(Continued from Part 1)
Anyway, at first I was “blind” to this list, blinded by my preconceived ideas. Later, I vigorously fought, read, and tried to “work around” these scriptures. One day, it occurred to me that maybe I need to take a fresh look and pray about the knowledge, and foreknowledge of God.
Why? Because it is incongruent, illogical, and full of ridicule to think that an all-knowing God with complete, set-in-stone foreknowledge would later change His mind. If you foreknow everything, every thought, every choice, every decision that will be made; If you foreknow everything to the point that it is set-in-stone (omniscience), why would you change your mind unless you were presented with new information? If it is new information, then you don’t know everything. So what do we do? As we did earlier in the case of the absolute-worded “Nothing is impossible with God” vs. “It is impossible for God to lie” scenario, we need to compare scripture with scripture to find the answers.
So where do we begin? We begin with the utter core of God.
There is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below–you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.–1 Kings 8:23
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.–Deuteronomy 7:9
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (Agape).–1 John 4:8
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love (Agape). Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.–1 John 4:16
…Love (Agape) does not demand (zeteo) its own way…1 Corinthians 13:5
I wrote about this in my very first post called God Is Love…For What? As I read the scriptures and searched the leading of the Spirit, It became my firm belief that the absolute core of God is Agape Love grounded to Truth…and this agape love is NOT controlling. An in-depth, prayerful study of I Corinthians 13 and 1 John taught me that God is Agape love, and Agape love (God) does NOT CONTINUALLY insist on its own sovereign way. Agape love does not demand (zeteo) that everything in its entirety be predestined to live its own way. Agape love is not demanding and doesn’t have to know everything. Agape love holds back and grants freedom and freewill. Agape love is vulnerable and it takes real risks. Agape love cannot exist in a closed, completely dictated, comprehensive, sovereign environment. Sovereignty is allowed, but is not allowed to be constant in the realm of Agape Love. Agape Love resists complete, constant, set-in-stone Sovereignty. Because Agape Love refuses to hold on to its own way, it must be open to real change. Agape love does not dictate or foreknowingly ordain, or set-in-stone every move and every thought of everything. (At this point you should be getting boiling angry and combating this with Psalm 139 where every word is foreknown. Good! Make sure you read the whole chapter and don’t leave out the last two verses.Why does he make these requests??? We will deal with this)
Agape Love requires the truest relationship…vulnerable and open-ended with two voices that engage in true yieldedness. It is comparable to Bride and Groom, Loving Father and dearest Son, but not Master-puppet. At times, Agape HAS TO BE YIELDING. If it never yields, it is not scriptural Agape. Our God is Agape (Read the book of 1st John). Agape Love will lead us, guide us, and even persuasively incline us, but it will not pretend and will not domineeringly manipulate.
Why do I believe this way? Read and meditate on 1 Corinthians 13 on your own. Read everything the bible says about love. What does it say? It says in 1 Cor. 13:5 that Agape Love does not “zeteo” its own way. Vines Expository Dictionary tells us that zeteo in this particular verse means “demand or require”. Strong’s tells us it means to “seek to reach a BINDING resolution”. Zeteo is rigid, unyielding, set-in-stone. Agape love does not bind you unwillingly. Agape love does not fully and comprehensively demand, require, or bind you unwillingly to its plan, will, or destiny. Agape love does not create us to be fixed, and “entirely” predestined, to an always absolute, pre-known, unvarying way without any choices whatsoever. Since Agape love is not fixed on its own way, it is therefore flexible and vulnerable.
Agape Love is vulnerable and relational in real linear time. God is vulnerable! If God is Agape (He is), then He has elements of yielding and vulnerability in His relationships. The idea of God being vulnerable is repulsive and heretical in the eyes of theologians. Let the scriptures show you how the members of the Godhead (Father, Son, Spirit) are vulnerable to each other. You see, God didn’t become Agape with the creation of angels or men…He has always been Agape. Watch This!
This vulnerability was demonstrated by the discourse between Jesus and the Father when Jesus said, “Not MY will, but THY will be done”. Read that again. Do you see one will or two wills? If you thought that their harmony was built on always thinking alike…think again. They have a real relationship complete with discussions. (Continue reading by going to the next post)