Free Will – Power Over Choice

Posted on Aug 02 , 2014 in Grace & Life Lessons & Salvation

Free Will – Power Over Choice

© By Brad L Hodges

God granted mankind free will. It was His greatest gift. But free will only goes so far. You can’t free will yourself to immortality on earth, you can’t free will miracles, you can’t free will the creation of life from nonexistence or free will power over the elements.

You can however free will acceptance of or reject the very God who gave it to you, as full of irony as that may be.

Free will does not equate to divine power over life and death or control of creation but it does equate to power over choice. God allowed us to choose freely to accept Him or reject Him and that is the greatest power of all.

When mankind first exercised free will it was to defy God and the result was sin for all as there are always consequences, good or bad of the cause-and-effect of using ones free will.

Roman 5:19 (NIV)
19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

God, fully knowing mankind would use free will to reject Him, had already prepared a remedy for the negative cause-and-effect of it.

The remedy was His Son Jesus Christ. For it is only through implementing free will to accept Christ that one can be reconciled to the negative consequences of choosing to reject Him.

The complexity of free will is that we have the power over choice, but only as long as we exist in our broken form of humanity while living on earth.

One may reject God at any particular point in life (as long as they never truly accepted Him as their personal savior into their spiritual being at some point in their life, because once truly reconciled, one is always reconciled and there is no doubt if reconciliation unequivocally took place). At that point of choice of rejection we have used the power of free will to condemn ourselves to an eternity void of Jesus Christ.

If one remains in rejection of Christ then dies on earth they have forever forfeited the opportunity to reverse the rejection and use the power of choice to accept Him into eternity. There are no “do-overs.”

But as long as one is living on earth they still retain the power of choice given through free will to find and accept the eternal love and life God promises us if only we welcome the remedy to eternal darkness found in the light of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:26 (ESV)
And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

The power over choice given by free will to accept or reject Jesus Christ is no more clearly illustrated than by the words of Jesus Himself;

Revelation 3:20 (ESV)
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Free will is a divine, precious gift from God that separates us from all other creatures and frees us from a robotic, compulsory worship and acceptance of Him.

God granted free will to humanity because He only wants those who truly and unreservedly accept His remedy for disobedience, Jesus Christ, and with it full reconciliation between disobedience and willful submission, to inherit eternity with Him.

Do not squander the gift of free will. Use your God-given power over choice to make the right choice free will provides to the door of eternity with Jesus.

Galatians 6:8 (ESV)
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

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