God’s Plan for His Creation
I believe that God, in His great wisdom, has a marvelous plan for His creation (Rom. 8:18-30; 11:33-36; Eph. 1:9-11). By creating man in His own image, God has made man morally responsible (Gen. 1:27; 5:1; 9:6). Just as God has freedom, He has endowed man with freedom in order that man might freely choose to know and enjoy Him.
I distinguish between moral freedom and metaphysical freedom. Fallen man does not have moral freedom since his will is enslaved to sin, but he does have metaphysical freedom. God delights in the loving worship of free creatures. In giving Adam moral responsibility, God chose to ordain the fall of man and permit sin and death to enter the cosmos (Rom. 8:20-21).
Yet in His great mercy, God has committed Himself to the renewal of His creation from sin and death (1 Cor. 15:20-28, 42-57). God guides and directs the course of history according to His sovereign plan (Gen. 50:20; Job. 12:23; Ps. 22:28; Prov. 20:24; Jer. 10;23; Dan. 4:34-35; Acts 17:26). Nothing happens that is outside of His control.