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The Free Will of Man
From the beginning of time, God had a plan. His plan was that he would create a being that could either choose or not choose him. God wanted romance, not slavery.
There are those who deny the very idea that God would create man with a freewill. God is a sovereign God. To them, sovereignty means that God decides everything.
I too, believe that God is sovereign. In God’s sovereignty, he decided to give man a freewill.
If the only goal of God was to create mankind without choice, he would have bypassed both the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane. God could have simply made robotic puppets that were programmed to sing his praises.
Instead, God placed man in the Garden of Eden and gave him a choice. A choice between the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, or that of the Tree of Life.
One of the scriptures most frequently used by those, who use their freewill to deny that man has a freewill, is John 1:13 (KJV) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
I submit that this verse is not saying that a man does not have a freewill. This verse is simply saying that other men cannot make the choice of salvation for someone else. A Church, comprised of men, cannot collectively come together and vote in another man’s sainthood status.
Another verse that dominates the thinking of those who deny that men have a freewill is Eph 2:1 (KJV) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:
I quickly agree that a lost sinner is spiritually dead.
But here is my main argument, although a lost man is spiritually dead, he is not yet intellectually dead. God has given mankind a mind to think with. When Paul wrote the Book of Romans, he made an intellectual argument as to why a lost man should “choose” Christ.
The Bible says in Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
I submit that salvation is not a just matter of magical mystery.
What happens when a person comes to know Christ is this: First, someone must plainly present the truth of the gospel to a lost man.
(Rom 10:14 KJV) How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Secondly, a lost man considers the claims made by Christ. This is illustrated by the questioned asked by those who were convicted of their sin on the Day of Pentecost:
(Acts 2:37 KJV) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
(Acts 2:38 KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Again, I do not deny that it is the work of Spirit utilizing the power of the God’s living word being used to convict the human heart, but it is still within man to intellectually consider the claims of Christ. The evangelistic Christian is to penetrate the mind of a lost man. It is God who penetrates the heart.