It’s true that believers are predestined. That’s biblical. Believers are predestined, but predestined to what exactly? Predestined to believe? No, the Bible never says that. The Bible describes predestination in different ways. Here are a few examples:
(Ephesians 1:3-5) Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in  Christ: According as he hath chosen us in  him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Notice it doesn’t say: “According as he hath chosen us [to be] in him before the foundation of the world…”
Who were chosen? Those in Christ before the foundation of the world. Believers were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. We see in 1 Corinthians 15, that “in Christ” all are going to be “made alive”. A reference to the bodily resurrection of believers:
(1 Corinthians 15:22) For as in Adam all die, even so in  Christ shall all be made alive.
Also notice that the predestination is unto the adoption. The adoption is spoken of in relation to the redemption of the body (the resurrection), in Romans 8:23:
(Romans 8:23) And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.
(Ephesians 1:13, 14) In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Again, predestination has nothing to do with being predestined to believe. Believers have not been predestined to faith. Such a verse is not found in the Bible:
(Romans 8:29, 30) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
As you can see, predestination is not unto faith. It’s unto the adoption and salvation in the fullest sense of the words. This is why we see glorification in view, in Romans 8:30. Because the redemption of the body is when we will be conformed to the image of the Son. The process of sanctification (our being conformed to Christ’s image), while having already started, will not be completed until the resurrection.
(2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14) But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here’s an excerpt from Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges on 2 Thessalonians 2:13
““Chosen unto salvation” stands in contrast with “son of perdition” and “the perishing” (2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:10); “sanctification of spirit” and “belief in truth” on the part of God’s elect, with the “pleasure in unrighteousness” and “belief in the lie” that mark the dupes of Antichrist. These are the moral preconditions of final salvation and perdition respectively.”
Again, let’s read John 6:40:
(John 6:40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
All who believe on Christ and access that gift of grace (salvation / everlasting life) will be bodily raised up…resurrected (the promise of everlasting life fulfilled).
So, believers were chosen in Christ and predestined to be conformed unto the image of the Son before the foundation of the world. Since God is outside of time and omnisciently knows the end from the beginning, He speaks of believers being chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. So, God’s choosing was in the context of our being in Christ. His choosing had nothing to do with choosing who would believe to access grace in Christ. Rather, God’s choosing was in relation to our position in Christ since God did foreknow believers from before the foundation of the world.
And the Calvinists counter with: “but faith is a work if it comes from man!”
We’ve already seen previously in this blog, that faith for the gift of salvation (eternal life) is never a work, regardless of source, because all faith accesses is God’s grace (unmerited favor). Faith is the antithesis of works of the law, in the Bible. We don’t come to Christ to merit eternal life. We come to Christ as ungodly sinners in need of the gift of salvation (eternal life) that’s by God’s grace (unmerited favor). To believe in Christ for the gift of salvation is to abandon trusting in our works to merit God’s favor. Faith must be in the heart, though, per God’s drawing.
So, i believe there is one predestination, not two, and that one predestination has a future fulfillment at the bodily resurrection of the saints:
(John 6:47) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
(Daniel 12:2) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
Believers have everlasting life (salvation) as a gift of God’s grace, and yet, everlasting life has a future fulfillment / manifestation at the bodily resurrection of believers:
(John 3:36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
(John 5:24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is passed from death unto life.
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(Mark 6:11) And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment , than for that city.
Believers are passed from death unto life, and yet, will still physically die. But after we age and physically die, we will not be condemned (judgment). We will be raised up…resurrected to eternal life bodily, to live with the Lord forever. Praise the Lord!
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
(Romans 10:8-10) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation .
(Romans 13:11) And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation  nearer than when we believed.
Here’s an excerpt from Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers on Romans 13:11)
“Our salvation.—That blissful participation in His kingdom which the Messiah at His Second Coming should inaugurate for His people. (Comp. Romans 8:19; Romans 8:23, “the manifestation of the sons of God,” “the redemption of the body;” Luke 21:28, “your redemption draweth nigh.”)
When we believed.—When we first became Christians. Every hour brings the expected end nearer.”
Believers in Christ possess salvation (eternal life) as a gift of God, the firstfruits of the Spirit being experienced now, but our salvation and adoption in the fullest sense of the words is yet to be fully manifested on that day when our mortal bodies will be resurrected to eternal life bodily (sanctification complete). Salvation begins when we believe, continues as we are sanctified throughout our entire lives, and will be completed at the resurrection of the saints. That is when the promise of eternal life will be fulfilled.