GOD’S Freewill does he have one?

In Apologetics, Christianity, Saved on April 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I have come to realize that Christianity is messy it isn’t a neat little thing we do to receive some kind of reward! It is recognizing that only love can drive obedience, and love comes from someone else bestowing on me that thing I could never do, have or want till love lifted me!

16 So Joshua took all that land, the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland 17 from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them and put them to death. 18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. They took them all in battle. 20 For it was the Lord’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

We see so many instances of God choosing a people and his devoting a people to destruction with no opportunity for mercy illustrated in scripture something must give. Let me illustrate

1. Isreal was chosen by God they were never given an opportunity to not be his people.
2. The use of the term harden in so many occasions has to have a definitive impact and meaning regarding Gods will.
3. Some SHOULD receive no mercy, there is a people who do receive Gods mercy his choosing.
4. Based on the newer testament Paul tells us some vessels (people) are devoted or created for destruction without hope of repentance (mercy).
5. God will harden whom he will harden and have mercy on whom he will have mercy.
6. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and he is not a man that he should lie or (my words) confuse justice and fairness. His justice is just so if God has a free will, we are born dead in sin and trespass, seperated from God only doing and being evil, jugded by the law condemned to die: where exactly does our choosing God enter in the equation?
How is it we rise above the sin and rebellion that so permeates our life arriving at least to a moral neutral gound allowing us to choose or accept Gods gracious offer of redemption? Then what about those who were never given a chance to repent? In order for free will to be free there must be a knowledge that God doesn’t have, he can’t know your choice or it can’t be free, (predestined is the same as foreknowledge).

Romans 8:29
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:30
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Ephesians 1:5
5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Ephesians 1:11
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

God is sovereign, he has a will, he has all knowledge past, present and future that plays out in time (he is not bound by time but gives it for us to mark) so that He is glorified, his plan works his way, and since we are born judged and condemned his rescuing us from judgement illustrates his mercy. I have no merit, he has no reason but his own to rescue me from the wrath to come. Praise be to God, his mercies are never ending and His glory is revealed in his love for his own, that while I was a sinner hostile and alienated in mind, Christ died for me, sought me, bought me and now without any thing good in me I am his!

Colossians 1:15-17
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.Colossians 1:18-23
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

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