What Is The Will Of God? And How Do We Find It For Us?
CHOOSING THE TOPIC: WHAT IS THE WILL OF GOD?
When the urge comes about writting on a matter specifically, the first leg of the plan is to learn as much about the matter as is possible (for me) from the Bible, from the bible words/phrases searches and at the end from that which has been published in the Net. The top 5 to 7 sources at the top of the 'googled' list are looked over. On many ocassions that published is very good so that to add one more to the list of articles is unwarranted. Not that any of what is written or that which I write is perfect, but is sufficient for a searcher to be edified and motivated to further search and learn. If one does not learn till the end of his days, the stagnation that sets is leads to a mighty dissatisfaction with living, and that is a philosophical stance but we are looking at how complicated this theme of the will of God has been made, how to find it and how to know it. Let us see what is listed at the top of the google list:
- What Is the Will of God and How Do We Know It? | Desiring ...
- The Will of God by R.C. Sproul - Monergism
- What Does the Bible Say About Will Of God? - OpenBible.info
- Will of God - Bible Study Tools
- How Do I Know God's Will? | Ignite Your Faith
In studying and finding the will of God look first at what God wants for us: our salvation and that he provides gratuitusly so that his will must lead foremost at our conversion and our sanctification or separation to God. Salvation is not the topic of this article but its basic components need to be enumerated given that in the Bible salvation is covered under there types of notions: (1) We are saved from the guilt/penalty of our sins by Jesus' substitutionary death in our place, having shed his blood to wash us clean and having taken the punishment due for our sins on his body. (2) We are saved from the power or strangle hold of sin in our life so that we can live a holy life, one consecrated to God, which can only be done in Christ, by Jesus Christ living through us, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit as we walk in the Spirit, being led by this Spirit. (3) We are being saved from the presence of sin in our life, a continuation of the process of consecration to a final sanctification or absence of sin which will be only completed, achieved in heaven after that we have died. In summary we are saved from the guilt/penalty of our sins, from the power of sin in our life and from the presence of sin in our life. Thus the Will of God for our life is geared at achieving that as many as are willing to come to faith in Jesus Christ in soteriological salvation (from our sins) do come, that those that come are kept and made able to live a holy life for God to the end that at death they are complete and blameless and holy.
HOW GOD ACHIEVES HIS PURPOSES FOR US IN US.
It is God's will that we come to believe in his Son, to trust completely that he did to save us as needing no help on our part to completely fulfill. His is the role of Saviour and the only Annointed One to do so. If our hearts are right, not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin when we hear the message of the gospel, which is the power of God (1 Cor 1:18) unto salvation (Rom 1:16 1Cor 15:1,2), and we are willing to receive his forgiveness and redemption and enter into a love relationship with God, it is the work of God to give us that faith we need to trust in his Son Jesus the Lord: Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:29). God gives us this faith freely: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:8,9). This is confirmed in Phil 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. And also in Rom 12:3c ...according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. What God is looking for is a willing heart, and so he says it: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:15,16). Jesus accused his detractors, the rulers of Israel of not receiving him: And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life (5:40) and remain condemned: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:18,19). Jesus even warned the Pharisees that they would die in their sins if they would not come to him, and it is twice recorded in the Scripture (John 8:21,24). But the final proof is recorded in John 6:39, 40 where it is written the will of the Father for the Son and the will of the Father for us, so read carefully: And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. Jesus tells us here of our security (v.39) in him, that he will lose nothing, eternally secure in Christ who is God. And the will of the Father for us (v.40), that we come to believe or trust in his beloved Son as the Saviour, and not depend on anyone else, ourselves or any institution for salvation for Jesus alone is sufficient. See also John 5:24, 7:17, 12:48. Our faith in him is sufficient for the freedom from guilt and penalty of our sins. So then what is left?
The will of the Father for us is our Sanctification. We are told this in 1 Thess 4:3a For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,...... Throughout the Scripture we read many other verses that address the will of God, but notice that all have to do either with one or the other notion of salvation, either our faith for redemption from our sins entering in a relationship with God, or our walk in faith for living the sanctified (consecrated) life, a life of fellowship with God.
And here there is often found a major stumbling block in the life of one just made a Christian by Jesus Christ (John 1:13) by the will of God, who often now attempts to live the Christian life by his own power, in his own strength when what he needs to do is to daily offer himself to God so that the Spirit of Christ now indwelling him lead him moment by moment in the Christian walk in holiness. First let us see John 1:12,13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of[the Will] God. And this is what it means, that when we receive Jesus by asking him to save us he make us become sons of God. And we that at birth are spiritually dead are quickened (Eph 2:1,5) or resurrected spiritually (the first resurrection of Rev. 20:5, which is spiritual) but not by virtue of blood inheritance (coming from a Christian background). Neither by virtue of our desire to be a Christian (by depending on speaking a prayer to get us into the club house), nor by virtue of a desire of another to make us Christians (our parents', 'water baptism' of a priest/deacon or pastor) but by (see the inserted words [the Will]) God which is what the verse leads to. We come to be Christians by the Will of God, period, for it is his alone to do that. And once Jesus Christ makes us Christians baptizing us with the indwelling Holy Spirit as happened to the Church at Pentecost (Acts 1:5, 2:33), with Christ in us (Col 1:27) and in the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13) then can we walk the life of consecration (Rom 6,7,8) braking the power of the sin that lives in us by the strength of Christ living in us by his Holy Spirit. If a person does not have Jesus Christ in them then they are reprobates (not accepted, do not meet the qualifications) and not Christian (2 Cor 13:5). Going to a Church, being water baptized, having the hands of elders or priests placed on you or sacramentalisms, etc. does not make a person Christian, only God can do this by his will.
It is the will of God then that once saved you do those things that are righteous and do them by surrendering (yielding, submitting) to the Holy Spirit to lead you, having your mind transformed by his word (Rom 12:1,2) in the Scriptures. If you are looking for a list or a book that organizes those things that you must do then your thinking is legalistic by rule keeping and in your personal strength. The learning of the will of God is a process, a lifetime one at that, and we will stumble and fall frequently but our Father in heaven has provided all that we need to confess, get up and start the journey again. And Bible studying is not just to be mentioned but to be part of the corner stone of the foundation build on the rock (Jesus Christ) that tranforms the mind that leads to the change of behaviour that makes us do the will of God. Jesus said that the truth will make us free and he is the truth (John 14:6) and has given us the Spirit of truth (John 14:17) so that we can do his will. End
Refurbished, refined, republished 12/11/2014