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06 August, 2007 / theexpositor

Not Free Will but a Freed Will

I have posted several excerpts from the book To Tell the Truth by Will Metger and I continue to be blessed by this great work. My pastor Scott Reiber is teaching from this book for Sunday School and the class is tremendous.

Here is a portion of Metzger’s teaching on the subject of free will:

“The Bible contfains numerous verses indicating the activity of human will in becoming a Christian. ‘The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ and let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty let him come; and whoever wishes (is willing), let him take the free gift of the water of life.’ (Rev. 22:17). “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’ (Rom 10:12,13). In both these verses we see the human will exhorted to break free from the power of sin and do something immensely good-come to Christ, call on God. And these verses are addressed to ‘whoever’ and ‘everyone’. Many Christians read this and use the phrase ‘free will’ to describe what they seein these verses. However, the phrase ‘human response’ or ‘human responsbility’ would be more accurate. Martin Luther, in the Bondage of the Will, attempts to put the nail in the coffin of this concept by questioning the use of free. He says many religious people describe the power of free will as small, and wholly ineffective apart from the grace of God. Agreed? But if God’s grace is lacking, if it is taken away from that small power, what can the will do? It in ineffective and can do nothing good. Hence it follows that free will without God’s grace is really not free will at all. For what is ineffective power but (in plain language) no power? The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit makes us willing, we do not do it ourselves.

So God, in Christ, calls us in our complacency. We hear the outward call oiffering good news, but we are unwilling. Then the Holy Spirit enters the basement and turns up the heat of conviction. We now have an inner urge, a desire to get out of the house. That desire is fanned into a passionate flame by Christ’s alluring beauty and his provision of a place of safety and love-at home with the Father and adopted into his family. I become willing and choose Christ because what I desired in my mind was changed by God’s empowering, evocative grace! Sovereign saving grace gives power to obey. as well as grants a pardon for disobedience. My will is freed.”

To Tell the Truth, pages 143, 144



One Comment

  1. Micky / Aug 10 2007 19 30

    Our moral freedom, like other mental powers, is strengthened by exercise. The practice of yielding to impulse results in enfeebling self-control. The faculty of inhibiting pressing desires, of concentrating attention on more remote goods, of reinforcing the higher but less urgent motives, undergoes a kind of atrophy by disuse.

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