Mans Will

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Hi B____,

Thank you for your question. It is the same concerns that we all have on this subject. It is good to have these questions and to get them settled in your mind. As a matter of fact, we do indeed have choice. Look at how Joseph presented the subject of the sovereignty of God to his brothers. This is the second time he is telling them that selling him into Egypt was not their idea, even though they thought it was:

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Joseph never tells his brothers that they did not choose to do “evil against me.” No, he does not. On the contrary, Joseph assures them “Ye thought evil against me.” So yes, every example you cite is the exact same. Abraham, Baalim, David, Paul and each and every one of us, decides and chooses to do evil. God’s Word never denies this. Like Joseph, God’s Word affirms this obvious Truth. We all obviously make many decisions every day of our lives. What God’s Word does deny is that these choices that we make are free of the influence of outside factors like “unclean spirits fom the Lord.” What God’s Word does deny is not that we have a will, but that we have a “free will.” Our will is about as free as “clay in the Potter’s hand.”

Believe me, when God asked Adam “where art thou,” God was not at all wondering exactly where Adam and Eve were. He knew already where Adam stood. That statement and that question, as are all of the statements and events which you reference, “happened unto them and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

From God’s point of view every example you cite is a rhetorical question or statement for our benefit. It demonstrates how far from God we are, that we fail to see His hand in all things.

I hope this helps you to see just how thorough the sovereignty of God is. Like politics, it is safe to say that “If it happened, you can bet that was planned “from before the foundation of the world” to happen. “All things” means what it says.

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

I hope this helps to settle this struggle in your mind, B____.

Mike

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