“Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Tim. 2:10 NKJV).
Paul suffered for the elect that they may obtain the salvation with eternal glory. In context, Paul is writing to the elect (chosen ones) who have already believed Jesus through the gospel. Paul is not suffering to share the gospel to unbelievers. He is working hard to bring believers to eternal glory. If the elect are already predestined to glory because they have been justified by faith (Rom. 8:29-30), why would Paul write this seemingly contradictory verse? One perspective of predestination tells us that Christians will make it to glory no matter how they live. Paul, writing to believers, does not see predestination this way. (more…)