Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Divine Decrees, Part 19.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

One of the final principles of being a vessel for honorable use or one for dishonorable use is understanding –
To What Extent is the Human Will Free?

It is bondage to the potter’s wheel or the rules that God has set up for us to be engaged in.

There are restraints upon human volition and in reality we really do not have freedom as such… but what we have is a choice.

God can do whatsoever He pleases. Our options are limited.

Concerning unbelievers it is declared that they, being children of disobedience, are energized by Satan in
EPH 2:2.

Spirit – noun pneumatos – pneuvmatos = here it refers to a spirit higher than man but lower than God.

It can also refer to demon influence, and in some cases even demon possession; it also refers to the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of anyone. It refers to the fact that the unbeliever is born in bondage to sin and the kingdom of darkness.

JOH 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father”
COL 1:13 “delivered from the domain [kingdom] of darkness, and transferred to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

PHI 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
PHI 2:13 for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who is at work in you, both to will [give you motivation] and to work [He gives you the ability to execute] above and beyond His good pleasure.

The entire human race, saved and unsaved, believers and unbelievers, are not really free from a superior influence.

1. The kingdom of God created by God.
2. The kingdom of darkness developed by Satan.

All Satan can do is take the flawless creation that God creates and pervert it into evil.

The mystery is that fact that this influence, as potent as it is, is totally unrecognized within the realm of human experience.

The human race thinks that they are free birds.
However, the Bible teaches they are in are in cages.
1JO 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

REV 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;

The Jews living during our Lord’s day thought they were free.
And not only were they in bondage to Roman dictatorship but they were also in bondage to their father Satan.

There is a natural seed of Abraham and a spiritual seed of Abraham. The spiritual seed is in view in –
ROM 11:26 and thus all Israel will be saved;

ROM 9:6b For they are not all Israel [true spiritual seed] who are descended from Israel [natural seed];

Abraham’s son Isaac continued Abraham’s seed, and two sons were born at the same time through one woman.

ROM 9:13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
ROM 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

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