by Mark Baker

The Authority of Our Will
Mark Baker
Proverbs 5:23; Hosea 4:6

From the very beginning we can see that God has given man the freedom of choice. Adam and Eve were disobedient against God's specific commandment, and the result for them was spiritual death and eventually physical death. Have you ever wondered why He didn't stop them from this disobedient act knowing full well that the outcome would be spiritual death? He certainly had the power to stop them, yet He didn't. It wasn't His will that they sin, He specifically told them not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He told them the day that they ate of it they would surely die. You might wonder why He didn't just stop them. His most precious creation, man would not have died. God allowed them to sin because He gave them the authority to do what ever they wanted to do. This is not saying He commissioned them to sin, God forbid, but He most certainly allowed it to happen didn't He? God gave man the ultimate authority to do whatever they wanted to do. In this sense He made us just like Him, we have the power of choice. It is always in our best interest when we choose to do what He has told us to do.

There is great authority placed in our freedom of choice. We have the authority to choose life and we have the authority to choose death. He will not make us choose life. It has to be our choice or we would not have a free will would we? This may seem like a very obvious point, but if we only had one choice, we wouldn't have to choose would we? God gave Adam more than one choice for a reason. If Adam did not exercise a free will and choose to sin there would not have been judgment. On the other hand if he had obeyed, there would have been a different outcome and he would not have had to die. This is the ultimate authority that we have been given.

God wanted Adam as well as us to choose obedience of our own free will. He didn't create robot children. The authority that Adam was given, was ...

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