*The Will of God
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The will of God is supreme for all believers and unbelievers and the universe. Every one be it angel, demon or human is subject to the will of God. God rules the universe by His will. This article was written for the reason many true believers are confused about the will of God, false prophets and false teachers take advantage of the situation to mislead many. It is of utmost importance to know there are two types of God’s will, the general and the special. The general will of God as it is written in the Bible is for every Christian to follow and do. The special will of God is not written, but for the specific individual to find out at a given time and place. Although the Bible does not say exactly there are two types of God’s will, the Scriptures quoted will explain and support the basic framework. Just as the Bible does not say exactly about the Trinity, but the Scriptures do teach the doctrine of Trinity. What is implied may be as important as what is explicit. The will of God reflects His divine nature. Psa 5:4,“For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You.” God does not take pleasure in wickedness. No evil dwells with God.
The will of God is the will of heaven. The will of heaven is what the Chinese call 天意. The Chinese people customarily call the will of heaven (天意) based on personal opinion, or guesswork, or fatalism. Christians call the will of God based on the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Isa 46:10,“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying: My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” No one is like God because God knows the end from the beginning; He is able to establish His purpose and will accomplish His good pleasure. Nothing stands in the way of God.
Act 16:16-40,“It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying: These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation. She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit: I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her! And it came out at that very moment. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities, and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said: These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews, and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans. The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying: Do not harm yourself, for we are all here! And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said: Sirs, what must I do to be saved? They said: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. And they spoke the Word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying: Release those men. And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying: The chief magistrates have sent to release you. Therefore come out now and go in peace. But Paul said to them: They have beaten us in public without trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out. The policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates. They were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city. They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.”
Note: Have you ever thought why Paul and Silas who were beaten with rods, their feet fastened in the stocks and put into high security section of the jail, with wounds and pain, about midnight they were praying and singing hymns of praise to God? Could any ordinary person sing songs in such adverse situation? Paul and Silas sang hymns because they were happy. Would you and could you be happy if you were beaten up with rods and your feet fastened in stocks? Do you know the terror of Roman rods which would inflict severe wounds? I have read these Scriptures many times, only recently the Holy Spirit enlightened and revealed to me the secret of Paul’s happiness. On the road to Damascus, the Lord Jesus appeared to Paul and told Ananias about Paul, Act 9:15-16,“But the Lord said to him (Ananias): Go, for he (Paul) is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Paul sang hymns and rejoiced because he was doing the will of God. Christians are not on earth to make money, gain power and enjoy pleasure. My brothers and sisters in Christ, I do not know what God wants you to do. God has a special work for His every child to do. If you listen to the Lord and walk with Him, He will reveal to you. Blessed is the one who knows what the Lord wants him to do (a lifework) and do it. Doing the will of God is the secret of true happiness no matter under what circumstance.
1. The Supremacy of the will of God.
Jhn 4:34,“Jesus said to them: My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.”
Note: We all know how important food is. To the Chinese, food is like heaven (God). In the West, what are people working for? Is it not to have a good living or good life? To do the will of God and to accomplish His work is our food.
Gal 1:4,“Who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil world, according to the will of our God and Father,”
Mar 3:35,“For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
Note: Will in Greek is thelēma, which means what one wishes or has determined shall be done, choice, inclination, desire, pleasure; - it occurs about 64 times in the New Testament. Thus the will of God means what God wishes to be done by us. Jesus Christ elevates anyone who does the will of God as His brother, sister and mother.
Rom 8:27,“And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Note: The Holy Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Intercede in Greek is entygchanō, which means to pray, entreat, make intercession for; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. The mind of the Spirit knows what the will of God is. The Holy Spirit prays for the saints according to the will of God. Any prayer which is against the will of God is flawed and futile.
Rom 12:2,“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Note: Conform in Greek is syschēmatizō, which means to conform one's self (i.e. one's mind and character) to another's pattern, fashion one's self according to; - it occurs only 2 times in the New Testament. If you fashion yourself according to this world, you will not know what the will of God is. Renewing in Greek is anakainōsis, which means a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better; - it occurs only 2 times in the New Testament. The mind of unbeliever changes for the worst with the passage of time. The mind of the believer can be renewed by the Holy Spirit and change for the better. The Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to renew the mind of believers. Prove in Greek is dokimazō, which means to test, examine, scrutinize to see whether a thing is genuine or not, recognize as genuine after examination, deem worthy; - it occurs about 23 times in the New Testament. With a renewed mind, conformed to the Lord, a believer can prove what the will of God is. The will of God is characterized by what is good and acceptable and perfect. It is not acceptable to fake a cause in order to do something good. Wrong means can never be used to further a right cause. Christians cannot do wrong in order to do good. This is the fundamental principle of doing right. You cannot use a fraudulent means to do right. Lie is the enemy of truth.
2Cr 7:10,“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
It is possible that sorrow is according to the will of God, and the sorrow can
produce repentance without regret, leading to salvation. The sorrow of the
world is different, it produces death.
2. The Right Attitude with respect to the Will of God.
Psa 40:8,“I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”
Note: Delight in Hebrew is chaphets, which means to delight in, take pleasure in, desire, be pleased with, incline, be favorable to; - it occurs about 75 times in the Old Testament. If you do the will of God grudgingly, you have the wrong attitude. Not only you have to do the will of God willingly, but cheerfully.
Psa 143:10,“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
Note: Teach in Hebrew is lamad, which means to train, discipline; - it occurs about 86 times in the Old Testament. It goes without saying, how much a believer needs to be taught, trained and disciplined to do the will of God. This is what the Holy Spirit is working in us. Jesus says, Jhn 16:13, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Guide in Greek is hodēgeō, which means to be a guide, lead on one's way; to give guidance to; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. The more humble you are, the better the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. A self-conceited and arrogant person is not likely to learn the spiritual truth, for spiritual truth cannot be learned by carnal mind.
Hbr 10:7, “THEN I SAID: BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.”
Note: This is what Christians can do in following the steps of Christ. I have come to do God’s will.
3. The Two Types of the Will of God.
In knowing the will of God, it is important to know to whom the will of God is spoken, what is the nature of the will, whether it applies to a specific group of people or individual, or whether it applies to all human beings, all believers, or all servants of Christ.
are two types of the will of God, namely the general will of God and the
special will of God. The Bible does not seem to teach any special will of God
for unbelievers. Unbelievers or evildoers do not deserve God’s special concern.
Although the terms are not used exactly in the Bible, but it is based on
Examples of the general will of God for all human beings:
A. God is not wishing for any to perish.
2Pe 3:9,“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.”
Lord Jesus Christ promised to come again, it is not because He is slow about
His promise that He has not returned. God is patient toward you, not wishing
for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. God wants you to repent of
your sins and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. This is the
general will of God for every human being of all times and generations, now
until the Kingdom comes. If you do not repent, you will perish. It is not God’s
will that any to perish, if you perish it is because of your own fault.
B. The righteousness of God is for all who believe.
Rom 3:22,“Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;”
No one can obtain the righteousness of God through observing the law because no
one is able to keep all the law all the time. What cannot be obtained by the
law, Jesus Christ fulfilled the law by dying for sinners on the cross so that
the righteousness of God is given freely through faith in Jesus Christ for all
who believe. If you receive the righteousness of God, you are counted not guilty
and there is no condemnation to those who have been saved by grace through
faith in Christ.
C. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
Jhn 3:16,“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
It is an amazing grace that God loved the world, the unworthy sinners. The love
of God covers all races and all peoples in the world. Whoever believes in
Christ includes everybody, excludes nobody. The salvation of God is available
to all who want to come to Jesus and be saved.
D. No one can escape the judgment of God.
Rom 2:3,“But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?”
Note: Escape in Greek is ekpheugō, which means to flee out of, flee away, get away; - it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament. It is clear, no sinner or evildoer will escape the judgment of God.
Mat 23:33,“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?”
Note: Guess who says the statement cited above. Don’t you think God is love and therefore there is no hell. Many Wall Street executives, corrupt officials, predatory doctors and dentists, hospital owners and lawyers, etc. are serpents and brood of vipers. They may enjoy the filthy lucre now, but they will not escape the sentence of hell.
Pro 19:5,“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape.”
Note: Crooks and criminals, corrupt officials and executives, etc. lie and lie and lie and escape the human kangaroo court, but they will not escape the court of heaven.
Hbr 2:3,“How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard.”
What so great a salvation? That is the salvation provided by Jesus Christ who
died for sinners on the cross, the Righteous for the unrighteous. What humans
are unable to obtain the righteousness of God by keeping the law at all times,
Jesus fulfilled the law and obtained the righteousness of God as a gift to
whoever repents and believes in Him. The great salvation is offered by God as a
gift to all who come to Christ by grace through faith. If you neglect or reject
this Gospel, there is no way you can escape the judgment of God.
Examples of the special will of God:
A. Virgin Mary shall bear a Son.
Mat 1:21,“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Angel explained to Mary how a virgin will bear a Son, because she would
conceive by the Holy Spirit. This was one and only will of God for Mary. This special will of God was fulfilled in Mary. It did
not happen before, and it will not happen again. Thus the special will of God
for a child of God is unique.
B. Elizabeth will bear a son.
Luk 1:13,“But the angel said to him: Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.”
old age gave birth to a son. This special will of God was fulfilled. John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus
C. Simeon would not see death before he had seen Christ.
Luk 2:25-26,“And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.”
Reveal in Greek is chromatist, which means to be divinely instructed, make known to; - it
occurs only 9 times in the New Testament.
Something was remarkable because the Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that
he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. It was one and
only incident in history. Mary, Elizabeth and Simeon were special people of
God, and God has special will for each of them.
D. Paul was chosen to know God’s will.
Act 22:14,“Then he said: The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth.”
Gal 1:12,“I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”
Eph 3:3,“That is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.”
Note: Paul was chosen to know the mystery of Christ by revelation, unlike any other, who wrote most of the Epistles in the New Testament, from Romans to Hebrews.
Hbr 10:7,“Then I said: Behold, I have come--In the volume of the book it is written of Me--To do Your will, O God.”
Gal 1:4,“Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of our God and Father,”
The two Scriptures cited above reveal succinctly the will of God to Paul: Jesus
Christ came into the world to do the will of God. Jesus Christ came into the
world to die for sinners according to the will of God.
4. The General Will of God.
general will of God can be broken down for all human beings, for all believers,
and for servants of God.
A. The General Will of God for all human beings.
Rom 3:9，“What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.”
Note: All in Greek is pas, which means each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything; - it occurs about 1243 times in the New Testament. All are under sin means everybody is under sin, no one is excepted, every human being, the whole human race whether Jew or non-Jew.
Rom 3:12,“They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.”
Note: Turn aside in Greek is ekklinō, which means to deviate from the right way, go the wrong way; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament.
Rom 10:16,“But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says: LORD, who has believed our report?”
Note: Obey in Greek is hypakouō, which means to listen, be obedient to, submit to; - it occurs about 21 times in the New Testament. People of the world have not all obeyed the Gospel.
Rom 11:32, “For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.”
Note: Consign in Greek is sygkleiō, which means to shut up together, enclose; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. God has included all men to disobedience means that God considers everyone has disobeyed Him. All men mean all people, men, women, and children.
Jud 1:15,“To execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Note: Convict in Greek is elegchō, which means to bring to the light, show one his fault, convince one of his sins; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. Ungodly in Greek is asebēs, which means destitute of reverential awe towards God, condemning God, impious; - it occurs only 9 times in the New Testament. All sinners are ungodly people. All ungodly people have committed ungodly deeds in an ungodly way. All ungodly sinners have spoken against God. All humans have done ungodly deeds in an ungodly way and ungodly sinners have spoken the harsh things against God.
Gal 3:10,“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written: Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
Note: All are cursed under the law because no one is able to continuously keep all things written in the law all the time.
Luk 2:10,“But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;”
Note: The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for all the peoples of the world, no exclusion of any race or group of people. It is up to you believe it or not, this is known as free will. However, the consequences of rejecting Jesus Christ are not what you can decide. The salvation accomplished by Jesus Christ is made available for all, but how can you escape if you neglect so great a salvation?
Act 3:22,“For Moses truly said to the fathers: The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.”
Note: The Prophet mentioned is Jesus Christ, all human beings, Jews or Gentiles, must listen and obey Him. When Jesus Christ came into the world He revealed God. When Jesus spoke, God spoke.
Zec 8:17, “Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate, says the LORD.”
Note: God hates our evil thoughts against others and false oaths.
Eze 18:32,“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord GOD. Therefore, repent and live.”
Note: This is the message of God to the peoples of the world: Repent and live.
Eze 33:11,“Say to them: As I live! declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?”
Note: Turn from your wicked way and live.
Luk 18:22,“So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him: You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Note: It is difficult for the rich to follow Jesus.
At the National Prayer Breakfast recently, Obama testified “as a Christian” coincides with Jesus’teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.”
Luk 12:45-48,“But if that slave says in his heart: My master will be a long time in coming, and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”
Jesus was speaking about the faithful servant and the evil servant.
Although Obama misapplied the Scriptures, it is in accordance with Christian principle of justice that the rich should and must pay taxes in higher proportion. Since America is not a Christian nation, even based on a secular principle of justice, the rich must pay more taxes. It is not fair for the rich to pay a tax rate lower than the middle class. If is very un-Christian for Obama to support same-sex marriage and sent a letter of congratulation to a gay couple. It is very un-Christian for officials to lie in public or in private. It is un-Christian to attack any nation under the pretext of freedom, democracy, justice, etc. It is un-Christian to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other nation such as the US-Taiwan Relations Act. It is the will of God that nations should seek peace and harmony and not war and aggression. God will not tolerate warmongers, evil empires, and aggressors.
B. The General Will of God for all believers.
1Th 4:3,“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;”
Note: Sanctification is done by the Holy Spirit, there are three stages: positional and conditional and final. Positionally speaking the sanctification of every believer is completed once and for all by the precious blood of Jesus Christ when you are born again as the Holy Sprit enters into your heart. Conditionally you need to be cleansed daily by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit as long as you live in this world. Finally the sanctification is consummated when we meet the Lord in the space. This is the general will of God, that is your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality. Some minority churches allow their preachers or pastors to have extramarital or homosexual affairs are not doing the will of God.
1Pe 4:2,“So as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”
Note: Live in Greek is bios, which means to spend life; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. To spend life is to live. It is always the general will of God that believers live the rest of the time in the flesh not for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. What are the lusts of men? The lusts of men are the lusts of the flesh. Lusts are various, of many kinds; such as youthful lusts, worldly lusts, ungodly lusts, foolish and harmful lusts, deceitful lusts. The flesh lusts against the Spirit.
Gal 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Note: This is an example of Biblical theology, letting the Bible to interpret the Bible. There is no question about the definition of the works of the flesh or the lusts of the flesh. What is most surprising is that most people may not know they include also idolatry (greed), hatred, contentions, envy, drunkenness, revelries, etc.
Hbr 12:14,“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”
Note: Even you think you are a famous preacher having been invited to the White House, it is the general will of God for you to pursue peace with all men, and do not expect special treatment. Without sanctification no one will see the Lord.
2Cr 2:9,“For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.”
Note: Obedience to the will of God in all things applies to all believers, without any exception.
Eph 4:15,“But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ—“
Note: Every believer is required to speak the truth in love, and grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ. You cannot deliberately lie for profit or expediency.
Phl 4:12,“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
Note: Paul had learned how to live. Most people do not know how to live. Christians, learn how to live like Paul and you will not be a failure. People who spend what they do not have and incur big debt do not know how to live. People who love luxuries do not know how to live. People who engage in sexual promiscuity or extra-marital affairs do not know how to live. People who have hot temper and commit suicide do not know how to live.
Col 1:18, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
Note: Jesus Christ is the Head of the church; He must have the preeminence in everything, not your pastor or leader. Believers submit to Christ in everything. A preacher who increases himself decreases Christ.
Col 3:20,“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.”
Note: Obedience is the first important lesson for children. Parents who have not taught children obedience have failed. Once on a train I observed a 5-year girl slapped her mother in the face. What a useless parent, not a loving parent. When you are an adult, you are responsible for your own decision. Many Chinese parents believe they own their children; they have the right to tell their children who to marry, etc. The practice is not biblical. If your parents want you to reject the Christian faith, you must not follow their advice.
Col 3:22,“Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.”
Tts 2:9,“Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back,”
Tts 2:10,“Not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”
Note: Nowadays except a few nations, slavery is abolished. Even if you are a slave, you are to obey your master for Christ’s sake. Although the Scriptures cited apply to slaves and servants, the principle to all employees and workers also. Union members who demand higher and higher pay with lower and lower productivity is not adorning the doctrine of God our Savior. I used to work for a very large and good company; the demands of unions were among the reasons of its demise. While it is wrong for employers to exploit their employees, it is equally wrong for union members to expect higher benefits for nothing. The conflict between labor and management in a capitalistic society will never be solved due to greed on both sides.
1Ti 3:11,“Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.”
Note: For those who are in the ministry, the behavior of their wives is important. In the West you usually hear about the adultery committed by preachers, rarely by their wives.
Hbr 13:18,“Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.”
Note: The Christian way of life is to live honorably. To live honorably you need a good conscience. You see people in business and government who do not have conscience and they live dishonorably.
1Cr 9:25,“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”
Note: Perishable in Greek is phthartos, which means corruptible, perishing; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. Perishable are all earthly things, including money, power and sex. Imperishable in Greek is
aphthartos, which means uncorrupted, not liable to corruption or decay, immortal; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament. Imperishable are all divine and spiritual things, including faith, hope and love.
Jhn 14:26,“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
Note: The more humble and holy believers are, and the more diligently they search the Scriptures, the more the Holy Spirit will teach them all things.
Act 24:14,“But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.”
Note: The Way is the Way of God, not a sect. Christians believe in the Word of God, all things written in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Rom 8:37,“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Note: Through the love of Christ we can be more than conquerors.
Rom 12:17,“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.”
Note: Christians do not practice revenge. Repay no one evil for evil.
1Cr 14:40,“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
Note: The Bible condemns riots. I have lived through two riots in Los Angeles, and I saw brutalities with my own eyes live on TV. All things must be done decently and in order.
2Cr 5:10,“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
Note: Even believers must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, to be judged according to what we have done, whether good or bad.
2Cr 5:17,“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Note: A new creation is a born again person in Christ. A Christian has new life, new perspective, new value, and new goal.
Gal 6:6,“Let him who is taught the Word share in all good things with him who teaches.”
Eph 1:11,“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,”
Note: Believers are predestined according to the purpose of God who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
Eph 5:20,“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Note: It is the will of God for believers to give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Ti 6:17,“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”
Note: Believers who are rich in this present world are not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God.
1Jo 2:27,“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
Note: The anointing is used of the gift of the Holy Spirit as the efficient aid in getting knowledge of the truth in Christ. Unbelievers including unbelieving scientists and scholars do not have such anointing; therefore they are ignorant of the eternal truth.
Phl 2:13,“For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
Note: God is at work in believers through the Holy Spirit, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
1Pe 2:15,“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—”
It is no use to argue with unbelievers, it is a waste of time to debate with
those hydrocephalic obscurantists.
C. The General Will of God for all servants of Christ.
Phl 4:12,“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
Note: Know in Greek is eidō, which means to know, i.e. get knowledge of, understand, perceive, to know how, to be skilled in; - it occurs about 666 times in the New Testament. A servant of Christ must know how to be abased, and know how to abound. To be abased in Greek is tapeinoō, which means to bring into a humble condition, reduce to meaner circumstances, to humble or abase oneself by humble living; - it occurs about 14 times in the New Testament. Abound in Greek is perisseuō, which means to exist or be at hand in abundance, to be in affluence; - it occurs about 39 times in the New Testament. A servant of Christ who wants to be rich is unworthy, not by the will of God. Prosperity oftentimes is spiritually more dangerous than adversity to servants of Christ. To suffer need is part of the sufferings for Christ. Paul sets a good example for all servants of Christ and Christians alike. You have learned how to live if you have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
2Cr 6:4，“But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,”
Note: Commend in Greek is synistēmi, which means to show, prove, establish, exhibit, present; - it occurs about 16 times in the Old Testament. Minister in Greek is diakonos, which means one who executes the commands of a master; a servant, attendant, minister; - it occurs about 31 times in the New Testament. How hard it is for true ministers of God to present themselves in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses. Those who aspire to be rich by preaching the Gospel are completely mistaken.
you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an
evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
Note: To watch in Greek is nēphō, which means to be sober, to be calm and collected in spirit, to be temperate, dispassionate, circumspect; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. To fulfill your ministry, you need to be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, and do the work of an evangelist. This is why most churches today are dead; the minister described above is very rare. Occupational and professional preachers do not exhibit those qualities. Endure afflictions in Greek is kakopatheō, which means to suffer or endure evils (hardships, troubles); - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. The work of an evangelist is not what is portrayed in America as glamorous and glitzy. The minister has to be watchful in all things, endure afflictions and do the work of an evangelist.
Tts 2:7,“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, respectability, incorruptibility,”
Note: Pattern in Greek is typos, which means the mark of, an example to be imitated; - it occurs about 16 times in the New Testament. Integrity in Greek is adiaphthoria, which means incorruptibility, soundness, uncorruptedness; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Respectability in Greek is semnotēs, which means the characteristic of a thing or person which entitles to reverence and respect, dignity, majesty, sanctity, probity; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Incorruptibility in Greek is aphtharsia, which means sincerity, incorruption, perpetuity, purity; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. It is a serious matter to be a minister of Christ; he must show himself an example of good works, in teaching showing integrity, respectability and incorruptibility. You cannot use a wrong means to achieve a right end. The end does not justify the means. I recall some years ago Oral Roberts made claims on TV that Jesus Christ appeared to him and demanded every believer to send him each $2000 or $3000 (I cannot be sure of the amount) or he would die. That was a most outrageous religious lie.
Hbr 13:18,“Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.”
Note: Live in Greek is anastrephō, which means to conduct one's self, behave one's self, to have the manner of life and moral character; - it occurs about 11 times in the New Testament. A minister must have a good conscience, and in all things conduct himself honorably. To live honorably is to live honestly, uprightly.
1Pe 4:11,“If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Oracles in Greek is logion, which means the words or utterances of God, the sayings or
discourses of Christ; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. To
minister in Greek is diakoneō, which means to serve, to be a servant, take care of; - it
occurs about 37 times in the New Testament. To preach the oracles of God is to
preach the words of God. Preachers must have the ability (gift) which God supplies. You go to visit many churches East or West, you will find many occupational ministers and pastors who do not have the ability to preach, they have the ability to put people to sleep. Some false preachers have ability to deceive and fool those who do not have knowledge of the faith.
Ability in Greek is ischys, which means force, strength, might, to the extent of one’s ability; - it occurs only 11 times in the New Testament. It is impossible that you are called to minister without the ability which God supplies. A minister who does not know how to minister or preach the Word of God is a useless minister. This Scripture provides the motive of ministry: in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. A ministry that does not glorify God is a ministry of Satan.
2Cr 7:14, “For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true.”
Note: A servant of Christ must speak all things in truth. If a minister lies, he is not a servant of Christ. You cannot use fraudulent means to speak the truth. You cannot use wrong means to do right. Lies do not fit a ministry. I recall one preacher of a megachurch took a picture at a studio with the background or façade of the Great Wall of China, the preacher pretended he was preaching in China and asked TV audience for donations.
2Cr 12:19, “Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification.”
Note: Edification in Greek is oikodomē, which means building up, the act of one who promotes another's growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness; - it occurs about 18 times in the New Testament. Preachers speak before God in Christ, it is most solemn and sacred. Preachers should never speak for their own benefits, benefits of a racial group, etc.
2Ti 2:10,“Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”
Note: Endure in Greek is hypomenō, which means to persevere under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one's faith in Christ, to endure, take patiently, bear bravely and calmly; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. Elect in Greek is eklektos, which means Christians who are chosen or elect of God; - it occurs about 23 times in the New Testament.
This Scripture provides the motive of ministry that God’s chosen people may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Not only the blessing is eternal, the glory is also eternal.
1Pe 2:15,“For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.”
Note: It is the general will of God for all believers that we must do right. Doing wrong is never the will of God for any believer anytime and anywhere.
1Ki 22:14,“And Micaiah said: As the LORD lives, whatever the LORD says to me, that I will speak.”
This Scripture can be interpreted in the New Testament applicable to the
servants of Christ: Whatever the Word of God says, that I will speak. I will
speak whatever the Bible teaches and stresses.
5. The Special Wills of God for His saints or servants.
Hbr 11:4,“By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.”
Note: Abel means vanity (that is: transitory). Abel did not live in vain because he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, though he is dead, he still speaks.
11:5,“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that
before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
Note: Enoch means dedicated. Gen 5:22, “Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.” Gen 5:24,“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Enoch walked with God means he lived in truth, in uprightness, leading a life pleasing to God. Wonderful thing was that God took Enoch home.
Hbr 11:7,“By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
Note: Noah means rest. Noah obeyed the will of God in preparing an ark for the salvation of his household. Eight souls were saved but God destroyed the old world with water.
Hbr 11:8-10,“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
Note: Abraham means the father of a multitude, the founder of the Jewish nation; - it occurs about 73 times in the New Testament. Live as an alien in Greek is parodies, which means to be or dwell in a place as a stranger, to sojourn; - it occurs only 2 times in the New Testament.
Gal 3:9, “So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.”
Gal 3:29, “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.” Gal 3:8,“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying：ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.”
Note: God first preached the Gospel to Abraham.
Hbr 11:11,“By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.”
Note: Sarah means princess, occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. Sarah received ability to conceive, even beyond her proper time of life.
Hbr 11:22,“By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.”
Note: Joseph means let him add, the eleventh son of Jacob; - it occurs about 35 times in the New Testament. Joseph lived a providential life.
Hbr 11:24-26,“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.”
Note: Moses means drawing out, wrote the Penteteuch (the five books of Moses); - it occurs 80 times in the New Testament. Moses chose rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. Moses’ values are different from the values of the West and worldly people.
Act 13:36, “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;”
Note: David by the will of God served his own generation, that was a lot in the history of the Jews.
Gal 1:1,“Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),”
2Ti 4:7，“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;”
Rom 1:10,“Making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.”
Note: Paul in Greek is Paulos, which means small or little; the greatest Apostle who wrote 14 books of the New Testament, occurs about 164 times in the New Testament. Paul was the only one who could say: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. He by some means found a way in the will of God.
Phl 4:11,“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:”
Note: Greed can be most destructive to any person, especially to a servant of Christ.
persons cited above were remarkable in the sense they obeyed the special wills
of God for their lives.
6. How to Find out the Special
Will of God.
A. Search the Scriptures.
Act 17:11,“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
Note: Search in Greek is anakrinō, which means to investigate, examine, enquire into, scrutinize, sift, discern; - it occurs 16 times in the New Testament. Every issue or matter that we should know can be settled by searching what the Scripture says. The Bible is the supreme authority on Christian faith and conduct. What the Bible says clearly we must accept as the truth. What the Bible does not say we should not speculate. In fact, everything we should know about our God and Savior, the way of salvation and sanctification, is spelled out in the Bible. By inductive and deductive reasoning, we may conclude what is not forbidden by the Bible may be o.k. to do, but it is not necessarily God wants you to do.
1Cr 6:12,“Everything is permissible for me--but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me--but I will not be mastered by anything.”
Note: Permissible in Greek is exesti which means lawful, allowable; - it occurs about 32 times in the New Testament. To be beneficial in Greek is sympherō which means to helpful, be profitable, be expedient; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. You are a slave to the thing you are mastered by.
1Cr 10:23,“Everything is permissible--but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible--but not everything is constructive.”
Note: To be constructive in Greek is oikodomeō, which means to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness, blessedness; - it occurs about 39 times in the New Testament. This is the manifesto of Christian liberty in two verses, the model conduct for every servant of Christ.
Rom 15:4,“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Learning in Greek is didaskalia which means instruction,
teaching; - it occurs about 21 times in the New Testament. Whatever things were
written in the Bible were written for our learning. We have many things to
learn from the Bible.
B. By Prayer.
Eph 1:18,“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”
Note: Enlighten in Greek is photos, which means to give light, to shine, to bring to light, render evident, light up, illumine, imbue with knowledge, give understanding to; - it occurs about 11 times in the New Testament. Pray God to open our eyes that we may see spiritual truths in Jesus Christ and also seek guidance what is the special will for us to do at a specific time or place. For example, the Bible will not tell you which woman you should take to be your wife. But the Bible says, 1 Cr 7:9, “A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.” A Christian is free and may marry to whom he/she wishes, only in the Lord. In other words, do not marry unbelievers.
Luk 24:45,“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,”
Note: Mind in Greek is nous, which means the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining; the intellectual faculty, the capacity for spiritual truth, the faculty of perceiving divine things; - it occurs about 24 times in the New Testament. God answers prayer in many ways. If you listen to God, God will listen and speak to you.
Rom 8:27,“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
It is our duty to think, pray, work, and live according to the will of God.
C. Follow in His steps.
1Pe 2:21,“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,”
Note: To follow in Jesus’ steps is a principle and a figure of speech. You ask the Lord to direct your steps and do not slip. There are many things you cannot follow in Jesus’steps. You cannot follow Jesus in walking on water; you cannot follow Jesus in turning water into wine, etc. It is sheer stupidity to ask the question: How would Jesus vote? Jesus did not, does not, and will not vote for any politician. No one is worthy of Jesus’ vote, and He is not interested in corrupt money and power politics. In principle we should follow in Jesus steps in holiness, goodness, kindness, meekness, and above all obedience to God’s will. To know the special will of God for your life is the greatest knowledge. To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.
The most facetious and false application of following in Jesus’step is illustrated by questions like: What would Jesus do? Whom would Jesus vote for the presidential candidate? In the first place, there are many things what we must do which Jesus does not. Jesus does not select a mate, does not look for a job, does not buy a home, does not join a party, does not vote, does not go to a university, does not invest, etc. There have been quite a few presidential candidates who claimed to have been led by God to run for presidency. Now do you know how to count, why would God lead some persons to run for the presidency at the same time since the job is one? What would Jesus do or not do are already written in the Bible. For example Christians cannot support what is condemned by the Word of Go，such as homosexuality or same sex marriage. Thus, Christians cannot vote for or support a politician who supports homosexuality or same sex marriage. In principle Christians support whatever the Word of God approves and oppose whatever the Bible condemns – that is following in Jesus’step.
7. The principle of the will of
A. The Word of God reveals the will of God.
Mat 7:21,“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.”
Note: Mouthful piety is not as good as doing the will of God
Luk 6:46,“Why do you call Me: ‘Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?”
Note: Obedience is better than empty praise.
1Ti 5:4，“But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.”
Note: Practicing piety is acceptable in the sight of God.
Jam 1:27，“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Note: In this Scripture it does not explicitly says this is the will of God. It says what pure and undefiled religion is before God and the Father: Visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Unspotted in Greek is aspilos which means spotless, irreproachable, free from vice, unsullied; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament.
Phl 4:8,“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”
True in Greek is alēthēs, which means truthful; loving the truth, speaking the truth;-
it occurs about 25 times in the New Testament. Noble in Greek is semnos, which means august, venerable,
reverend, venerated for character, honorable; - it occurs only 4 times in the
New Testament. Right in Greek is dikaios, which means in a wide
sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, innocent, faultless, guiltless, whose way
of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God; approved
of or acceptable of God; - it occurs about 81 times in the New Testament. Pure
in Greek is hagnos, which means
clean, exciting reverence, venerable, sacred, pure from carnality,
chaste, modest; pure from every fault, immaculate; - it occurs only 8 times in
the New Testament. Lovely in Greek is prosphilēs, which means acceptable, pleasing; - it occurs only once in
the New Testament. Admirable in Greek is euphēmos, which means of good report, sounding
well, speaking auspiciously, with good will to others; - it occurs only once in
the New Testament. Excellent in Greek is aretē, which means a virtuous course of
thought, feeling and action; virtuous, morally good, eminent; - it occurs only
5 times in the New Testament. Praiseworthy is Greek is epainos, which means worthy of approbation,
commendation; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament. Think in Greek is logizomai, which means to reckon inward,
count up or weigh the reasons, to deliberate; to consider, take into account,
weigh, meditate on; - it occurs about 41 times in the New Testament. There are eight jewels of Christian thinking,
namely: whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and
praiseworthy. Clearly it is the will of God for believers to think and do
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, whatever is excellent, and whatever
The general will of God is
for all believers.
The general will of God is for all Christians, there is no exception.
For example, the Ten Commandments. Except the Sabbath is for the Jews, all Christians must keep the commandments.
Phl 4:8,“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”
1Cr 1:10, “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
Note: Division in Greek is schisma, which means dissension, rent, schism; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. Denominations are divisions among Christians.
1Pe 3:17,“For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
1Pe 4:2,“As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for the lusts of men, but rather for the will of God.”
1Pe 4:19, “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”
1Jo 2:17, “The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God lives forever.”
This Scripture provides the reward for doing the will of God.
C. The special will must not violate the general will of God.
special will of God should never violate or contradict the general will of God.
God will not tell you to commit suicide, commit murder, commit adultery, commit
a crime, lie or cheat, etc. What is generally prohibitive to all Christians is
also prohibitive to an individual believer.
8. How to do the will of God.
A. Do the will of God from the heart.
Eph 6:6,“Not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”
Note: Eyeservice in Greek is ophthalmodoulia, which means service performed only under the master's eyes; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Men-pleasers in Greek is anthrōpareskos, which means studying to please man, courting the favor of men; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. The slaves of Christ are not men-pleasers; do not perform eyeservice, doing the will of God from the heart. The right way of doing the will of God is doing from the heart. This Scripture explains the
motive of doing the will of God.
Col 3:23,“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,”
Heartily means gladly and willingly. Whatever Christians do, do it heartily, as
to the Lord and not to men. If you are janitor, do it heartily to the Lord. If
you are a cook, do it heartily to the Lord. To live for Christ means no matter
how to earn your living lawfully, you do it heartily as to the Lord.
B. Stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Col 4:12,“Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
Note: This Scripture provides the process of doing the will of God. Stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Never do it half-heartedly.
Col 3:17,“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Note: Whatever you do in word or deed in the name of the Lord Jesus, you won’t dare to do wrong. You cannot give thanks to God for defrauding patients or customers. You cannot give thanks to God for selling toxic food or drink for profit. You cannot give thanks to God for abusing your power or violating the rights of others, etc. You cannot give thanks to God for committing sexual immorality, corruption and injustice.
need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what he has promised.”
C. Whatever the Lord says, do it.
Jhn 2:5,“His mother said to the servants: Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Note: Mary’s advice sums up what every believer and servant of Christ must do. Whatever the Lord says, do it.
Jhn 15:14,“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”
This Scripture provides the content of the will of God. Whatever the Lord says, do it.
D. Do all to the glory of God.
1Cr 10:31,“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
This Scripture gives the purpose of doing the will of God. Doing the will of God is not for self glory. A good servant of the Lord does not seek to be the man of the century. A faithful servant of Christ does not build his own spiritual empire.
E. Be thankful for everything.
1Th 5:18,“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
This Scripture provides the attitude in doing the will of God. Christians are thankful to God everyday, not just on Thanksgiving Day.
Having read the above Scriptures with explanations, whether a believer or unbeliever, you cannot say you do not know the will of God. Let us follow in Jesus’steps, even in the darkest hour, Mat 26:42,“He went away again a second time and prayed, saying: My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Mat 6:10,“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The will of God will be done. The Kingdom will come.
This should be our prayer, Psa 143:10, “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Amen.
The will of God is the greatest work, and doing the will of God is the greatest achievement.
January 7, 2016
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