'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]
11/10/2018 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, with what has already been said in our Posts A-E since October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2018; November 3, 4, 2018 - today, Post E-3, November 10, 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?'
2. God’s 'Will of Command' Post E-3, November 10, 2018
Continuing from our Posts November 3 and 4, 2018, wherein we studied God's 'Decreed' or 'Sovereign Will' which will happen, and, cannot be changed; now the other meaning for “the will of God” in the Bible is what we can call his “will of command.” His 'will' is 'what he commands us to do or to refrain from doing'. It is this 'will of God' that we can 'choose' to disobey or, fail to do or not do something.
Remember from Posts E-1 and E-2, previously posted, that the 'will of decree' or 'the sovereign will of God', we do whether we believe in it or not. The 'will of command' we can be unwise and fail to do it in disobedience, unbelief, or otherwise. For example, Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Not all do the will of His Father. And, there are the 'consequences', as He says so. “Not everyone will enter the kingdom of heaven.” Why? Because not all do the 'will of God'. And remember, 'first things first'. Unless or until onc comes to God, by His Grace Offer - 'through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ', the person has no chance of ever entering into Eternity with God. [See the Posts 'Take care of 'first things first' on our Posts 1, 2, 3, October 7, 13, 14, 2018] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:3, “This is 'the will of God', your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.” Here we have a very specific instance of what God 'commands of us': holiness, sanctification, sexual purity. This is His 'will of command'. But, oh, so many do not obey. and suffer not only in this 'world age' the 'consequences, but, in the 'age to come', will not enter into 'the Eternal Kingdom of God', [1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 2 Peter 2:11; Revelation 22:14-15], if there has been no 'repentance' in this 'life', [John 3:15-16; 6:44;14:6; 1 John 1:9] or, at 'the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ', the 'Second Time'. [John 14:1-3]. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” [Romans 6:23, KJV].
Then Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is 'the will of God in Christ Jesus' for you.” There again is a specific aspect of his 'will of command': Give thanks in all circumstances'. But again, many do not do this 'specific command', or, the 'will of God'. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Again, it is 'the will of God' that we are to “Immerse yourself in the written word of God. Saturate your mind with it.” [See such as 2 Timothy 3:15,16.]
One more example: “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does 'the will of God' abides forever” (1 John 2:17). Not all abide forever. Some do. Some don’t. The difference? Some do the 'will of God'. Some don’t. The 'will of God', in this sense, does not always happen. People 'choose' to go - their own way.
So in conclusion from these and many other passages of the Bible, we see that there are two ways of talking about the 'will of God'. Both are true, and both are important to understand and believe in. We can call one God’s 'will of decree' (or His 'sovereign will', or 'Sovereign Providence' or 'Sovereign Plan') and the other we can call God’s 'will of command'. His 'will of decree' always comes to pass whether we believe in it or not. His 'will of command' can be, and often is, obeyed or broken, every day.
Of course, the consequences are also to be faced, when His 'will of command' is broken in any instance. The 'law-breaker' suffers, and hinders the blessing[s] which would be his or her's, for 'obedience', even eternal 'damnation' if there is no 'repentance'. [1 John 1:9]
Father, make these words 'real' to each of us, and give us your power to do 'your will'. [James 1:20-25] Amen. Amen.
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