'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]
11/17/2018 0 Comments
Matthew 7:12 King James Version (KJV)audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
'12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.'. Amen. Amen. As it is written, it is 'God's Will of Commandment'. Amen. Amen.
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. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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, 10, 11, 2018 - today, Post E-5, 6, November 17, 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, 4, November 10, 11, 2018; God's 'Will of Command, Post E-5, 6, November 17, 18, 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 continuing 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'. This is the 'will of God' that we can disobey or otherwise, fail to do.
Continuing today and tomorrow, November 17, 18, 2018, therefore from November 10, 11, 2018:
'In Context' -Which 'Will of God' Is Referred to in Romans 12:2? audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Now, which of these is meant in Romans 12:2, “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.”?
The answer surely is that Paul is referring to God’s 'will of command'. I say this for at least two reasons. One is that God does not intend for us to know most of His 'sovereign will' ahead of time. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
If you want to know the future details of God’s 'will of decree', you don’t want a renewed mind, you want a crystal ball. This is not called transformation and obedience; it’s called divination, soothsaying. [See such as 1 Samue] Chapter 28 for more.]
The other reason I say that the 'will of God' in Romans 12:2 is God’s 'will of command' and not his 'will of decree' is that the phrase “by testing you may discern” implies that we should approve of the 'will of God' and then obediently do it. But in fact we should not approve of sin or do it, even though it is part of God’s 'sovereign will'.
Further, Paul’s meaning in Romans 12:2 is paraphrased almost exactly in Hebrews 5:14, which says, “Solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (See another paraphrase in Philippians 1:9–11.)
Since that is the goal of this verse: not ferreting out the 'secret will of God' that he 'plans to do', but discerning the revealed will of God that we ought to do, we can conclude that Paul is talking about God's 'will of command'. To this, we have 'the power to choose to obey' or, to our detriment, 'to disobey.'
Let's Establish and Learn - Three Stages of Knowing and Doing the Revealed Will of God.
There are three stages of knowing and doing 'the revealed will of God', that is, his 'will of command'. Make no mistake, for all of them require the 'renewed mind' that comes with 'coming by faith to Jesus Christ', being therefore in-dwelled with its Holy-Spirit and given 'spiritual' discernment that we talked about on Post E-4, November 11, 2018. Be not deceived, therefore.
Finishing our post today, let us look at - Stage One
First, and most importantly, God’s 'will of command' is revealed with final, decisive authority - only - in the Holy Bible. And we need the renewed mind to understand and embrace what God commands in the Scripture. [2 Timothy 3:16] Without 'the renewed mind', we will distort the Scriptures to avoid their radical commands for self-denial, and love, and purity, and supreme satisfaction in Christ alone.
God’s 'authoritative will of command' is found only in the Bible. Paul says that the Scriptures are inspired and make the Christian “competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Not just some good works. “Every good work.” Anything, everything - not of God, through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit is 'rubbish'. [Isaiah 64:6-8; Romans 3:19-23] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Oh, what energy and time and devotion Christians should spend meditating on the written word of God. Amen. Amen.
Please. Stay for a while, meditating on the Holy Bible in this post.
Then, on Sunday, November 18, 2018, we will, for sure, continue our discussion, continuing with the 'second' and 'third' 'stages of knowing to do', the 'will of command' of God. For doing so, there is 'blesses' beyond measure. [James 1:20-25]. Amen. Amen.
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