Timeless truths about predestination. Often Romans 9-11 are used as a basis for predestination and in particular Calvinism, named after John Calvin (one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation.) However, in the heart of these chapters we read, “Whoever believes…Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” In the context of this chapter, Paul would have clarified who he meant by “whoever” if “whoever” did not mean anyone. If these chapters are teaching that God predestines some to salvation and others to hell, then he would have clarified in these verses that only those who are “chosen” will believe instead of using the word “whoever.”
In explaining the Gospel, Paul said that people believe when they hear the message of salvation! Paul also said who can call on the name of the Lord – WHOEVER. In our culture of “alternate facts” and redefining history, it would be great if we would simply let the word whoever mean what is says.
“For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”” Romans 10:11-15 NASB