There's different thoughts on the spirit that God gives to us. Some ancient legends believed the spirit had a previous existence before this earth, similar to what Jesus described. They'd drink from a river of forgetfulness before coming to the earth. We really don't know the exact time of the origin of a spirit that is placed in man by God, but we have been told that at death it returns to God who gave it. Per my argument once with dpruner, I believe that means more than a person's last stinky dying breath, lol.
It's obvious that some were given a particular job, and at least in the case of Jesus and maybe John the Baptist, a particular spirit. In Christ case it seems to have been his very own spirit, in the case of John the Baptist seems to have been a helping ministering spirit, supposedly the same one that was with Elijah and later Elisha.
So, it's entirely possible God already knew each spirit from previous existence and maybe earth is a "do over" for some, or all of us.
One day we will know for sure, but I'm also certain that according to God's promise he that does good will be saved and he that does evil won't. That means choice and choice means predestination doctrine falls flat when applied broadly to everyone.
I think maybe a clue is in the mention that it will be as in the days of Noah. Noah was the righteous one. Certainly one son didn't fit that description. Yet he and his family entire were saved. So, some may be saved by election in the sense that God said "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.".
I Corinthians chapter 7
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy
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