While gamboling upon the electronic frontier known as the internet I happened to come upon a curious thing and decided to throw it out here for discussion.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr>[color:"blue"]Doctrine of Justification<br><br>If there is one doctrine on which the Lutheran Church may be said to be a unit and on which it presents a united front, it is the doctrine of Justification by Faith alone, a doctrine which was the material principle of the Reformation. And yet many writers ignore or overlook a feature which constitutes the foundation of this doctrine and which is necessary for it’s right understanding, viz., Objective Justification. <br><br> Objective Justification may be defined as God’s declaration of amnesty to the whole world of sinners on the basis of the vicarious obedience of Christ, by which He secured a perfect righteousness for all mankind, which God accepted as a reconciliation of the world to Himself, imputing to mankind the merit of the Redeemer. <br><br> While this form of Justification is not what is usually understood by the term, it has abundant testimony from Scripture, as the following quotations will show: <br><br>“Therefore as by the offense of one, judgment came upon all men unto condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Rom. 5:18-19). <br><br>“Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” (Rom. 4:25). <br><br>“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:19). <br><br>“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21). <br><br>“And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2). <br><br> Subjective, or Personal or Individual Justification, or the act of God by which, out of pure mercy and grace for Christ’s sake, He pronounces the believers free from guilt and punishment and actually clothed with the imputed righteousness of Christ while he is in a state of faith, is the actual acceptance by faith of the Objective Justification. <br><br> In the Gospel God announces to all men His grace and mercy in Christ, offers to all who hear it the forgiveness of sins and the merit of Christ, and actually operates these affects wherever they are not rendered void by obstinate resistance. (Cf. 2 Thess. 2:10,13; Rom. 1:16; Matt. 23:37; Luke 19:41-42). <br><br> If personal or subjective Justification is the acceptance by faith of objective Justification it is manifest that it does not take place “in view of faith.” Thus a synergistic view of Justification is avoided. This is the chief advantage in treating the subject under these two forms.</font><hr></blockquote><p><br><br><br>So as I understand this God has forgiven the entire world, and reconciled all sinners to himself, but that actual justification (subjective justification) doesn't occur until it is applied to believer when God generates faith in them. Thus there is no double predestination, only single predestination.<br>