...of how He works all things after the counsel of His OWN will.(eph.1:11)
The reason why I answered "Both" (to FBI_Exposure's question of do I believe in free will or no free will)....is because man does have free will up to a measure but ultimately God is Sovereign and it is His will that is done.
I have a brother in Christ who would completely disagree with me on this point of man having free will up to a "measure" (smiling) because he would argue that man has completely ZERO free will, that every step of man is ordered by the Lord (good, bad, and ugly) and while I totally agree with his position on our steps being ordered by the Lord,I still see how God gives man free will up to a 'measure'. Bottomline, it is a MYSTERY...and my personal position is I see how BOTH arguments of Sovereignty and Free Will are in HARMONY with one another...thus the 'wheels within THE wheel' statement written above.
Over and Over again in scripture we see how God was behind the scenes, moving in the hearts of people to bring about His will.
Here are a few to remember:
Joseph told his brothers that what they meant for evil God used for good and even directed them to do it.
God hardened Pharoah's heart to bring about the release of the children of Israel from Egypt.
Assyria was the rod that God used to bring discipline...and Assyria was completely unaware of it.
So, you will get no arguement from me regarding the Sovereignty of God.
He is King, Lord and Creator...and as Creator, is owner of all things.(Ps.2:8; Ez.18:4: Col1:16: Heb:1:2)
Be blessed, GoodSamaritan!
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