Living the Christian Life series part 1. 

Unit 4b   The free Will of Mankind    

 

Syllabus  ON  THE  APPLICATION  OF GOD'S  CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES  

In unit 4 we are looking at the application of 8 Principles and Precepts of God’s Character, that are a privilege and responsibility for those living a Christ like life out of love to Him.

These constitute the doctrine of the church.  Every true doctrine is in harmony with God's attributes and so carry responsibilities to which we must answer to God. 

The knowledge and application of these will enable you to make choices and decisions in the known will of God, keeping you in the place of His blessing. They reflect His nature and character bringing you in His image and likeness, revealing Him to the world around you.   


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We must remember that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not yours or the worlds.    

Remember: every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of God’s will. [His heart for you] 

Let us remember: God made us with a free will to choose between following Him or the god of this world.  However our freedom does not give us the power to come out from under His sovereignty as our creator. 

See what you can learn of God's heart as you consider why and how He exercises His authority over us.  Keep in mind who He is, what He is, and what He has done for us. 

The more you know of your God, the more beautiful the doctrine of the sovereignty of God becomes. 

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit. 

Many people have said to me I do not make decisions with out praying first.  While that is good may I ask what good it is if that one does not go into God’s Word to find principles and precepts to guide them in their decisions?   So for the next week make it an unbreakable rule to pray and search out the heart of God in His Word before making any decisions, and make a note of what ever change that brought on your decisions.  '

 

Our study and meditation will be in each of the following areas.   

Principles: what we are to do. 

The laws or rules for establishing the source of action expected by God.  They will be in harmony with God's attributes as they are derived from them, unless they are the principles of sin which are derived from Satan.   


Precepts:
how to carry out the principle
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The method of operation or way we demonstrate or hold to the principle involved in our position or action we take. These come out of the action of God in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.    

 

Our Responsibilities: our Duties to God and man.  

Our obligation to respond to God and others by His standards and values and not ours or the world's.

 

 

 

We will look at each of the following areas as they apply....

 

 To God  (personally)

           

 To Others (neighbors)

 

  Home (family)

 

 In the Local Church  (God's local family)

 

 To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family)

 To or in Government (collectively or individually)  

 

 

GOD MADE MAN IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS 

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..... And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:  " Gen. 1 :1,1 :26   Why did God do this, was He just bored with His existence, and  looking for something to do? 

Consider the fact of God's  eternality, in the light of His divine attributes of character.  There was no one in all His creation like Him to relate to. How lonely He must have been. Perhaps you are thinking that there was God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You are right and they all exercised love to one another. But to whom, or how, could God manifest his infinite undeserved love, mercy and grace. Not within the Godhead, for they all have the same attributes of power. They are all worthy, none in need of God's mercy, or undeserved grace. There was no one He could share His heart with in all eternity past! I believe it was in the deepest loneliness and frustration, to exercise His wonderful character that He said "let us make man in our image and likeness. " Yes, God's nature and character gave Him a need to have someone to relate to, care for, be a friend to, and share His heart with, so He made Adam. (He made you for that same purpose). 

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Gen. 2:7.

       Read Psa. 33:6, & Zech. 12:1 

As God is a triune being, and man was to be in His image and likeness, He made man a triune being also, having a body the material part of man to house the soul. The soul is a nonmaterial part of man, which is the real person that lives inside the body, having intellect, emotion, and will. Then God gave man His Spirit when He breathed into man to give life to his soul, which in turn gives life to the body.

God knew that for man to have a relationship with Him based on His character, He would have to make man with a free will.  Man could then choose to love and serve Him, not just because He was his creator, but for what God is as a person, for His loving and caring for him, and meeting his needs. Consider how God made the Heaven and Earth as an environment for man, planted a garden to provide all of man's needs, and even gave him a wife. Beyond all that the earth was the place for man to live and fellowship with God. God revealed His glory to them as they walked and talked with Him in the garden of Eden. God was their friend and they were His. What a beautiful relationship that must have been. What joy it must have brought to God's heart, but not for long. Read: Gen. Chapters 2-3

Keep in mind God made man for..... His FELLOWSHIP 1 Cor. 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”   His PLEASURE Rev. 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  His GLORY Isaiah 43:7   Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.   The fulfillment of which required man to respond to God out of a free will, to have a heart felt personal relationship with Him.  

 

The Principle of a Free Will. 

When God created man He gave man a free will, capable of rejecting God's will for him.

"And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  Gen. 2:15-17  

 

The Precept of a Free Will:  is to make a choice. 

                 "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat”. Gen. 3:1-6  

                  Consider: Joshua 24:14-17;  1 Kings 18:21; John 1:11-12; John 6:67    

 

The responsibility of a free will: is accountability for our choice.

                  "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”Deut.30:19_20

 

                  Consider: John 3:15-21;  John 3:36;  Proverbs 1:1-33;   2 Cor. 5:10;     

                                                                                                                                                                             

God NEVER TAKES AWAY MANS CAPACITY TO CHOOSE OR REJECT His Word, or work for their behalf.  Nor does He ever change the consequences of that choice.

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; “  Col. 1:22-23  

                   Consider: John 14:15-17, 21-24; John 15:6;   Hebrews 2:1-3, 3:6, 14;19;  5:9;10:39  2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:23-24    
  

                   Consider the following warnings: concerning the use of our free will.   

"As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”1:Pet. 2:16  

 

                   Read. Daniel chapter 1(1:8)  Romans 6:1-23; 2 Cor. 5:14-20;

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an   occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one  anotherGal. 5:13      

             Consider: Romans 6:1-23, 2Cor.15:1-20,  Galatians 6:1-3  (Also see  (i)The principle of Faith and Eternal Security and  (k)The Principle of Liberty in Unit 6) 


Self test: on The Principle of Applying a Free Will of Man.

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have  learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His  blessing. 

     Things to Consider:  

Q1.  Why was it necessary for God to give man a free will?

Q2.  How do we exercise the use of our free will? 

Q3.  What must we accept in using our free will?  

Q4.  Does having a free will give us the right to do as we please?  

Q5. Is it possible for God to take away our free will, in one area and not in another?  

Q6.  Is it possible for God to take away our free will to accomplish His purposes,
       
and still hold us accountable for our actions ?  

Q7. Can the free will of man escape the sovereignty of God?  

 

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You will also receive a UNIT TEST at the end of this unit to be handled in like manor and be returned to us if you desire a Certificate of Achievement upon completion of this course.  

You are now ready to stat Applying  4c The Principle of Holiness.          

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May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28   

“ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

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