Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. --Isa. 43:7
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. --Isa. 43:1
The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. --John 10:3
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me... --John 10:14
Did Jesus come for His sheep? And why were the sheep created--indeed, why were any created? For God's glory. He has a Sovereign plan and Jesus will not lose a single sheep given Him by the Father.
"All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." --Mat. 25:32
When we look at God through the dark lens of our fallen, confused, self-centered nature, we find it hard to accept that God chooses some . . . and not others. That He made sheep AND goats. But I get an inkling of His ways when I look at creation, at nature. Why are there so many . . . billions of little insects . . . and animals, exquisitely designed, each one of them? They live and move about--apparently with some seeming will--then die. But do they really have will--free will? No. They are driven by their natures--by what some call "instinct." Hunger, cold or heat, procreation . . . drive them about. They are "alive" . . . . They have individual lives different from every other . . . .
But do they go to Heaven? Are they eternal? No. God has HIS own creative purposes in them and they clearly exhibit His creative, intelligent glory along with the rest of creation slated for eventual destruction . . . .
So it is with the "living dead." They move around, live for a time, make some trails and leave some product, but, they are just as driven, just as compelled by their "instinct" or nature to do the things they do. Dead in their sins, it can't really be said that they have "free will" any more than the spirit-less creatures. UNTIL they are born again . . . given a NEW heart . . . and finally gain LIFE. I suspect that only then . . . is when something like "free will" begins. Before that time all you have is a dead, God-hating, child of the devil in full-on rebellion against the Creator.
But I want to speak more on His glory and how ALL OF THIS . . . is designed for that; and who are we to second-guess, criticize and attempt to imagine a "better" way He achieves His ends?