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The doctrine of the Divine Decrees - to what extent is the human will free?

Thursday, January 17, 2002

Point 5. To What Extent is the Human Will Free?

Unbelievers, children of disobedience, are energized by Satan, EPH 2:2.

spirit - pneumatos = a spirit higher than man but lower than God, demon influence, even demon possession; the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of anyone.

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 who is at work in you, both to will and to work 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.

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

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;

There is a natural seed of Abraham and a spiritual seed of Abraham.

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.”

God influences the unbeliever to some extent as well as Satan and his power influencing believers to some extent.

JOH 6:44 “No man can come to Me, except the Father which has sent Me draw him.”

JOH 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, {even} to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Danger and disaster, whether personal, national, or international, are permitted to continue in history that the power of God may be demonstrated.

1. The evangelism of the unbeliever.
2. The spiritual growth of the believer.

Many times in human history God has demonstrated His power by means of some evil ruler.

Many times in human history God has demonstrated his power by means of some evil people.

Many times God has demonstrated His power by means of believers who are negative toward Bible doctrine.

“God uses the wrath of man to praise Him,” PSA 76:10.

If anyone in any part of the world, no matter how isolated, at the point of God consciousness expresses a desire to know God, and have a relationship with God, God will provide that information.

Instead of God using the Internet, or satellite radio or television, He used the hardness of one man’s heart to get the Gospel message and His power throughout this region.

Our human limitations constantly restrict our ability to really know and understand God.

ISA 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

ISA 55:9 “For {as} the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

PRO 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.

JOB 21:30 For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; they will be led forth at the day of fury.

PSA 76:10 Man’s wrath only adds to Your glory; (Jerusalem translation)

God used the wickedness of self-righteousness to magnify His grace.

LUK 7:47 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

GEN 50:20 - the evil and jealousy of Joseph’s brothers.

Inevitably the Lord will be glorified even when men perform the greatest evil which they are capable of performing.

2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

See history strictly from the divine viewpoint.

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