Essay on The Sovereignty of God and Freewill of Man

4227 Words Jul 29th, 2011 17 Pages
CONTENTS
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………..1
The Anchors of Stability..………..………..…………………………………………...2 Foreknowledge As Hinge……………………………………………………………...3 What Shall We Say To These Things?………………………………………………...7 Do Sovereignty And Foreknowledge Diminish Freedom To Counter Choices?……...8 Conclusion………………………………...………………………………………….10
Bibliography…..…………………………………………………………………………14

Introduction

While the pendulum of opinion among evangelicals concerning the degree to which created man is free under the sovereign God revealed in the bible continues to swing between views that virtually eliminate either man’s freewill or God’s sovereignty, the Scripture teaches that
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As beings who “grow up” and “mature”, its difficult to grasp God’s timelessness. God doesn’t need to develop. He is completely perfect and always has been. He doesn’t mature, nor does he ever need to see things from a different vantage point. What he knows is everything and he’s always known it. He can’t be separated from himself or his holy nature. But the most important element of his timelessness is that God is not subject to time and space, though he is aware of the sequence of events due to time and space.[7] Finally, God is infinite. He is limitless.[8] Its not that there are an infinite number of things about God, but that he, himself as a being, is limitless. Foreknowledge As Hinge Since this paper deals with God’s sovereignty and man’s free will, a working understanding of sovereignty and free will are in order. Sovereignty pertains to rule or governance.[9] God’s authority extends to all that exists in and out of time and space. But sovereignty deals with more than the expanse of authority. It deals with control over that territory. To say that God is sovereign is to say that God has absolute control over his entire creation, including man.[10] Free will speaks of man’s ability to freely choose. For man to have genuine freedom to choose, man must be capable of a contrary choice.[11] Does man have genuine freedom to choose anything, especially God, independent of God? Does God’s

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