here's another thing i've been thinking about
we tend to debate the Sovereign God vs Free Will
but realistically - one can only have Free Will if you have a Sovereign God
it is when we work 'outside' the will of God (i.e. outside of Christ) - you are a slave,
for all your actions are controlled by a tyrant
so you are a puppet
this is not impaired free will - but total predictability of actions - based on the nature of the slave-driver
When we are under the total control of God - initiated by His saving grace,
then we are free - free to choose, free to act, free to love, free to serve, free to make legitimate choices
i think the early NT church understood this - especially some of the early Fathers..
so there is no tension - but it is a logical conclusion
and it happens in our families too
only when we know the total security and safety of our father, husband etc..
are we not then free?
if we are not secure, we are predictable, enslaved, controlled - and we can diagnose with pinpoint accuracy what actions we will take based on our situation
(which has many pastoral implications)
Come to the Son, let Him save you, then you are free indeed... that is the truth