Will there be free will in heaven
Can there be free will in heaven? [closed]
Once we reach heaven, we are given a new nature that is freed from our old sinful nature.
2 Peter 1: 4 (NIV)
Through these, He has given us His very great and precious promises that through them you may partake of the divine nature after you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Once we escape this corruption, we will attain the sinless state of Jesus.
1 John 3: 5-6 (NIV)
5 But you know he came to take away our sins. And there is no sin in him. 6 Nobody who lives in him continues to sin. No one who continues to sin has seen or known him
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NASB)
But all of us, uncovered, who see the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed from glory to glory into the same image, just as we are of the Lord the Spirit.
Now, while Jesus was sinless, He also had free will:
John 10: 17-18 (NIV)
17 The reason my dad loves me is because I put my life down - only to resume it. 18 Nobody takes it from me, but I put it down by myself. I have the authority to put it down and the authority to pick it up again. I received this order from my father.
So there will be no sin in heaven. It's not because we don't have free will, it's because we just do do not sin . It won't be in our nature. Just like now, it's not in our nature to fly. So it is not in our nature to sin.
However, there will be freedom in heaven:
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NASB)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
It is clear that the Lord is free. We don't just lose our freedom because we are in heaven.
One final note is a simple call to logic: How can heaven be paradise when we lose our freedom and free will?
One way to think about it is in a world where sin is not an option. Partly because it is not in our nature and partly because it is not available to us. For example, imagine life in the Garden of Eden but without the snake.
There is no reason to sin. There is no need to sin. There is no need to sin. Yet there is completely free will.
(Notice that I am giving this as an easy way to reconcile this in our minds, not an actual answer. Because the truth is, free will allows sin. But there will be no sin in heaven - according to my answer above .)
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