What Is The Relationship Between God’s Sovereignty And Our Free Will

Isaiah 46:9-11

God has the sovereignty to do whatever he wants, and though we may make plans, those that come to pass are established by God. If God wills, you will do what you will to do tomorrow. Even evil things can be used by God for his glorious purposes, like in the story of Job. Every small detail is controlled by God, every atom is set in place by God, and nothing happens without God willing it to happen.

In our natural state, we are spiritually dead and slaves to sin. In Christ, we are saved, adopted, and made righteous. We do not have unlimited potential or self-determination. Yet, we are responsible for our actions and choices. God’s sovereignty does not nullify our responsibility, and our responsibility does not nullify God’s sovereignty.

In the same way that darkness and cold is the absence of light, sin and evil is an absence, or withdrawing, of God’s positive agency. God has a will of decree and a will of command. God’s moral will is that all will be saved, but he does not force it because he has a greater sovereign will. All of suffering is God’s judgement on humanity through The Fall, and we must groan within for God to return and save us. God is our only hope in suffering, and only a sovereign God can secure us through our suffering. Renounce yourself, and rely on God. God ordains the end, and the means to the end. God can heal and harden, give and take away, create a vessel for mercy or a vessel for wrath.

6 Oct 2013

Nick Coombs

Nick is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He loves Jesus, is passionate about connecting deep theology with everyday life, and eager to make a difference in the time he has by helping plant as many churches as possible. After Jesus, Nick loves his wife Jules, and his two kids, Axel and Aria. He holds an MDiv from Ridley College, is an ordained Anglican minister and gives too much of his time to fantasy sports.