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March 9, 2014


The Will Of God

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. (1John 2:12-17)

John explains the danger of loving the world which passes away and then contrasts that with “the will of God.” He writes that doing the will of God enables one to live forever. If the will of God can do that, shouldn’t we all learn everything we can about it? Let us pose, and then let God answer, some questions about His will.

What, exactly, is “the will of God”?

One might call it the mind of God which He has expressed in regard to man. His will, or command, for men of al times and covenants has not always been the same. In fact, God tells us that we are to be diligent workman who learn to accurately handle, or “cut straight,” His word (2Timothy 2:15).

In these last days, “the will of God” is that which was spoken through His Son. “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world” (Hebrews 1:1,2). This continued through the apostles just as Jesus promised. “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:12,13). It is then safe to say that “the will of God” for man today is the gospel of His Son. It is there that God has revealed righteousness (Romans 1:16-17).

What kind of a will is “the will of God”?

It is the last will—the will which supplanted the former covenant. “After saying above, ‘SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them’ (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:8-10). His will is also that which is “good and acceptable and perfect [complete]” (Romans 12:2). His will is unchangeable (Hebrews 6:17). Paul said that anyone who proclaimed a gospel other than God’s was to be accursed (Galatians 1:6-9). Without any doubt, His will is dependable.

What are the specifications of “the will of God”?

Understand that the nature of this will is that it requires knowledge and understanding of the will. “… we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9). Notice that all of the stipulations, or requirements, of His will also contain promises of eternal life, forgiveness, and redemption.

One requirement of His will is that every man should believe in Jesus as the Son of God (John 6:40). Another provision of this will is that every man repent and change his course of action: “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2Peter 3:9). This will requires obedience in order to have freedom from sins (Romans 6:17,18). This will requires a holy and sanctified life of all its adherents (1Thessalonians 4:1-7).

Understanding and following His will also requires the giving of thanks: “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1Thessalonians 5:18). His will requires good works and following it results in them. “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20,21; see also 1Peter 2:15). This will provides God’s blessings as a result. Remember what Paul said about being filled with the knowledge of His will (Colossians 1:9)? Notice what follows: “… so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).

Why should people be concerned about doing the “will of God”?

The will of God makes us to be family. Think of what Jesus said of those who do His will: “For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35). Doing the will of God gives us entrance into the kingdom of heaven. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21). We should be concerned about doing the will of God, for this enables people to receive the promises. “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:36). Our beginning text tells us that we should do the will of God in order to live forever (1John 2:17).

What is your attitude toward “the will of God”? Won’t you respect it enough to believe it and obey it and trust it?

—S. Scott Richardson Sr.

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