'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
11/3/2018 0 Comments
Welcome My Friends.
We have begun a new 'Fall into Winter' 2018 Series of posts during our Saturday and Sunday times together for the purpose of answering three  very specific and forthright questions, to wit:
Does God Have a Plan for My Life? [Post 1, 2, October 7, 13, 2018]
What is God's Plan for My Life? [Post 4 October 20, 2018, ongoing.]
Must I Accept God's Plan for My Life, or, May I Refuse God's Plan and 'go my own way'? [Post 3, October 14, 2018] Please, keep these three areas in mind, as we go forth in all the posts.
Today, more than ever, the above three questions must be personally asked, and the answer must be ascertained. This is true, for as it is written in Romans 13:12-14, to wit:
'12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.' [KJV}
Now that we have taken care of 'first things first' on our Posts 1, 2, 3, October 7, 13, 14, 2018; for those who have come to 'the faith', more on the second and more 'specific will of God', for His Children. Let us continue to explore and understand -
SPECIFICS OF 'THE WILL OF GOD'. THERE ARE TWO - 'DECREED' AND 'COMMANDMENT'.
Now, in addition to what has already been said in our Posts A-D since October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2018 - today, Post E-1, November 3, 2018, let us use Romans 12:1-2, as a foundation to determine:
'What is the 'Specific' Will of God and How Do We Know it?' Romans 12:1-2 provides:
'I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.' [KJV]
Now we can focus on the last part of verse 2, namely, the aim of the renewed mind: 'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, [now here comes the aim] that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.' So our focus over the next few times we meet, including, today is on the meaning of the term “will of God,” and how we discern it.
The Two Wills of God. P0st E-1, November 3, 2018
There are two clear and very different meanings for the term “will of God” in the Bible. We need to know them and decide which one is being used here in Romans 12:2. In fact, knowing the difference between these two meanings of “the will of God” is crucial to understanding one of the biggest and most perplexing things in all the Bible, namely, that God is sovereign over all things and yet disapproves of many things. Which means that God disapproves of some of what he ordains to happen. That is, he forbids some of the things he brings about. And he commands some of the things he hinders. Or to put it most paradoxically: God wills some events in one sense that he does not will in another sense. Let us slow down to study ever so carefully, the following.
1. God’s 'Will of Decree', or 'Sovereign Will'.
Let’s see the passages of Scripture that make us think this way. First consider passages that describe “the will of God” as His sovereign control of all that comes to pass. One of the clearest is the way Jesus spoke of the 'will of God' in Gethsemane when he was praying. He said, in Matthew 26:39, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
What does 'the will of God' refer to in this verse? Now, please slow down and get this most important fact of reality. It refers to the 'sovereign plan' of God that will happen in the coming hours. And what was that?! You recall how Acts 4:27–28 says this: “Truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.”
So the 'sovereign plan of God', or, “will of God” was that Jesus die. This was 'His plan', His decree. There was no changing it, and Jesus bowed and said, “Here’s my request, but you do what is best to do.”
That’s the 'sovereign will of God'. And, that is how you and I are to 'respond' when 'His Sovereign Will' is made known and applicable at anytime, to anything, in any place, under any and all circumstances, in our lives.
And don’t miss the very crucial point here that it includes the sins of man. Herod, Pilate, the soldiers, the Jewish leaders — they all sinned in fulfilling 'God’s 'decreed' 'will' that his Son be crucified (Isaiah 53:10). So be very clear on this: God 'wills' to come to pass some things that He hates. Remember Romans 8:28 now?
Romans 8:28 provides: 'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.' Nothing has so fulfilled this 'Word', like the 'Crucifixion' of the One and Only Son, through which 'mankind' can be 'redeemed'! Hallelujah! Amen. Amen.
Take your time, prayerfully with this and any of the posts. Are there 'lights of awareness'; perhaps some 'understanding of something' in the present, or, from the past happening now. [Ephesians 1:18] Be not uncertain. This is how the Holy Spirit brings 'application' to you, as you are studying in the Word. It is awesome, as this is known as 'God speaking'. Be blessed.
We shall continue on our next posts, but for today, let us 'pause' and reflect to understand these truths with our 'Mutual Teacher', the Holy Spirit. [John 14:26; 1 John 2:27] Amen. Amen.
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