Discerning God's Will

    

CHAPTER 2

God's Will in the Bible

"He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." " If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." (John 14:21, 23)

The will of God is clearly laid out in many places in the Bible - for instance, " Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (I Thes. 5:16-18); "For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality" (I Thes. 4:3). In addition, God's will is for us to do good deeds.

The Bible is filled with numerous instructions and commandments from God, such as "do not love the world" and "love one another." Therefore, a Christian who truly wants to do the will of God will carefully seek them out as he studies the Bible and, by the grace of God, live accordingly.

In fact, it can be said that the whole Bible is an expression of God's will and heart from various aspects. For instance:

1. Abraham's offering of Isaac (Gen. 22:16-18) indicates that God's children should honor and obey Him - this is actually a way of great blessings.

2. The good act of Mary - her pouring of a pound of very costly oil of spikenard to anoint Jesus' feet and then wiping His feet with her hair (John.: 12:1-8; Matt. 26:6-13) - is to be told whenever the gospel is preached. This indicates that God is pleased when we love Him wholeheartedly.

3. Through the many trials and afflictions that Paul had suffered, God molded him into His instrument (II Cor. 11:23-33; Isa. 64:8; Ps.66:12). On the other hand, God uses the failures of many people as warnings for the end-times.

In addition, by the many precious revelations God gives us, we come to know His loving kindness, compassion, holiness, righteousness, sovereignty and wisdom, etc. Consequently, we are gradually transformed into the image of Jesus Christ until we enter into His glory (Heb. 2:10).

My main point is that God leads His children, through concrete illustrations, to know His own will.