예정설 [yejeongseol] (sino-korean)
豫 (예) [ye] – relaxed, comfortable, at ease
定 (정) [jeong] – to decide
說 (설) [seol] – theory, opinion
To what extent does the Creator predetermine His will? His will must be unique, eternal, unchanging, and absolute. So, when a person chosen for a mission fails, God still continues to carry out His providence until it is completed, even if He has to shift the mission to another person to do so.
God’s providence of salvation cannot be accomplished instantly. Beginning at one point, it gradually expands its boundaries and will eventually encompass the whole world. Thus, God begins the providence of salvation by predetermining who will be the central person in it and calling that person to fulfill the mission assigned to him.
To what extent does God predetermine the fulfillment of His will? The fulfillment of God’s will is only possible if we add 5% of man’s responsibility to 95% of God’s responsibility. When we speak of 5%, we need to keep in mind that this figure simply means that in comparison to God, man has very little responsibility. Nevertheless, it is important to understand that the fulfillment of this share requires one hundred percent human effort.