…the definite plan and foreknowledge of God

Did Jesus Christ, the son of man, have free will?  What is “free will”?  To what extent does any man have self-determining will/power?  For the unsaved… Satan rules over them…they are children of wrath.  For the elect of God… God is their Sovereign.  Where is this place of “free will”?  How would “free will” express itself.  If any choice is made in the flesh, is it not sin?  If any choice is made in the Spirit, is it not then by God’s grace and ordained will? 
He was crucified “by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” (Acts 2:23.) 
I thought this morning’s post from the writings of J.C. Ryle were especially helpful (thanks to Erik at J.C. Ryle Quotes).  If we take a long view and look back down the beam of Light that shines from eternity… we come to but One source; all else is darkness.  If we view today from eternity past, I think we will better understand God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility… God’s will vs man’s will.

The Plan of the Cross

16 Jul

People seem to forget that all Christ’s sufferings on the cross were fore-ordained. They did not come on Him by chance or accident—they were all planned, counseled, and determined from all eternity. The cross was foreseen in all the provisions of the everlasting Trinity for the salvation of sinners. In the purposes of God the cross was set up from everlasting. Not one throb of pain did Jesus feel, not one precious drop of blood did Jesus shed, which had not been appointed long ago. Infinite wisdom planned that redemption should be by the cross. Infinite wisdom brought Jesus to the cross in due time. He was crucified “by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” (Acts 2:23.)

~ J.C. Ryle

Old Paths, “The Cross of Christ”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1999], 251.

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2 Responses to …the definite plan and foreknowledge of God

  1. cavman says:

    Yet, the WCF says that God ordains whatsoever comes to pass, yet by doing no violence to the will of the creature.

  2. TimWitten says:

    Hi Steve, I agree with the WCF in the understanding that God ordains all things… without (and I like the picture in this phrase) ‘doing violence’ to the will of the creature. There’s been recent conversation with some friends who are trying to take hold of this tension. The consideration that if man doesn’t have ‘free will’ he is just a robot has a stronghold, and that is keeping a better grasp of God’s ordaining of things that we make choices about daily from taking hold. Thanks.

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