God’s Free Will and Man’s Limited Will

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When we speak negatively of humanity’s free will we don’t suggest that we don’t have a will at all. We have a will, it is just not free;[1] neither do we have the unrestricted ability to carry out our will.

God, on the other hand has a will that is absolutely free,[2] and without any restriction in executing it whatsoever. In other words, His will is absolutely sovereign[3] without restraint from any outside source.

God is the Father and we are His children. Relatively speaking, when my children were young they had a will, but it was not free. I caused the exercise of their will to be limited, while mine in relationship to theirs, was sovereign. I did so for their maturity and growth; for their welfare and safety. I had their best interest at heart. So it is with God.

To advocate human free will is to deny God’s Godhood. For there to be a God, there can’t be two conflicting wills. There is room in His universe for only one with free will. It’s impossible for a finite being to have an absolutely free will. If creatures had absolute free will, then the creation would be greater than the Creator. God’s will is FREE; man’s will is NOT.

Based on fancied “free will,” Christianity essentially has God gambling on an experiment. We, however, are not the masters of our own fate. We are not the lords of our own lives. We are the creatures, not the Creator. We’re like a leaf on a stream, unaware of the current beneath carrying it along, or of its destination.

We can relax in our constrained wills as creatures, and rest in Father’s free will as Creator. He is our benevolent Dad; He always knows exactly what He is doing, and those of us granted faith have the eyes to see that it all works for eventual good (Romans 8:28).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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[1]“Not limited” – Cambridge Dictionary; “unconstrained; unrestrained; not under compulsion or control … not obstructed” – Webster’s Dictionary (1828).
[2]Interestingly, “free” is a synonym of “sovereign.”
[3]“Self-governing; independent … having supreme rank or power …” – American Heritage Dictionary.

A God Worthy of the Name

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What a relief to point to a God worthy of the name! A God Who has a purpose in pain and a design in death. A God Who will use every groan for His glory and His creature’s gain, and will turn every torment into ecstasy and the exaltation of His great name.

God’s glad message does not consist in heralding a horrid hell. It concerns His Son, and the universal reconciliation is but the gospel ultimate, for it, too, concerns His Son and His eventual triumph. It is the popular orthodox “gospel” which is driving men into various by-paths.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 9, page 98
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