If God is all powerful, why does he not just exert his will? (2018-02-14)

If God is so powerful that he made the universe, why does he not just create humans with his life in them so they would obey him? What value is there in making mankind who would rebel against him? God did not want to make a man who serves him like a ‘robot.’ He wanted a man with free will. He wanted man to choose him freely. That is why he put Adam and Eve in front of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He wants us to freely choose him. In the Bible, he is pictured as the bridegroom and we are the bride. We freely choose him because we have realized his love for us. “We love, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) He wants us to love him. Love is an expression of a freed will. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18) A slave who serves a master fears punishment. A bride serves her bridegroom in love. That is the beauty of what God has done. The motivation for keeping his laws have changed. The first covenant was based on the law. The second covenant was based on grace. In the first covenant, we are motivated by the fear of God. In the second covenant, we are motivated by our love for him. That is the preciousness of what Christ has done. All the ‘evil’ that we do is resolved by love. Our love for him will transform us, as we constantly come into his presence. (2 Cor. 3:18) Each time we come before him, he reveals more of himself to us, transforming us into his image.

We are being transformed not just to become a better person. We are transformed to his image. We are not just trying to improve ourselves with God’s ‘help,’ he wants us to be like him. What man lacks today is the realization that he is being transformed to be like Christ.

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