Unanswerable Questions – Sovereignty vs. Free Will
I want to start a new series on some unanswerable questions.
- Sovereignty of God versus man’s free will
- The Origin of Sin
- Incarnation – Jesus being fully God and at the same time fully man.
God is in absolute control
Nothing can happen apart from God determining for it to happen
Psalms 139:16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Isaiah 14:24 Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.
Isaiah 46:10-11 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 what I please… What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Ephesians 1:11 In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
- God created sin – Explore next week.
- Man has no such thing as free will – Double Predestination (John 6:44, Acts 13:48, Eph. 1:4-5).
- God determines every detail – Coin flip, who wins, who gets sick and dies.
- Irresistible Grace.
2. Free Will
Important foundation (Genesis 1:27)
Man has been made in the Image of God – Three possible ideas:
- Relationship with God
- Dominion to rule over the earth
“As bearing the image of God mankind has free will to choose for themselves.”
Matthew 11:28 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
Ephesians 4:30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Hosea 11:1-2 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me.
- God is not in control
- Foreknowledge – 1 Peter 1:1-2, Romans 8:29
3. Potential Solution
Man has the freedom to choose with the exception of salvation.
John 6:44 No one can come to know Jesus without the Father enabling.
See Ephesians 1:4-5