“Free Will” simplified (reblog)

Human beings are the crown jewels of Gods creation. We alone are created in His image. This does not mean that we look like God, but that we can strive to attain the characteristics of God.

Alone among earthly creatures, humans have the ability to think, to reason, to plan ahead, to make complex decisions, to analyze and to love as no other creature can love.

We can never attain the full character of God. We are human, mortal, after all. And we are tainted by the Sin of Adam.

One aspect of our faith that many of us struggle with is “Free Will.” How can an all-knowing, omnipresent, timeless God know our destiny and at the same time give us Free Will?

God wants us to come to Him not because we have no choice, but willingly. And this is the very basis of Free Will.

We too often confuse “Free Will” with the ability to make decisions. We make decisions in virtually everything we do. “Paper or plastic?” “Fries with that?” These are examples of the very trivial decisions we make all the time.

Much more important and life-impacting decisions are “Whom shall I marry?,” “What career shall I follow?,” or “Will I have children?”

When we dig down a bit, all of these decisions and the thousands of others we make each week are or should be influenced by our personal relationship to God.

However, the exercise of “Free Will” comes down to only one basic decision.

“Do I accept and love Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior?”

“If you love Me, you will follow My commands.”

When we truly accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we become “a new creation.” Our hearts are changed, our minds (and decision-making processes) change. All of our decisions, whether major or trivial, are driven to glorify the Father and the Son. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is guiding everything that we do.

So, Free Will is really not some mysterious, complicated concept. Its simple!

Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

If you truly do, the rest will follow.

If you don’t well, you’re on your own.

My sincere thanks to Bruce who brought me this ah-ha moment!

Shalom,
Art
Alive in The Word
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12 Responses to “Free Will” simplified (reblog)

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  3. I do not believe I had ANY part in my salvation 53 years ago. I did not ‘choose’ Him, but He chose me and drew me to Himself. I do not believe we can GIVE anything to God to purchase our salvation, and the “anything” includes my own will or choice. It is ALL His work and is freely given. If I thought I had ANY part in my salvation, I would not have the complete confidence in God which I do.

    I think on this subject, the letter from John Wesley to George Whitefield applies, and I quote part of it:
    “Therefore, for a time you are suffered to be of one opinion, and I of another. But when His time is come, God will do what man cannot, namely, make us both of one mind.”

    I really appreciate reading your posts here and have been encouraged by them. I know God will continue to bless you and use you to bless me and many others. Thank you.

    • bography says:

      “Therefore, for a time you are suffered to be of one opinion, and I of another. But when His time is come, God will do what man cannot, namely, make us both of one mind.”

      His “time” did come in eternity, as with most Arminians. “Now,” for sure, W and W are of one mind.

      Meetingintheclouds, good’un.

  4. granbee says:

    Dear Brother Art, I enjoyed this simplification of “free will” post the first time I read it here; and I just enjoyed it again today. Choosing Christ leads to eternal life. Rejecting Christ leads to eternal damnation. As you say: simple!

  5. Rob Barkman says:

    The Biblical concept of free will simply has to do with man’s ability to freely choose WHAT HE DESIRES. The lost man only desires evil. He lives life freely choosing evil because he only desires evil. Because his desires are pointed against God, he will NEVER, apart from God’s intervention in his life, choose the Lord.

    John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (see also John 6:65, John 8:43, Jer 13:23, Rom 8:7-8, Phil 1:29)

    God bless you Art… Thanks for bringing up a very interesting topic.

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  7. Grace is indeed a gift. It is made available to all. The Spirit “plants a seed” of the knowledge of right and wrong and a desire to not offend God in each of us. Wesley defines this as “prevenient” or preceeding grace.

    However, as with any gift, each of us has the ability to either accept or reject it. That is the essence of free will.

    Thanks for your comment and interest in my ramblings.

    Shalom, Art

  8. bography says:

    In Ephesians 2:1-10 we read:
    1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Two things:
    1. the (spiritually) dead – in our context – cannot have faith, cannot accept things spiritual, that is, the things of Christ. Question: how did you – a spirituallly dead man – come to accept Christ before you were made free to do so, that is, before God made you alive in Christ.
    And
    2. “This” in 8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and THIS is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” “This,” at a minimum, refers to its immediate antecedent ([the gift of] faith); but, because “this” is a neuter, “this” refers to both grace and faith. Besides, a Wesleyan will have no problem that grace is all from God. If faith is a gift, surely, it is free (“grace” = free), especially as we know that the person who receives the gift of faith had to be raised from the dead before he could receive it.

    Every Christian accepts faith in Jesus. The question is, were you raised to life (born again) in order to accept the free gift of faith, or did dead (in sin) you make a decision to accept faith that caused God to raise you from the grave? (Lazarus come to mind, of course).

    Or does “dead” really mean not totally/really dead (in sin), but dead-ish? Which reminds me that the Hebrew word for “man” is “ish,” – a dead man. Eish!

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