Did Jesus intend to save ALL individuals of the human race by his work of redemption or did he intend to save his chosen and elect whom he forknew and predestined ?
The Christian humanists say that Jesus Christ died for all, but only those who accept him will receive eternal life, however let us examine Romans 8:28-30.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according go His purpose. 29) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30) and WHOM HE FOREKNEW HE ALSO PREDESTINED AND WHOM HE PREDESTINED,THESE HE ALSO CALLED AND THESE HE ALSO CALLED, and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
So we know from this scripture that “THOSE HE PREDESTINED,them he also called.”
God has ordained that the gospel be preached to all but only those for whom Christ died,( his elect) through the proclamation or preaching of the gospel will have ears to hear the truth because God will exercise His sovereign power to save them by giving them divine revelation of who he is. The Holy Spirit will CALL them out of the world AND translate them from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son.
Since man is totally depraved, that is dead in trespasses and sin, he has no ability on his own to come to God. God is not in his thoughts. In fact the bible says that the unregenerate or carnal man is in enmity (has a deep seated hatred)with God. How then can one who by nature hates God come to him? He cannot!
A spiritually dead person cannot give himself spiritual life anymore than a physically dead person can give himself physical live. That requires a supernatural act on the part of God, for God alone has the words of eternal life! Jesus said that “no one can come tome unless the Father enaables him.” John 6:65
We get into the family of God in the same way that we get into our human family, by being born into it. By the supernatural act of God Himself, one becomes born again, born from above, born of God, through His Holy Spirit. This act takes us out of the kingdom of Satan and places us in His spiritual kingdom by a spiritual rebirth.
No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him.
No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Joh 6:44)
The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you. (Jer 31:3)
And you hath he quickened, who were DEAD in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were DEAD in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the GIFT of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10
All that the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37
In conclusion, Jesus came so that he could save those whom the Father, by his Holy Spirit calls and draws to Jesus, who have been predestined (predetermined) to salvation.
As scriptures say, “God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.” Acts 15:14