Two fundamental truths are: God is good and man has free will — the angels, too.
Free will, like everything else is subservient to God’s will, i.e., our free will is only limited by God’s sovereignty. We choose within His omniscience, but we are judged by the motives and intentions of our heart, not by His foreknowledge.
All of man’s hope, faith and love is a choice based upon, dependent on and resting on the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Belief or unbelief is a choice we will all make; and no choice is a choice.
God introduced choice and sin when He planted “the tree of knowledge of good and evil” in Eden. Adam and Eve erred; they chose rebellion over obedience. Why did God allow this to happen?
Love is a gift. Genuine love is freely given and freely received. Love is only love if it is a choice. God desires our love and we need his. He wants us to choose Him. Out of love for us, God allowed for our error (sin).
Faith is a gift, freely given and freely received, and it is a choice. God desires our faith, without which we can’t please Him, and without which we have ho hope.
Salvation is a loving gift, freely given and freely received. It, too, is a choice. God desires our salvation and we need it. Out of love for us, God made allowance for our salvation, and also for our autonomy to freely choose it or not. The “chosen ones” are the ones who choose to believe and choose to accept God’s gift.
As steel sharpens steel, scripture sharpens scripture. Exodus 33:19, I Peter 1:2, I Corinthians 1:24-29, James 2:5 and John 3:15-16, it is written, God is on the throne and faith changes things “whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
William Van Amber Fields