Man’s Free Will Demonstrates the Biblical Truth that God is Sovereign

Here is my view:  God sovereignly decreed that man should be free to exercise moral choice, and man from the beginning has fulfilled that decree by making his choice between good and evil.  When he chooses to do evil, he does not thereby countervail the sovereign will of God but fulfills it, inasmuch as the eternal decree decided not which choice the man should make that he should be free to make it.  If in His absolute freedom God has willed to give man limited freedom, who is there to stay His hand or say, “What does though?”  Man’s will is free because God is sovereign.  A God less than sovereign could not bestow moral freedom upon His creatures.  He would be afraid to do so.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 89

How God Feels About Us is Forever Established in the Gospel

Just because God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you think He should doesn’t meean that He is any less compassionate or any less in control.  It doesn’t even mean you missed the will of God in what you were asking for…

The question about why God allows tragedy, evil and suffering are worth a book unto itself.  But how God feels about us, and how He relates to us, has been forever established in the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 178

That’s Kind of a Senseless Prayer

Our prayer should not be “God, if You make a special appeal for me to do something about the lostness of the world, I’ll do it.”  That’s kind of a senseless prayer, because He has already told us what He wants for the world.  Our prayer now should be that God  guide us to our specific role.  Whether we should be involved in the Great Commission is no longer the question.  How we should be involved is the question.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 148

Finding God’s Will?

People talk about “finding” God’s will.  It is not really “lost.”  His will is that lost people hear about Jesus and become saved.”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 147

The Joy of Learning to be Satisfied in Jesus

Learning to be satisfied in Jesus will free you to enjoy everything else.  Being fulfilled in Christ means that you no longer depend on other things for life and happiness.  That means you can enjoy them, because you are no longer enslaved by them.  The prospect of losing them doesn’t terrorize you.  And you can say “no” to them when they are not God’s will.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 84

We Can Cling to That Promise Even in the Midst of Our Self-Inflicted Chaos

But just as surely as God was sovereign over the sins of the two brothers (Luke 15:11-32), we can trust that his protection surrounds our children.  He will set limits to their disobedience and boundaries to the harm that they may do and will walk with them to protect them along the way.  They cannot sin outside of his will, and he will surely walk them, and us, through the valleys of death that he calls us to walk through, guiding and comforting us all along the way.  He has promised to use all things for their good, for our good, and for his glory, and we can cling to that promise even when their lives out of control.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 206

There is No Conflict Here

There is no conflict between our wills and God’s will in salvation because God sovereignly changes the wills of those whom he chooses to save so that we freely desire to come to him, something we would never have desired if left to ourselves.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 129

Free to Pursue Our Deepest Desires

As Christians, we are free to pursue with great passion our deepest, God-given desires. When we do, we worship God by not just obeying  what he commands in duty, but rather, in delighting in his commands, as our will and God’s will become one and the same.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 149

Don’t Confuse the Sufficiency of the Cross with its Efficacy

To be sure, Christ’s propitiation on the cross is unlimited in its sufficiency or value.  In this sense Christ makes an atonement for the whole world.  But the efficacy of this atonement does not apply to the whole world, nor does it ultimate design.

The atonement’s ultimate purpose is found in the ultimate purpose or will of God.  This purpose or design does not include the entire human race.  If it did, the entire human race would surely be redeemed.

Sproul, R.C.; Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 1997; p. 177