“God’s Will For Us” Part 4

Posted: January 25, 2017 in Christian Life, God's Will

Do you love mystery novels or movies – the Who done it” kind? Some people cheat and take the fun out by reading the last chapter first. Maybe you record ball games on TV so you don’t have to watch all the commercials. But if you cheat and look at the end of the game first, the thrill is gone. God is never surprised because He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).  We don’t believe in “open theism” that says God doesn’t know all things (Psalm 139:4, 16). You can’t hide from Him and keep Him from judging you someday (Psalm 10; Hebrews 9:27).

When it comes to mysteries in the Bible, there are a lot of people who are in the dark. Much of it doesn’t make any sense to them at all. Part of this is due to the natural, unsaved man’s inability to welcome or receive the things of God. It seems to be foolishness (1Corinthians 2:14). It’s like having only an AM radio and not an AM / FM radio to receive certain signals.

There are a number of things that are called “mysteries” within the pages of Scripture. A mystery is truth hidden in the Old Testament but revealed in the New Testament for the further maturing of Grace believers. According to His will, a mystery was revealed only to Christians that were maturing, or of full age (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:6; Ephesians 3:5, 9; Colossians. 1:26, 27).” – Dr. H. L. Schafer. To mature spiritually as he/she should, a Christian needs to –

Know About The Riches Of The Indwelling Christ (Colossians 1:27). When we were saved we received eternal life – God’s quality of life that never ends or which we can lose (John 3:16, 36; 10:28, 29; 1 John 5:12). When God’s life is lived out through our lives, as we display the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23), He is glorified as others learn more about Him (John 15:8). God’s glory deals with His opinion that He has concerning Himself (John 1:14; 2:11). It is totally accurate in every way (John 14:6). He sees Himself as He really is and tells us some things about Himself and then demonstrates that truth to us by doing something to prove it. His I AM…” statements in the Gospel of John (6:35, 48; 8:12; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1) demonstrate the fact that He is God in human flesh and came to manifest the Godhead to humanity (John 1:14; 17:4, 5). He shares total equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:19; 2:9; Matthew 28:19). When Christ comes back for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3), we will become the epitome of our potential and then be permanentized and made like Christ’s glorified humanity, not His deity (1 John 3:2). We won’t become gods to populate other planets as some cults teach (Matthew 22:30). At that same time our souls (emotions) will be saved (1 Peter 1:9) and so will our mortal bodies (Romans 8:17, 23; 1 Corinthians 15:53). Our glorified bodies will be made like Christ’s and will consist of flesh and bones, but will lack blood (Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:5). Yes, we will be able to eat too but we won’t have to eat or drink to stay alive.

Ask For Yourself According To God’s Will (1 John 5:14, 15). Basically, we have three ways of asking things from God. Supplication is simply a cry for God’s help (Ephesians 6:18). We don’t tell God how to answer our requests or demand anything from Him which would be blasphemy (1 Timothy 1:20). Supplication is something we do most often for ourselves since we rarely know what is best for ourselves (Psalm 23:3). Intercession is primarily a request for or against another person (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2). Yes, we may ask God to thwart the activities of evil doers (Psalm 10). Asking in Jesus’ name involves our asking as Jesus Himself would ask were He in our place (John 14:13, 14; 15:16, 23, 24). We are to ask as a subordinate to a superior Person (Ephesians 3:20; Colossians 1:9), not as an equal to Him as Jesus sometimes did when He communicated with His Father (John 14:16; 16:26).

Suffer If Necessary For Living A Consistent Testimony. (1 Peter 3:17; 4:19). Most Christians who live in the United States have had to suffer very little for the cause of Christ as other believers from around the world have had to suffer. All Christians will suffer to some degree with Christ (Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12). But few of us have ever suffered like the Apostle Paul did so he could reach others for Christ and see them saved (2 Corinthians 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). The Crown of Life” will be given to the martyrs who died for their faith rather than deny Christ or worship Caesar (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Live The Rest Of Your Life In The Will Of God (1 Peter 4:2). We can’t change our past life of sin and shame (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). But having been washed, sanctified, and justified, we can/should live our lives to please God in all that we do and say (2 Corinthians 5:9). We have potential years that may average out to about 70 or 80 years (Psalm 90:10; See Genesis 5; Isaiah 65:20). But our actual years may be much shorter if we engage in sinful behavior (Ephesians 6:3; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:20; 1 John 5:16). The years we spend on earth may be productive or wasted years (Ecclesiastes 1:2; 12:1; 1 Corinthians 3:12-17).  Let’s buy up the opportunities that we have because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).

Twelve. There are twelve aspects of God’s desirous will for us as Christians that have been recorded for us in the Scriptures. To learn about them, we must make sure that our known sins have been confessed to God and others (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). We need to be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) so He can illuminate our minds to the truth of His Word (1 John 2:20, 27). Bible believing Pastor/teachers can assist Christians who are teachable, willing to change, and who will study God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; Ephesians 4:11-16).

Power. God energizes us to do the things that will please Him (Philippians 2:13). But some Christians quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19). He wants us to work out (not for) the salvation that He gave to us when we put our faith in Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Philippians 4:12, 13).

Help. For personal direction and decision making in other areas of life, a Christian who is rightly related to God the Holy Spirit may ask for and expect Him to give him God’s wisdom if he/she is not double minded (James 1:5-8).

Questions. Are you stagnating or growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Does all the above information seem foolish to you (1 Corinthians 1:18, 21; 2:14)? What’s your present relationship with God? Are you a true Christian or just a nominal one? Have you believed in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)? Why should God let you into His heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (Romans 8:35-39)?  If you think there is something, what would it be?

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