The Evangelical Universalist Forum

The Free Will Dream

“For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.”

Questions=

  1. What does imprisoned mean?

  2. What is the scope of “everyone”?

  3. How many of the imprisoned everyone can expect mercy?

“And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”

What is the foundation of “free will”?

“Free will” folly is believing that faith in the Gospel is a matter of personal choice unrelated to the work of God in the heart.

It believes that nothing is required to cause faith in the Gospel other than a person’s choice to believe.

All men (& women) are born in Adam1 enslaved prisoners of sin, by no choice of their own!

Our arrogant pride nature assumes, and prefers to believe that our decisions pay a part in a salvation that begins in God & ends in God. We did not, we cannot, follow the Lord as prisoners of incarceration, His love and grace must reach for us by HIS drawing power!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world , that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will , to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. "

I would state that a little bit differently: ‘free will’ is the God-given glory of our ability to work together with Him.
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Our God takes full responsibility for the situation all of us are in as sinners.

ou hekon= “not willingly”

We have been subjected to futility/mataiotés, not willingly.

He has seen fit to hupotasso His creation to futility. That subjection for which He takes COMPLETE responsibility!

With that responsibility He takes control of the final outcome>>>>>

The whole of created life shall be delivered/set free.

“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

Note = The Emphasis

Koine = eklego

Acts 15:7

“…Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.”

1 Cor 1:27,28

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are"

James 2:5

"Hearken, my beloved brethren, has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?

Eph. 1:4

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love”

Koine = haireo >>>>

2 Thes. 2:13

"But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Deut. 7:6

“For you are an holy people unto the LORD your God: the LORD your God has chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”