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Knowing God's Will

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Stephen Johns

on 23 March 2014

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Transcript of Knowing God's Will

is about good and evil
Knowing God's Will Part 3:
Is there a knowable individual will?
The individual will of God
Sovereign will of God
Moral will of God
Individual will of God
Good but not 'perfect' choice
Sovereign, Moral, and Individual Wills?
Sovereign
Moral
Individual
unknowable
knowable
knowable
plan for everything
general plan (sin)
specific plan for me
cannot be missed
can be missed
can be missed
is about the ideal
is about good and evil
revealed afterward
revealed in scripture
revealed ?
The Will of God
Sovereign Will
Moral Will
The Individual Will of God Problems
Dealing with minor issues
Dealing with specific texts
Proverbs 3:5-6
“5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
This occurs in a series of couplets of wisdom truth
All of the couplets teach the same general truth: If you follow these wisdom admonitions life will tend to be easier, more fruitful, and longer
'Direct they paths' is better translated as 'smooth the road'
Psalm 32:8
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
This is a companion Psalm to Psalm 51
Psalm 51:13 “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
It is David's prayer that in his restoration he might be able to warn others away from the same sins that he had committed.
Romans 12:2
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
This passage in context is about death to self and abstaining from the world
A great companion text is in Ephesians 5:8-10 "8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”
This about showing forth what is the moral will of God
Colossians 1:9
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;”
This is about sinning and not sinning i.e. the moral will of God
Pertinent Questions
Is there a plan for my life?
Yes. In God's sovereign will He has planned everything.
Can I and am I expected to know that plan?
No. In fact scripture says it cannot be known and warns against attempts to discover it.
Are my decisions important?
Yes, they are. God has within His sovereign will held us responsible for the consequences of our decisions and chooses at times to bless us as a result both here and in eternity.
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