Re: Assurance of Salvation
Free will. We have it, or else sin wouldn't be able to be punished. If we had no free will, the sin would be on God's hands, and that is not even a consideration:
Originally Posted by AndrewCB
"Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin." - John 19:11.
Was Jesus saying that God was guilty of this sin? Nope. Jesus' kingdom isn't of the world.
"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." - John 14:30.
The prince of this world is none other than Satan. Satan delivered Jesus up to death, because Satan is evil and corrupt. How this could have happened to a "perfect" creation such as "Lucifer"? Without free will, it is impossible. Otherwise we would have no enemy, and God is tempting us with evil... But God does not tempt us with evil!
Though we might be tested by God, we are never tempted by God. He wants us to stand up to evil. He is like a proud parent, who declares: "Look at what my beautiful son/daughter can do!"
You were created in the Image and Likeness of The Creator. There is no other. Stand proud in the face of evil... But stay humble to God
John 10 (KJV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.