The Freewill of God?

Scott Price

Some people had a problem with my article on the impeccability (Him not being able to sin) of Jesus Christ. The biggest complaint, one asking to be taken off the newsletter mailing list, was because of the following statement in that article which said:

“He (Christ) was incapable of sin and it never entered into to His mind even for consideration. In this sense I will go as far as saying that the Lord Jesus Christ did not even have a “freewill” in the matter simply because He, as the God-Man, was bound to His nature. He had no sin nature to speak of and no potential of Him being contaminated with sin at all in His Person, whether His Divine nature or His sinless humanity.”

I would like to develop this a little more so you can maybe gain some encouragement from this great truth, which cannot be overstated. Some things seem to be misunderstood because of preconceived bias, a misuse of terms, or at least from undefined terms. Most have a big problem with the idea that God is “bound” to His nature. Let me say in the onset that man did not or ever can bind God. That is an Arminian idea, which is Satanic. Most religious folks believe God wills the salvation of all people without exception and that He is actively “trying” or “attempting” to save them as He “offers” them salvation, IF they would but merely “let Him save them”. This is nothing short of, as I said; Satanism and or idolatry.

We need to develop an idea that is very simple, but is not very often brought out. That is the fact and truth the Bible speaks of concerning certain things God CANNOT do. Yes, I actually said it. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). This is one sense in which He said He is TRUTH Himself (John 14:6). He cannot change and this is known as His immutability. God cannot fail. These are just three of many things He cannot do. These things are things also that He will not do, but based on the primary truth that these things are not even potentially in Him at all. This is why I went as far as making the statement that His will is bound to His nature or who He is in His character attributes that define Him. He seems to be happy this is the way He is. He is jealous of His character. Let me make it a little simpler and say it this way:

God is NOT free to lie.

God is NOT free to change.

God is NOT free to fail.

To say He is FREE to WILL to do any of those is to say that there is a potential IN Him of sin or to sin. This would be nonsense! I have a relative who learned a few Bible verses about God’s sovereignty who says that God is so sovereign He does not have to be holy if He freely chooses not to be. That is a ridiculous notion! God’s attributes are vitally in harmony with each other and are unchanging characteristics that we have revealed to us so as to rest in Him with the utmost confidence.

Who God is drives what He does, not the other way around. God should not be view like religion would have Him as one chasing His own tail. He is eternal, and unchangeable, with not even the potential to have a “choice” to sin. It simply is not in Him, neither can enter into Him, ever. This is just one thing that defines Him. Freewill, by definition, does not exist anywhere, in any sense, in God or man! It is a myth and an invented lie of Satan! I take much comfort in this truth. It is my prayer that it may bring you peace and comfort if you are His.

Impeccable or Potential, Which?

Some would deny the impeccability of Christ (Him not being able to sin) because they claim He was exactly like us. Some who deny impeccability think it shows a more genuine attempt of Christ when He resisted Satan and did not sin.  They say it gives them comfort that Christ COULD have sinned but chose NOT to sin, which gives us a much better incentive not to sin themselves.

What gives me comfort? To know that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, in His Person, even in His humanity or fleshly nature was impeccable and did not even have the ability or potential to sin. W.E. Best said a mouth full when he asked the following question that relates to how we think about who Christ is: “Would you rather board an elevator that had a sign above it that said it has not failed yet, or one with a sign on it that says it cannot fail?”  Christ cannot fail and that is why He did not. He was incapable of sin and never entered into to His mind even for consideration. In this sense I will go as far as saying that the Lord Jesus Christ did not even have “freewill” in the matter simply because He, as the God-Man was bound to His nature. He had no sin nature to speak of and no potential of Him being contaminated with sin at all in His Person, whether His Divine nature or His sinless humanity.

Defeating the DaVinci Code With a Basic Gospel Doctrine

God, who at many times and in many ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds, who being the shining splendor of His glory, and the express image of His essence, and upholding all things by the word of His power, through Himself cleansing of our sins, He sat down on the right of the Majesty on high, being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4 (MKJV)

The book and movie that has taken the world by storm called “The Advance Code” is very easily dispelled by upholding one very simple gospel doctrine. That basic doctrine is not the sinlessness of the Lord Jesus Christ, as important as that is, but it is the impeccability of Christ. His impeccability refers to Christ’s inability to sin. He was and is simply unable to commit any sin. This is reflection of who He is in His very being, His character attributes. As He walked among sinners He was sinless humanity and perfect Deity (God), one Person in two natures, the God-Man Mediator. He did not have a sin nature as we do even though He had a human nature like us. Those who claim to be “Christian” and do not hold to His impeccability leave room for doubts concerning possibilities of what could or could not have happened as Christ lived during His earthly walk. He was not in the least free to sin but was bound NOT to because of who He was, the God-Man. It does not take a $24 book, 2″ thick to explain why the movie should not shake your faith, just this simple truth of impeccability. Thank God for His wisdom to fulfill His purpose in Christ for His people through His impeccability. Worship Him as such.

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One Response to “The Freewill of God?”

  1. mark mcculley Says:

    Amen and amen. Nor did Adam have a “freewill”, no matter how often Jonathan Edwards defines it to mean “free to do what one’s nature wants”. Nor does God have the freewill to change is threat about the “soul that sins shall die” into “no soul ever dies but all souls always live either in blessing or curse.”

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