(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the New King James Version).
God has a will, which is a reflection of his mind/desire, and represents his plan for his creations, as well as his place in that plan. God determined, in the eternal ages past, when he was all by himself, to create a world (both material and spiritual) in which he would rule and display his attributes. This plan of God is expressed generally in nature, and in details in the Bible, which contains the revelation of God’s expressed will. Though the natural things of creation themselves are a manifestation of the will of God and display his eternal power and Godhead (and should therefore teach any humble observer the knowledge of God), the Scriptures reveal the will of God more perfectly. All that God intended for mankind to know about him and his plan/desires for his creations are expressed in details in the Scriptures, which is a divine revelation of the will of God. To understand the expressed will of God more perfectly, we need therefore to study and to understand the scriptures clearly.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
Romans 1:19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
Romans 1:21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
1 Corinthians 2:8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
1 Corinthians 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
1 Corinthians 2:16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
There are some things we must understand about the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. The first is the sovereign will of God. It is that aspect of the will of God that’s dependent only on God and does not require any cooperation from any of his creatures to be effected. It is that part of the divine will that must happen, and nothing can hinder it from being fulfilled. It depends entirely on the sovereignty of God, and his omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence will ensure his sovereign will is done. That includes God’s original plan of creation, as well as his plan of salvation when the original creation fell. God had a plan of salvation made out before the foundation of the world, before the creation of even what would fall and require redemption! He saw the fall happening even before there was something to fall, and he made plans for it way before it happened, by his foreknowledge! The plan of salvation and the restoration of the fallen creation are parts of the sovereign will of God which he works out himself, and which do not require any form of assistance or cooperation from his creations. That plan must come to pass, at the appointed time, whether the enemies of God like it or not, and however much they fight it. The sovereign will of God cannot be successfully resisted, hindered or prevented.
Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
Daniel 4:35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”
Psalms 135:5 For I know that the Lord is great, And our Lord is above all gods.
Psalms 135:6 Whatever the Lord pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Ephesians 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Ephesians 1:8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
Ephesians 1:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
Ephesians 1:10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;
1 Peter 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
1 Peter 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
1 Peter 1:20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
1 Peter 1:21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
The second part of the perfect will or plan of God involves his desires for his intelligent creatures (angels and men) that require some form of cooperation from them in order to be actualised. God created angels and men to be free moral agents with the capacity to make choices. He desires for them to worship him and to live eternally in bliss in his presence, if they obey him and follow his ways. God’s perfect will for men and angels is that they remain holy and blameless and undefiled like him, to enjoy his blessings. God’s creations with freewill have good and evil set before them, and they have the freedom to choose whichever they want, but they will account for their choices. They’re free to do as they please, but they’re not free from the consequences of their actions. Thus, though God desires good for his intelligent creatures, they must cooperate with his good will to enjoy the blessings contained therein. For instance, God wanted mankind to live eternally in bliss in paradise upon creation but, to do that, man must choose not to eat of the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For as long as man remained obedient to that directive will of God, mankind enjoyed God’s presence, fellowship and his blessings. However, the day man rebelled against God and exercised his freewill to do that which God forbade him from doing, he died. It wasn’t the will of God that man should sin and die. But to not sin and to not die, man had to obey the directive will (commandments) of God. Also, it’s not the desire or will of God for any fallen man to perish in hell, but for all sinners to come to repentance and be saved, for God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. However, the sinner must cooperate with God to repent and take hold of God’s pardon and salvation inorder to to be saved. The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, but people have to accept and receive it to be saved. God has killed the fatted calf, prepared his feast and invited all to come and dine freely. His sovereign will has made the feast possible. However, every man will have to decide for himself whether to accept the invitation to the feast or whether to reject it. Though it’s God’s desire or will that all partake of his feast, he can’t force his will on any man when his sovereignty is not at stake. God only overrides man’s will to enforce his sovereign will and ensure the world moves towards his predetermined plan/counsel. Within the bounds of God’s sovereign will, man is free to do as he chooses, but he must bear the consequences of his actions or decisions. God has given his commandments (directives) on what men must do to be saved. He has however left it to every man to choose whether to obey those commandments/directives and be saved, or to disobey them and be damned. God’s thoughts for mankind are thoughts of good and not of evil, to give men an end of peace and bliss in paradise. However, mankind must obey God’s commandments to enjoy those divine blessings.
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Genesis 2:8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
Genesis 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
Deuteronomy 30:20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Joshua 24:14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:16 So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods;
Joshua 24:17 for the Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed.
Joshua 24:18 And the Lord drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve the Lord, for He is our God.”
Joshua 24:19 But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
Joshua 24:20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
Joshua 24:21 And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord!”
Joshua 24:22 So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord for yourselves, to serve Him.”
And they said, “We are witnesses!”
Joshua 24:23 “Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.”
Joshua 24:24 And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!”
Joshua 24:25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
Joshua 24:26 Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord.
Joshua 24:27 And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord which He spoke to us. It shall therefore be a witness to you, lest you deny your God.”
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
1 Timothy 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
1 Timothy 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
Matthew 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
Matthew 22:3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’
Matthew 22:5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.
Matthew 22:6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.
Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Matthew 22:8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
Jeremiah 29:10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Like we mentioned above, only the sovereign will of God supercedes and overrides the individual wills of his creatures that do not align with his sovereign desire. All things must work together to bring to manifestation God’s sovereign will. His plan of salvation cannot be hindered by any creature. Even though some fallen people and angels are working actively in one way or the other to oppose God’s salvation plan, yet God will actively thwart their opposition to bring his plan to fruition, at the appointed time. For instance, no one could prevent Christ being born in the incarnation to fulfil the sovereign plan of salvation. God ensured everything worked out to bring about the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem at the appointed time. When Herod tried to kill the Messiah as a Child, God had to thwart his plan by making the wise men to deceive him, and by effecting the escape of his Son to Egypt, beyond Herod’s reach. The Messiah couldn’t die before his time, until all things spoken of him had been fulfilled. In a similar way, everything is working out right now to ensure the rise of the antichrist and the establishment of his rule on earth, for he must rule till he is dethroned by the return of Christ in power and glory. God will bend every action of all creations to bring about the predetermined end in his sovereign plan. He allows his adversaries to operate only to the extent that they cannot stop or derail his soverign plan from coming to its desired end. Even Satan, God’s chief adversary, will be locked up in hell at some point, to prevent derailing God’s soverign plan, and will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire, where his activities will be brought to an end for all eternity. In the long run, the sovereign will of God will be done on earth, as it is in heaven! Nothing and no one can hinder that! All enemies of God (angels and men) will be totally destroyed at the appropriate time, for God to have the kind of world he desires on earth. His sovereign will will be done on earth, even as it’s done in heaven.
Ephesians 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,
Genesis 20:1 And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.
Genesis 20:2 Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
Genesis 20:4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also?
Genesis 20:5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.”
Genesis 20:6 And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.
Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
Matthew 2:2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Matthew 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
Matthew 2:5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
Matthew 2:6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”
Matthew 2:7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
Matthew 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
Matthew 2:9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
Matthew 2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
Matthew 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Matthew 2:14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,
Matthew 2:15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,
2 Thessalonians 2:2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
2 Thessalonians 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
2 Thessalonians 2:6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
2 Thessalonians 2:10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
2 Thessalonians 2:12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 Stand Fast
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
2 Thessalonians 2:14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
Revelation 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Revelation 20:2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
Revelation 20:3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
Revelation 20:7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
Revelation 20:8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.
Revelation 20:9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
Revelation 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Matthew 6:9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
In conclusion, God’s will, although expressed generally in creation, is revealed in more specific details in the Scriptures, which contain a revelation of the divine mind. God has a sovereign will concerning creation and the redemption of fallen creation, as well as the restoration of the bliss of lost paradise on earth. That plan must be finally achieved, despite stiff opposition from God’s adversaries (both angelic and human). The sovereign will of God must eventually be done on earth, as it is in heaven. God also desires for lost humanity to partake in this his plan, but he doesn’t force his plan on people, because, like him, he created humans to be free moral agents, with the capacity to make choices. His good will or desire for fallen mankind is that none should perish, but all should come to repentance, because God does not delight in the death of the wicked. However, humans must obey God’s directive will, in the form of the commandments he has given in the Scriptures, for them to be saved and enjoy God’s blessings, as God desires. Thus, only those who submit to God’s sovereign plan and his directive will (his commandments) will participate in his sovereign plan. Ultimately, all enemies of God who oppose him and resist his will will be destroyed, and the will of God will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Yes, the sovereign will of God will be done—nothing else, nothing less and nothing more! May we then submit to God’s will and humble ourselves before his mighty hand, that we may be partakers of his sovereign will and blessings!
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