In the book of Revelation we are promised to be with God in the new heaven and new earth, does this mean we will be free from sin, and if so will we no longer have a free will?
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We will be free from sin but will have our free will. the angels still have their free will. When satan is gone all we will know is light and God. So really what else would their be for us to want... Also this world will pass away once we enter heaven. We know no more of what the word thinks or even our former lives because we enter a new life.
I like the above,.......... In this world there's the will of the flesh at work in the children of wrath, whilst we are the children of the spirit of promise, in this life we still retain that old fallen nature or spirit. Before we knew God we had no ability to please God, in the eternal world we will have the opposite of what the world has now, the ability to only please God. Therefore in heaven we will lose the ability to sin or choose sin, but we'll still make decisions but not for sin.
No, we will not lose our free will when the New Heaven and the New Earth come. Having said that.......we will be in the presence of God Almighty and His Son our Lord and Savior. We will be will Him again like in the Garden of Eden and everything will be perfect again. No sin, no evil .......it will be heaven on earth literally. Will anything happen again like in the beginning when we sinned and were cast out??? NO Will we have free choice to choose what to learn, experience, achieve, etc?? Yes. We will have life eternal with God. In Revelation ch 20 God says that he throws 7 things into hell. Among those 7 things is SIN. God completely does away with sin. It will NOT be a part of our existence anymore. But God made us for eternity and He gave us free will to last for eternity. We will use this free will on the new earth to continue living, loving, learning with opportunities abounding forevermore in the presence of God. How great is that!!!
Do we really even have "Free Will" now? 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV) 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. (Romans 6:20, 21 ESV) We are not autonomous beings. As unbelievers we were/are under control of our sinful nature. Every decision, and judgment we make, and every action we take, is informed by our sinful nature. As believers, those same things are informed either by the Holy Spirit, or our sinful nature. The righteousness we have as believers is an imputed righteousness, and in all practicality, on this side of Heaven we are still sinners. 10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." (Romans 3:10-12 ESV) So let's remember as we go, that in one way or the other, we are influenced, and informed by one of two masters. Sin, or God. There really is no such thing as "Free" will.
The above answer is correct, as we won't be living in a fallen world and won't be grappling with sin all the time, we won't need a free will as all our decisions will be Godly and in line with God's will in heaven....hallelujah ! Really, we don't have a free will now as our will continues to be tainted with sin, so this won't be the case in heaven we will truly have a free will then!
Is free will a necessity in a perfect setting like Heaven? What if "perfect" is boring and there's no way out. Can you start back sinning or are you stuck? Of course, God's will is paramount but we have a will also. "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life..." Deut 30:19 This verse, and many others, leave no room for ambiguity. According to 1Tim 2:4 [God desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. That settles it for me. It's clear what God's will is for us. Since we know that not all will be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, we know that God's will is not always satisfied. God has sovereignty, His power and authority is supreme. A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps (Prov 16:9). One truth doesn't negate another. The story of Jonah shows us that when we make a decision to disobey God He might act promptly to get us to change our minds and do as He has ordered (Jonah 1). Life swallowed him whole... Jonah 2 begins, "Then Jonah prayed..." But He doesn't always do that. The story of Samson is very different. I don't see where God ever tried to get Samson to straighten up and fly right. He used this out-of-control hard head, to get the ultimate result He desired. God's intended will in this matter is stated at the beginning: "He (Samson) will begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines" (Jdg 13:5). That's fundamentally what he did. But Samson's will in the matter of the Philistines was to covenant with them. He saw a woman and wanted her, and told his parents to "get her for me as a wife" (Jdg 14:2), and it was so, sort of... God has a will, and we were made in His image, which means we have our own volition also. When Genesis 1 states, 'God created man in His own image,' it doesn't mean we were created in the physical likeness of the Creator; I think it's trying to tell us something far more important than that about who we are. We're not being told what God looks like, an idea that usually pops into our minds when we think seriously about who God is. It means we are a representation of God, His agents in the Earth. God created the Earth from scratch, life as an institution, and us as representatives of the all-encompassing concept of what life on Earth is about. Life on Earth gives us a glimpse of some of God's fantasies, His imaginings. The innumerable species of life, plants and animals, all of life, is intriguing, but even the weather makes me ponder Him. Jesus said it in Matt 16:2,3; How the Pharisees and Sadducees accurately predicted the weather, but not the deeper meaning of it. That, I believe is a central theme of this whole long movie. Our will, our aim in life, should be to regain the knowledge of the Creator that was lost when sin gained a controlling interest of life on Earth. From that moment on we lost our knowledge of the truth, and so our will was damaged; it can't be trusted. God doesn't want to control us as some seem to suggest, He just doesn't want to see us fail, so He saves us from ourselves by guiding our steps, doing so off-stage (Prov 16:9). Of course He has ultimate authority in our lives; if He didn't we'd never turn around and come home. It doesn't say it, but the prodigal boy (Luke 15) had help getting into that hog pen. He didn't come to his senses and get out on his own either (John 6:44).
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