At the risk of seeing some repetitive arguments, I'd like to hear a non-cal explanation of what the verses mean that we have been "chosen" and "predestined" by God. I have included a few verses for reference. Eph. 1: even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. Romans 11:5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 1 Peter 2:4 - As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. I have read some say that God chooses those who believe, but I don't see how that is any choice for God. (I recognize the opposite problem exists in calvinism: If God chooses, how is there any choice for man?) If God has predestined us for adoption, what does that mean if not God predestined some for adoption? Again, not trying to be contentious, but I still don't understand the non-cal explaination of verses like this.