We are beings created with the power of decision making. We have the freedom of choice. Everyone can weigh the pros and cons on any given matter and make a choice as to what they do. There is also the matter of will-power that comes into play. It measures the strength of our resolve to carry out our choice. At times our “will” is to do one thing and we may find ourselves doing something quite the opposite. This is spoken of as a battle between the spirit (or mind) and the flesh.

Romans 7:14-15, “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” 

Romans 7:18-20, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

Romans 7:22-23, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” (KJV)

The apostle Paul puts another way in Galatians 5:17, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” (NIV)

Those that receive a spiritual (heavenly) resurrection will still have freedom of choice, but the exercise of their “will” won’t involve a battle with a body that is fallen, imperfect, and weak.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44, “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” (KJV)

Therein we find the great difference. Our “will” to do right must always be present, even now, but now in our imperfect flesh we can’t always do exactly what we “will” to do. In heaven our spiritual bodies won’t resist us, but rather assist us in doing exactly as our “will” chooses.

Yes, we’ll still have “freedom of choice” in all matters but when our choice, our “will” is to live godly, we will always be able to act in complete harmony with our godly will.