I was recently asked this question, “Is there free will in heaven?” It caused me to ponder. We speak often of the benefits, worship, glory, and surroundings of heaven. Scripture speaks often about these. Yet, when it comes to the question of choice, the answer is not so easily found. Admittedly, one’s theological perspective shapes one’s response. How do I answer this question? I believe God’s created will have free will in heaven. Free will is present, but capacity to sin is lost. While there is no specific verse supporting or contradicting this position, one’s answer must be determined from theological frameworks and various interpretations. Since I fall in the middle of Tiessen’s (Providence and Prayer) spectrum as a Redemptive Interventionist, I err on the side of freedom (as part of my theological framework). Since we understand by God’s word and experience such concepts of justification and sanctification. It’s the glorification component that is yet to be fully experienced and known.
- God created man with the ability to exercise free will.
- Free choice has its consequences.
- Having freedom to choose doesn’t indicate a willingness or wantonness to choose sin.
- The option to sin isn’t a choice in heaven since there is no sin in heaven. We are free to choose, but do not have the capacity to sin. We choose obedience.
- Therefore we don’t lose our freedom to choose, just our capacity to sin.