Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Fruit of "Free Will"

There are two glaring examples of this provided in Scripture. The first being found in Isaiah 14:12-15 where Lucifer declares his destiny which he contrived in his evil heart of rebellion against his Maker. Five time he says "I will..." as if he could and would thwart the will of the Almighty to exalt himself above God. This very same self exaltation is the engine that drives all of those who cling to their fantasy of "free will" in the eternal scheme of things and claim the position of sovereignty over the Almighty to determine their own fate for all time. But it's nothing more than Luciferian rebellion, plain and simple. The consequences of this arrogance on the part of Lucifer went far beyond himself by sealing the fate of the angels under his charge---one third of the heavenly host. There is no mention anywhere in Scripture of these angels having a say in this matter of their eternal fate; no room for consultation and time being given for a choice to be made (Almighty God or Lucifer); no appeal or change of sentence. Just as certain men and women were chosen before time began to eternal life (2 Tim 1:9) with others being appointed to eternal wrath (2 Peter 2:17 & Jude 13, "to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever") so it is with the angels (1 Tim 5:21, "elect angels" & 2 Peter 2:4, "God did not spare the angels that sinned"). Just as Lucifer's exercise of his "free will" (open rebellion) brought damnation on his angelic comrades, so it is with Adam.

Adam, the unique creation of God who was "made in the image of God" and given dominion over all the rest of creation found himself confronting the dilemma either of believing and obeying God or siding with his wife in her rebellion (by deception) in an attempt to save her. 1 Timothy 2:14 is a key verse in understanding all of what went on with the Fall of Adam; "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression." When Adam knew what Eve had done his main concern was not so much for her, but for himself---he was afraid of losing her, his companion, so he reasoned that whatever her fate, he would take the same in order to be with her. His thinking was to rebel against the Lord and His Word on purpose in order to keep his wife. He was completely unaware of the eternal principle of Scripture as seen in Matt. 16:25: "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." Rather than submit to God and obey Him by not eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam chose himself with Eve as his 'cover' (was he trying to trick God? probably) thereby compounding his error by trying to circumvent the Word and Will of his Creator. A sad side note on Adam is that he did not possess a faith in God similar to that of Abraham who considered God faithful to fulfill His promise to him even as he offered his son to God, considering that God could and would raise Isaac from the dead in order to fulfill His promise (Heb. 11:17-19). It seems to have never occurred to Adam that God could and would work things out concerning Eve if only he, Adam, obeyed God. Note also that the Lord did not supply Adam with this faith as He did Abraham. Despite of all this conjecture about Adam, the purpose of God moved forward unabated just as it was recorded. The point is that no matter how much it may be objected that man has a "free will" especially in the matter of his eternal fate, the fact remains that the purpose of God according to election, and not a man's will, will stand.

These two examples and their everlasting consequences---Lucifer takes down with himself one third of the angelic host and Adam takes down with himself the entire human race beginning with himself, his wife and all those born of woman for the eons to come. Only those elect will know the mercy of God and those appointed to the blackness of darkness forever will never know His mercy, their "free will" choice notwithstanding. The Lord has never recognized man as having a "free will" to decide anything for his own good and most especially that of his eternal fate. What He does recognize is that man is totally incapable of choosing what is good for himself: specifically God and salvation through the Lord Jesus (Rom. 3:11 "...there is none who seeks after God" and "there is fear of God before their eyes", Rom. 3:18). Those that cling to the fantasy of their "free will" being a mechanism to bring them to God (as they so choose) never deal with these Scriptures, nor the hundreds of others of similar vein. In essence, they call God a liar, just like Lucifer and Adam and all the others who rebel against Him and His Word. Such rebellion is never passed over, winked at, or excused apart from the Spirit's application of the Blood of Christ and the redeeming of that soul. The Lord's disdain for rebellion in any form is best seen in 1 Sam. 15:23: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..."

Scripture is full of other examples of men believing they can thwart God and His eternal purpose by a simple decision on their part---Cain is next in line. Then there are those of our day and the not too distant past who taut this nonsense at every turn whose fruit and it's long reaching effects I hope to examine shortly, God willing. Lord, please continue to open the eyes of Your elect!


lyn said...

Excellent insight into 'free will' Darrel. I was enlightened by your example of Adam, I never really considered it like you've laid it out.

As I've stated to many who defend this heresy, the will is not free, it does not act under its own power. The will is only part of the inner man, and it is governed by the mind. The mind is in bondage to darkness, and loves that darkness. The nature is sinful and corrupt, making all of mankind sinful and corrupt. That is the same nature and mind that Adam had.

I've heard many say Adam had a 'free will' to choose not to eat the fruit. Again, the will was governed by what? The mind. God had already given the warning to Adam, but he tossed that out and rebelled. His wife was more important to him that God and His stern warning.

Looking forward to your next post....

Darrel said...

The illusion of free will produced the fall of Adam and the total depravity of all mankind. This same illusion continues on today and has permeated ever part of our life and tries to control our thinking, it is successful in all too many people. The 'kid gloves' must be discarded and the lie exposed at every turn. God help us to do so.