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A study of the theology of salvation typically begins with the decisions of God made before creation. When we do that, we are dealing with what is technically called the decrees of God, or to borrow Warfield's title, The Plan of Salvation. Systematic theologians usually treat this subject under the heading of predestination. In turn they subdivide predestination into two parts, election and reprobation. The specific definitions of these terms depend, more or less, on the theological position of those defining them. We will first examine the Calvinistic view of predestination and then the Arminian view. In each case, a "systematic theology" approach will be somewhat briefly outlined, with such comments as seem necessary for understanding. Then will follow the pursuit of some "biblical theology" investigations that appear helpful for the issues involved. This methodology will be used throughout the rest of the book, with some variations that reflect the nature of the material.