Q. RE: Acts 13:48. ” When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. ” Does this mean that there are some people appointed to be saved and others appointed for destruction?
A. Romans 8:29 says that those who God foreknew, He predestined (appointed). This means that God knew in advance all who would choose to accept His pardon during their lifetimes and be saved, and so He appointed it to happen. Before the Creation, He looked down through time and saw the ones among the group that Paul and Barnabas spoke to who would believe their message, and He scheduled them to be saved that day. God doesn’t want that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) Whether we do or not is our choice, not His.