2. Freedom

Freedom (Charles C. Ryrie, Basic Theology, Victor Books, 1986,) p. 37.

1. Meaning. Freedom in God means that He is independent of His creatures and His Creation.

2. Scripture. When Isaiah asked the people who had directed the Lord or taught Him anything or instructed Him, he expected the answer, “no one,” Because God is free; i.e., independent of His creatures (Isaiah 40:13-14).

3. Question. Is God restricted in any way if He is free? Usually the answer states that God is restricted only by His own nature; e.g., His holiness restricts Him from ever sinning. But how can we even use the word restriction in connection with perfection? There can be no restrictions in perfection.

4. An application. Being free, God is not obligated to us in any way unless He chooses to initiate an obligation. He does not have to do anything for us unless He chooses to do so. Consequently, we cannot put Him in our debt.

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