THE FREE WILL
A. God has endowed man's will a natural freedom and power to act by choice, that is not forced or determined to do good or bad by any necessity of nature: Mt. 17:12; Stg. 1:14; Dt. 30:19.
A. The man, in his state of innocence, had freedom and power to will and to do what was good and pleasing to God: Ec. 7:29.
B. but it was unstable and could fall from that state: Gn. 3: 6
A. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has completely lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; therefore, as a natural man who is entirely opposite to that good , and dead in sin, can by its own forces not convert himself or to prepare for it: Ro. 6: 16,20; June 8. 31-34; Eph.twenty-one; 2 Cor 3:14; 4: 3.4; June 3. 3; Ro. 7:18; 8: 7; 1 Cor 2:14; Mt. 7: 17,18; 12: 33-37; Lk. 6: 43-45; 6:44 June.; Jer. 13:23; June 3. 3, 5; 5:40; 6: 37, 39, 40,44, 45, 65; Acts. 7:51; Ro. 3: 10-12;Stg. 1:18; Ro. 9: 16-18; June 1. 12.13; Acts. 11:18; Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2: 8.9.
A. When God converts a sinner and move to a state of grace, frees him from his natural bondage to sin and by his grace alone, enables him freely to will and do what is spiritually good: Col. 1:13; 8:36 June.; Phil.2:13.
B. However, because of the corruption that still does not want, neither perfect nor just, what is good, but also wants what is wrong: Ro. 7: 14-25; Gal. 5:17.
A. This will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to want only good, only in the state of glory: Eph.4:13; I 12:23.
At this very moment you are reading these words because he has chosen for his own free will you read.You may protest: "No! I chose not to read I was forced to read really would not read them..." It is possible that that was the case. However, you are reading. There may be other things you'd rather be doing right now, but has chosen to read this study despite it. He has decided not read it rather than read it.
I can not know why you are reading. But I know that must have their reasons to read it. If it had no reason to read it simply would not have decided to read it.
Every choice we make in life, we do it for some reason. Our decisions are based on what at any given time, and considering all the factors, we are fine.
Some things we do because we have a very intense desire to perform them. Other things we do without even the consciousness of desire them. However, the desire is there present; otherwise we would not have chosen to perform. Herein lies the very essence of free will, or free -the will choose according to our wishes.
Jonathan Edwards, in his book The Freedom ofthe Will ( "Freedom of the Will"), defines the will, or will, as "that with what the mind chooses." There is no doubt that humans actually make choices. I chose to write, you chose to read. It is my will to write, and writing is put into action. When I add the idea of freedom, however, the issue becomes terribly complicated. We must ask ourselves: Freedom to do what?Even the most ardent Calvinist would not deny that the will is free to choose anything you want. Even the most ardent Arminian would agree that the will is not free to choose what they do not want.
With respect to salvation, the question then becomes: What is that humans want? Arminians believe that some people would repent and be saved. Others want to run away from God and then reap eternal damnation. Arminians never make clear why different people have different desires. Calvinists argue that all human beings desire to run away from God when the Holy Spirit makes a work of regeneration. Said regeneration changes our desires to freely repent and be saved.
It is important to note that even the unregenerate are never forced to go against their will. Their will change without your permission, but are always free to choose according to his will. we are really free to act according to our will then. we are not free, however, to choose or select our nature. One can not declare: "From now on I will wish only good" just as Christ could not have said: "From now on I will wish only evil". Here ends our freedom.
The Reformation theology says that the fall left intact human will as we still have the power to choose.Our minds have been obscured by sin and our desires have been bound by evil impulses. But we can still think, choose, and act. But something terrible has happened to us. We have lost any hope that we might have God. The thoughts and desires of our heart are continually toward evil. Our free will is a curse. As we can still choose according to our wishes, we choose sin and were subject to God's judgment.
Augustine said that although we still have a free will, we have lost our freedom. Real freedom of which the Bible speaks is the freedom or power to choose Christ as our own.
But until the Holy Spirit does not transform our hearts, we will have no desire for Christ. Without that desire we never choose to Him. God must awaken our souls and give us the desire for Christ before we feel inclined to choose it.
Edwards said that as fallen human beings we retain our natural freedom (the power to act according to our desires) but lose the moral freedom '' Moral freedom includes the disposition, inclination and desire of the soul to justice. This trend toward justice was what was lost in the fall.
All the decisions I make are determined by something. There is a reason for them, a desire behind them.This may sound determinism. No way! Determinism teaches us that our actions are completely controlled by something that is external to us, that makes us do what we do not want to do. This is coercion and is the opposite of freedom.
How is it possible that our decisions are determined but which have not been coerced? Because they have been determined by something from inside so we are and what we want. They have been determined by ourselves. This is self - determination, which is the very essence of freedom. To be more precise, that we choose Christ, God must change our hearts. And that is precisely what it does. Change our hearts. It gives us a desire for Him, I wish we did not have otherwise. Then what we choose to root of desire that is within us. We chose it because we want Him freely choose Him. In this is the wonder of his grace.
1. Any choice we make, we make it for some reason.
2. We always choose according to our strongest inclination at the time of the decision.
3. Will is the elective faculty.
4. Fallen human beings have free will but lack freedom. We have natural freedom but we have no moral freedom.
5. Freedom is self - determination.
6. In regeneration, God changes the disposition of our hearts and sown in us a desire to Him.
BIBLICAL PASSAGES FOR REFLECTION
Deuteronomy 30: 19-20, John 6:44, 65, John 8: 34-36, John 15: 5; Romans 8: 5-8, James 1: 13-15.