughters who choose to embrace His love and His will. The predestination of “sonship” shot across space and time when Jesus rose from the grave, and it is up to us to receive it.
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8.29 NKJV).