On the Will of God – part III

Continuing on from the first two parts, I thought I’d share again; this time it isn’t theological or exegetical, just some musings. (Also have a look at Part I and Part II)

There are two uses of the word “will”. One is a future tense word, for something that will happen or be done. The second is a little more abstract, and is the intention, desire or purpose someone has.

I thought this was a really interesting link. I’m not too sure of the etymology, but the two uses – future enactment and purpose – are pretty similar.

In the ideal world, where one’s yes means yes and no mean no, where people stand firm unequivocally (that is, a world without sin) these two thing are the same. You will enact your will.

The reality of this synonymity is found only in the trinity, and more typically the Father. We pray in the Lord’s prayer “your will be done on earth as in heaven.” For a God who is sovereign and who has planned everything since the world begun, God’s will is done, whatever he says will happen.

This can be hard to deal with; how does that fit with the fall, with sin, with Satan? That’s a bigger question that I’m gonna tackle at the moment. The thing to remember is that this is the God whose will is done, whether that be calling everything into existence, judgement or salvation.

I can think of only one thing that could have messed this up; Jesus. If Jesus had not submit to his death, in accordance with God’s will, then we would be left without a lifeline when God enacted the judgement he show to demonstrate his holiness.

Instead, Jesus submit to the will of the Father, and as a result, “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38, 39 ESV).

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2 comments on “On the Will of God – part III

  1. Anonymous says:

    My other comment didn't seem to pop up, so here we go again… hoping it doesn't become a noob double-comment!!Loving your mulling over the will of God. So many good thoughts – totally agree with you, and found this v. interesting.Today's 60in60 is Piper on the will of God. Haven't listened yet, but i'm keen for it.Also, have you read Spectacular Sins by Piper? It's a really good book on how God wills sin for his own glory.I know I sound like a Piper fanboy, but I'm really not. He's a good bloke and a wise man, though.Will <#

  2. Amacdonald56 says:

    Haha, no double comment, you're fine. JCArr comes across the same way, I get used to the seeming Piper fanboyism. He is a good bloke and a wise man. And I haven't read that book, but have been thinking about that following some piper that I heard to that effect recently.

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