The 6 Theses Of the Will, Resistance and RejectionPeter Kucenski
(An Official Theological Statement of the ACCS)
Thesis I The natural will of man bound to evil and only by the Will of God is our will changed
All people have sinned (Romans 3:23) and that sin begins in birth (Romans 5:12 and Psalm 51:5). Our sin causes our natural state to be evil and to hate God (Genesis 8:21) and causes us to only rebel against God and His ways (Proverbs 17:11). Thus our will is bound to do evil and we cannot do anything to please God or to bring ourselves into fellowship with Him (Romans 9:16-20 and Romans 9:10-13).
Thesis II God as a part of His will allows us to resist His will
Even though God hates evil He does allow evil to work in the world (Job 1:6-12) and part of that evil is our resistance to Him (Jeremiah 44:1-6, Acts 7:51, and 2 Timothy 3:8). However, He takes no pleasure in evil (Psalm 5:4 and Ezekiel 33:11) and uses it to work good for His people (Genesis 50:20 and Romans 8:28).
Thesis III God as a part of His will allows us to reject His righteousness
God after He has made us righteous, by His will allows us to again reject that righteousness (Ezekiel 3:20, Ezekiel 18:24 and Jeremiah 2:19). However, He takes no pleasure in our rejection (Luke 15:11-32), He therefore can and does earnestly seek us out again (Luke 15:1-7).
Thesis IV God, though He desires Salvation for all can and has rejected some because of Sin
God in His mercy does desire that all people should be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-7 and Ezekiel 33:11), however, in His judgment, He does condemn some because of sin. He does this in three ways to those who did not know their sin because they did not know the law (Romans 2:12), to those who knew their sin because of the law and yet rejected His salvation (Romans 2:12, 13 and John 3:14-17), to those who knew His salvation and rejected it (Romans 1:28-32, 2 Peter 2:20-22, Hebrews 10:26-31, Hebrews 12:14-17 and Ezekiel 18).
Thesis V With righteousness comes submission to the Will of God
When we come to believe in God, through the grace of God, (and thus we are saved) we willing take on the yoke of Christ to do His will and submit our will to His (Matthew 11:28-30, James 4:7-10, 1 Peter 5:5, 6, Ephesians 5:24, Hebrews 12:9, Matthew 10:38 and John 12:26).
Thesis VI Our will is never free
If our will is bound to do evil because of our sinfulness (Thesis I) and when we are saved our will is to do God’s will (Thesis V) then our will is truly never free. Moreover, even when we do sin when we have submitted our will to God it is no longer our will that sins, but our sinful flesh because our will is still to do good (Romans 7:13-25), thus our sin does not remain. However, when we sin willfully or believe that can and/or must add to Christ’s sacrifice by doing the works of the law we shake off the yoke of Christ and put on the yoke of sin and the law and are condemned (Galatians 5:1-4 and Thesis III). For by doing so, all our sin is again imputed to us thus judgment is upon us (Hebrews 10:26, 27 and Ezekiel 3:20, 21) unless God shows further Grace and allows us to repent of it (James 4:1-10).
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