Sunday, April 30

Free Will

God created man with the freedom to make choices!
When man was created he was given the will, ability, and power to make choices which pleased God. Man, in the fall into a sinful nature, retained the free will to make choices, but the power and ability to will spiritual good toward salvation has been lost…. “there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God” (Romans 3:11). This is not just some or most people but is all people. This means the sinner is dead in sin and unable to convert himself by his own strength. Yes, man has the freedom to make choices, but salvation is from God as Jesus said in John 6:44 and he re-emphasizes the point in verse 65, “He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.’” The ‘Father’ must make it happen or a person will not come to Jesus. The doctrines of grace, original sin, being born again and others all fit together and they lead to God and his will and not the will of man. Praise God for his marvelous grace.


Puritan Belief said...

John 1 backs you up here:

.... even to those who believed on his name (Jesus) who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, But of God

I am not sure about us having a free will in any sence. Here are my thoughts: Next time you see a child go up to that child and place the child into oncomming traffic. If you have a free will you could do this.

I have asked many people who say they have a free will but none of them yet has been able to prove to me this is true.

Next scenario: Don't Sin for 1 whole day.

Now here is something noble people want to do but to date no Honest person has in their free will been able to do this save ONE. Jesus Christ. He is the one with free will and his will was to save those who are his.

Jesus said to the devils children: "You can only do the will of your Father the devil"

Therefore we are in bondage to the devil or free to do the will of Christ by His Spirit which is in us.

bluecollar said...

I say Amen to this post as well! You some up my thoughts so concisely. Thank you!


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