This study is based on a letter that I am writing to my dear chiropractor [80 years old] who showed much LOVE and KINDNESS to me according to his understanding in my suffering here in a vessel of clay and now and whom God THROUGH Christ is ordaining that I may show him the TRUE LOVE of God through Christ. And we know what love is:
Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
How do we keep His Word if we do not have the TRUTH of His doctrines and His POWER, His Words of Spirit and Life, to walk out that Truth?
Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Let us look at Scriptures to give us the answers and not think ABOVE what is written.
1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us NOT TO THINK of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
Before we encounter the TRUE Christ, our heavens are tainted by many lies and false doctrines and the Lord REQUIRES it from our hand, that if the enemies of the cross of Christ, are willing to listen for a moment and ASK of us, we may give them the Truths of His Word.
1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
With this being said, let us look a little closer at the false doctrine of free will.
Why does Christ, the LIVING Word say, “Come let us reason together”, when in reality …
Pro 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will…
Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [ Gk. – drag] him?
The answer is that while God, the Father, is all knowing (Isa 46:10) [Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…] we, on the other hand, do NOT know what tomorrow brings. Consequently, we make daily decisions AS IF we, ourselves, are making those decisions when the Truth is: it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Php 2:13). So, then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy (Rom 9:16). Is this also true of those He asks to “Come and let us reason together?” Is it true for those of whom He says: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev 3:20)? Here is the answer:
Joh 6:44 No man can come to [ sup with] me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [drag] him.
So, while the word “responsibility” is nowhere mentioned in Scripture, the word “account” is everywhere mentioned.
Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
God, the Father, through Christ is the great CAUSER of ALL things which all of humanity ever do, has done or will do. It is true for every person who lives, has lived or whoever will live. Freewill is a false doctrine, consider these truths:
Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
A NT witness:
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of HIS OWN will: Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first [“first,” not ‘only’] trusted in Christ.
Christ does not hold us accountable for anything we do. Paul makes it clear the sin we commit is “a law working in our members .… IT IS NOT I THAT DO IT.”
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it but SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME. Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
WHO sustains that law of sin “in our members”?
Jas 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
There is “ONE lawgiver”, and it is God, the Father, through Christ and His Christ, who determines all things. Every day of our lives is “written in His Book BEFORE there are any of them”. There are no Scriptures to support free moral agency. We choose only what God CAUSES US TO CHOOSE, and there is nothing “free” about our choices. It cannot be stated any clearer:
Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet THERE WAS NONE OF THEM.
Pro 20:24 Man’s goings ARE OF THE LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is NOT in man that walketh to direct his steps
Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD HATH NOT DONE IT?
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD THAT SHEWETH MERCY.
More witnesses in the Scriptures about the sovereignty of God:
Pro 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD DETERMINES HIS STEPS.
Pro 19:21 Many are the plans in a man‘s heart, but it is the LORD’s PURPOSE THAT PREVAILS.
Isa 55:11 – So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I DESIRE and ACHIEVE the purpose for which I sent it.
Paul says he is UNABLE to carry out his will.
Rom 7:15 “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I AM DOING THE VERY THING I HATE.”
Rom 7:19 “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I PRACTISE THE VERY EVIL that I do not want.”
and another witness
Gal 5:17 “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you MAY NOT DO THE THINGS THAT YOU PLEASE.”
Christ HARDENS the heart of Pharaoh (you and me the old man) in Egypt:
Exo 4:21 The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I WILL HARDEN his heart so that he will not let the people go.
Exo 10:20 But the LORD HARDENED Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.
We are BEING granted repentance from our sins:
2Ti 2:24-26 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that GOD WILL GRANT them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Christ was predestined and so are we, those He called:
Rom 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Rom 8:30 And those he PREDESTINED, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
The Pharisees clearly displayed that they WERE UNABLE to repent (“turn”), because God has blinded them and so it is for us today.
John 12: 39-41 39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 40 “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn and I would heal them.”
Peter did NOT desire to deny Jesus, yet he did.
Luk 22:34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, YOU WILL deny three times that you know me.”
Paul at first tries to destroy Christians of his day. God transformed his heart with great ease. Saul (Paul) changed his mind quickly.
Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Act 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, LORD, WHAT WILT THOU HAVE ME TO DO ? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Prophecy contradicts free will. God, the Father, through Christ, declares what He will do AHEAD OF TIME of time, then DOES IT.
Ezekiel 36:26 I WILL give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Isa 14:24 [A Prophecy Against Assyria ] The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I HAVE PLANNED, SO IT WILL BE, and as I HAVE PURPOSED, SO IT WILL STAND.
Isa 14:27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and WHO CAN THWART HIM? His hand is stretched out, and WHO can turn it back
Our hearts are being controlled, we do not choose the condition of our hearts. Pharaoh, king of Egypt, has NO choice in this OT witness.
Exo 9:16-17 But I HAVE RAISED YOU UP for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go.
NO ONE can resist Christ and His purpose. Man’s will does not matter.
Isa 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I WILL DO ALL THAT I PLEASE.
God, the Father carries out all of His desires THROUGH Christ and His Christ.
Isa 46:11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far- off land, a man to fulfil my purpose. What I have said, THAT WILL I BRING ABOUT; WHAT I HAVE PLANNED, THAT, that WILL I DO.
Joh 6:44 “NO ONE CAN COME to me unless the Father who sent me draws[Greek: basically, should be translated ‘drags’] him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
No one can come to God and Christ unless THEY make him.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that [‘that faith’] not of yourselves [NOT of your own faith or will] it is the GIFT of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10).
Salvation is a GIFT, not dependent on man’s will or work.
“For it is God [ who? ‘GOD’] who works in you both TO WILL and TO DO of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, but what He sees the Father do: for what things so ever He does, these also does the Son likewise” (Joh 5:19)
In Daniel chapter 4 we are told “… that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomever HE WILLS, and setteth up over it the basest [lowest in morals] of men” (Dan. 4:17, 25, 26 & 32).
Christ told His disciples:
Joh 15:16 YE DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU, and appointed you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
The question remains, WHERE IS FREE WILL IN ALL OF THIS?
Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me [where is anything about man’s fabled ‘free’ will in these verses?]:
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else [Where is this ‘free’ will?].
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD DO ALL THESE THINGS.
If we claim to be Christians, we stand on the WRITTEN WORD of God. We are at first drawn away by the idols of our hearts and our own imaginings because Christ tells us that He is the One DECEIVING us.
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
As true worshippers, we worship in Spirit and Truth (John 6:63). Getting past the LIE of free will is essential to come to see the truth of the promise of the salvation of ALL MEN. When the myth of free will is destroyed, then the Lord’s purpose in using evil to bring about good becomes clear and many false doctrines are instantly consumed in the fire that is the truth (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28, Ecc 1:13 CLV). The will of God, the sanctification of all men (1Th 4:3), is being accomplished on schedule.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Yet carnal minds are not being able to believe this unless our eyes are opened.
Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
These truths and the plan of SALVATION of all are foolishness to the natural man (1 Co 2:7).
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Truth is found only in the SUM OF THE WORD (Psa 119:160) and applying Peter’s warning here about making doctrines out of one verse.
2Pe 1:20 (CLV) knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation.
The Bible instructs us to choose the right way and to obey the Lord. YET, we are also told that our choosing righteousness is not of ourselves. It is the Lord’s WORK IN EACH OF US and in the times, He has ordained.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
The faith we are given is a measure of faith. Not all get the same and this, too, is the Lord’s work that we learn in respecting where the LORD HAS EVERY MAN IN HIS AWESOME HANDS.
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
A final example to consider: WHO was responsible for the death of Christ. Was it the Jews? No, we are told by Christ that the Jews was not given to understand WHO HE WAS, nor to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God (Mat 13:11-16). Therefore, while hanging on the cross, Christ admitted: “they know not what they do” (Luk 23:34).
Was JUDAS responsible for the death of Christ? Judas could never have carried through if Satan himself had not been sent to “enter… into Judas”
Luk 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
Christ told Judas “that thou do, do quickly” (Joh 13:27). Christ in no way discouraged Judas.
Peter tells us who really was responsible for the death of Christ. The whole world is blinded to this:
Act 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Act 2:23 Him, being delivered by the DETERMINATE COUNSEL AND FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Act 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Did the other disciples see it this way? Here, they agree with one accord:
Act 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
Act 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
Act 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28 FOR TO DO WHATSOEVER THY HAND AND THY COUNSEL DETERMINED BEFORE TO BE DONE.
Will Judas or the Jews BE CAUSED to give an ACCOUNTING of their deeds? Yes, they will give an account for their deeds even though they are NOT RESPONSIBLE “that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth…” (Mat 23:35). Will the Gentiles be caused to give an account of their evil deeds? Certainly: “the wages of sin is death…” (Rom 6:23).
Coming to see that man’s will is in no way shape or form free of God’s will is ESSENTIAL to see the truth. Filtering Scriptures through the delusion of man have such free will is a sure fire way to remain in darkness. The truth will always remain the same: “HE WORKETH ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL”
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