The will of God is not arbitrary. Men by nature, ignorantly do things according to the will of God. Man’s desire to worship is the will of God, but the object and method of worship may not be the will of God. The desire to marry, is the will of God. However, the mating of the same gender is an abomination to God, and does not represent the will of God.
By Dr. T. B. Neil
The study of the will of God was meant to be thought-provoking. The goal is to gain an understanding of the difference between the theocentric will and the egocentric will of man. This study also deals with the paradox that no man knows the mind of God, nor was His counsellor and yet finding the believer to possess the mind of Christ. Let’s investigate the following:
- The theocentric will of God (Ephesians 1:9, 11; He 2:4; 1 Co 2:10, 14, 16)
- God’s will as the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:14, 16; Romans 8:27)
- The will of God restricted to divine purpose (1 Corinthians 2:7, 13; 2 Corinthians 13:1; Ephesians 3:3, 4, 5, 11)
- The sub-will containing elements of predestination (Romans 8:28-30; 1 Corinthians 7:20, 24)
- The will of God concealed (1 Corinthians 2:10, 16; Romans 11:33-34; Ephesians 1:9)
The divine will must not be confused with the will of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15), the will of the flesh (John 1:14), or the will of man (John 1:13). The will of God is separate, distinct, and unique (John 1:13). Let us study. Read first and if you agree, then thanks, if you disagree, then pray for me.
The will of God according to divine purpose always uses the matching principle:
- In marriage, it unites couples by matching personality types that will support divine purpose in the unity of His will.
- In career planning, it guides into the stream that facilitates the divine purpose.
- In ministering, it matches the man with the mission according to divine purpose.
- In administration, it organizes sub-elements into a synergistic whole that edifys the body according to divine purpose.
- In gifts, it distributes to meet the needs in the body according to divine purpose.
- In talents, it mobilizes skills to provide auxiliary help to the body according to divine purpose.
- In wealth, it supplies the resources necessary to keep the body a going concern according to divine purpose.
- In commissioning, it strategically elects and deploys agents into meaningful functions that are commensurate with the scope.
- In planning, it gives meaning to the directives that promote divine purpose.
- In organizing, it ties together the fragmented sub-elements into one useful energetic whole that advances the divine purpose.
- In leadership, it elects men that have the mind of God, whose function is to further the cause of divine purpose.
- In laboring, it produces tangible fruits that precipitate from meaningful involvement according to the divine purpose.