Thursday is coming very quickly, so I am going to move on to another round of discussion: unconditional election. The common way to explain election from a non-Calvinistic point of view is to say that God looked through the portals of time before the foundations of the world and saw me walking down the aisle to trust Christ, and since God saw and knew that I would make that decision, He chose (elected) me and predestined me to go to heaven. God foreknew what I would do before I did it and chose me. This explanation sounds great to us because it keeps the ball safely in our court where we are in control. But think about it, that is rediculous and pointless. Why would God choose me before the foundation of the world, if I am going to choose Him anyway, why throw that extra layer in the cake? The truth is, God did not choose us based on future obedience or future faith.
1 Peter 1:2 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.
A good example of what Peter meant by "foreknowledge" is found in Acts 2:23 "Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain."
Because God is the only independent Being, then it is necessary that He choose or determine His purposes without consulting with my free will as a basis of His choosing. God consults nobody but His own good pleasure in election.
Isaiah 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? If my election was based on my future actions, then God would have had to learn of those actions and choose accordingly. But that can't be, because God learns nothing, He knows everything because He has decreed all that will come to pass:
Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.