“Choice” is often mistaken for “Will”. Jesus made a distinction between the two as he prayed in the garden, he said “Father if it is possible let this cup pass from me, but not my will, your will be done”. In another place he said, “I did not come to do my will but the will of him that sent me”. The will of Jesus, at least in one case was not in line with the will of his Father, but his choice to do God’s will supersede his own will.
Choice comes from a deeper place, it is not always transparent, and it transcends our will! If we are tempted and we fall, our choice and resolve to do God’s will is what He considers. The scripture tells us obedience comes from the heart!
Angels were created before man, one third of them led by Lucifer chose their independence from God, which caused a cataclysm.
Lucifer’s choice is recorded in the book of Isaiah: “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14:3)
The words “I will” are the focal point of this passage which led to God’s judgment! Lucifer chose to exert his will over God’s will, nothing outside of God’s will can exist in heaven. God’s will is the highest possible good for his creation, a threat to his will has consequences.
A war broke out in heaven between the Angels led by Michael the Archangel and the angels that followed Lucifer. Lucifer and his Angels were defeated and thrown down to earth, he became known as the Dragon and Satan.
Sometime later God created man and called him Adam, and from Adam he created woman and called her Eve. Satan came to Eve and tempted her through deception, she fell for his lies and disobeyed God, Adam also joined her in disobedience.
God knew Adam and Eve would sin before He created them, so he made a way through Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world to redeem fallen man. Salvation would be dependent upon obeying God’s commandments and doing his will.
Jesus made the strongest possible statement about doing God’s will, saying; “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” (Matt 7:21).
John made an equally strong statement about keeping God’s commandments, saying; “The one who says I have come to know him, and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person” (1 John 2:4).
Angels have already made their choice, one third of them chose not to do God’s will, they are destined for eternal contempt. It is now the time for Man to make his choice!
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