- GOD ALLOWS FREE WILL
- SATAN CHOSE TO REBEL
- ADAM CHOSE TO SIN
- WE INHERIT ADAM’S SIN
- THE PENALTY FOR SIN IS DEATH!
GOD ALLOWS FREE WILL
LOVE MUST BE CHOSEN
It was the Father’s desire that man would love, honor and obey Him in all things. It was God’s desire that man would seek His will and purpose for his life. The Father wanted man to trust and share in His great love, wisdom, and power. He longed for him to receive and return His love – even as the Father and the Son loved one another (John 17:23). God created man for just this purpose – to share in and enjoy the love, grace, wisdom, beauty and glory.
Love, however, by its very nature, must be freely given. It cannot be forced. You can’t make or force anyone to love another.
The same is true of giving honor, respect and worship. Worship is related to “worth-ship”. We love, honor and respect what we feel is of great value or “worth.”
This means that love requires a free choice. Worship also requires a free choice. We choose to love and worship that which we feel is of great value and worth.
CHOICE INVOLVES RISK
God is sovereign. He has complete freedom to choose and carry out His desires. He ever chooses that which is right, good and holy. He chose to create man in His own image in order that man might know and experience His love and then express it back to Him.
This meant giving man a freedom of will. With the power to love went the right to choose. Because of his free will, man could choose to love, worship and honor God.
When God gave man this freedom of choice at Creation, however, it was with great risk. It meant that man could chose good or evil -right or wrong. He could choose either way! And he would choose based on what he thinks is good, true and worthwhile.
Our lives are centered around our values. We love, honor and respect whatever we feel is most “worthwhile” for our lives. It is not a question of “whether” we are going to worship, but “what” we are going to worship. And everybody, to some degree, in one expression or another, worships!
Now God created man to worship Him. With man’s worship of God would come his love, faith and obedience. Not a slavish, crawling-in-the-dirt kind of servitude, but an obedience filled with joy and confidence, trusting in God’s love and desire for our best.
It is true that we serve, obey, and become like that which we worship. What we worship will determine our character and our conduct -our attitudes and our actions. This is true in both a negative (Ps 115:4-8; Isa 44:9-20) and a positive way (2 Cor 3:18).
No wonder Jesus said, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God”; for when we do, everything else falls into its rightful place (see Matthew 6:33).