“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Genesis 1:26
This week, we arrive at one of the most hotly-debated ways in which we image God: Our ability to choose.
Throughout the Bible, there are innumerable passages related to the will of God and His ability to do or not do whatever He wishes. Perhaps the one that most clearly states His sovereignty is Psalm 135:6:
“Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.”
There are literally hundreds more within the pages of Scripture. Isaiah 14:27; Luke 10:21, 12:32; Ephesians 1:4-6, 11-12; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 2:4… this is just a small sampling of the wealth of passages referring to God’s absolute sovereign will.
There is nothing that falls outside of God’s will, according to the Scriptures. No word, no deed, no thought. Absolutely nothing. God is aware of all and in control of all.
So far so good, right?
Here’s where it starts to get contentious. [Read more...]