Thursday, January 22, 2004

On the Fundamentalist Forums (link to the right) in the TBC forum, "Coyote" spoke a little about God's will and it really was a blessing. I am going to quote him:

"2 Tim. 3:16-17 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

1) All the Bible is God-breathed.
2) All the Bible is profitable.
3) The Bible is profitable for doctrine.
4) The Bible is profitable for reproof.
5) The Bible is profitable for correction.
6) The Bible is profitable for instruction in righteousness.

All that you already knew. But it was verse 17 that really set me free.

[17] THAT THE MAN OF GOD - read that 'person' of God. The Greek word is not referring to the male gender, nor to some prophet-like office in the church. 'Man' here is used as in 'human.'

MAY BE PERFECT - the Greek word 'artios' means perfect in a 'complete' sense. When an artist adds the last touch to his work he says, "Ahhh! It is now perfect," meaning he is finished. The work is complete.

God has given us something by which we will be made perfect, be made complete, in our Christian life - that is the God-breathed Scriptures.

THOROUGHLY FURNISHED - these two words are used to give the sense of one Greek word 'exartizo' which means 'thoroughly furnished' or 'completely equipped.'

UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS - We are fully equipped for what? ALL good works. Every good work which God has called us to do. By what are we complete and fully equipped to perform every good work which God has called us to do? By the word of God, the God-breathed Scripture.

THAT is the sufficiency of Scripture in my life. God's word completely furnishes me with all I need to know to do every good thing God intends for me to do in this life. Bottom line? I don't need a pastor to tell me God's will. I don't need a pastor to equip me to do what God has called me to do. The Scripture is sufficient.

Why was that revolutionary to me? Because I was told that I needed a certain pastor and without him I could not do nor know God's will for my life.

Hogwash."

That's not all he said that was a blessing:

"Want to know how to discern God's will concerning things that are not covered in Scripture? There you have it: Providence, Wisdom, and Liberty.

1st - The idea that there is a 'perfect' will for my life that I might somehow miss if I am not lead of the Spirit in all situations, in my opinion, is not found in Scripture.

2nd - If God wished for us to have someone else make all our decisions for us, then the book of Proverbs and the rest of biblical wisdom literature was a waste of time.

3rd - In all things not commanded in Scripture the Christian is to exercise wisdom, use his Christian liberty, and rest in the knowledge that God's providential hand is working in his life to rule and overule all his stupid mistakes."

Lastly:

"Romans 12:2 (KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


How many times have you been taught from this verse that there are three 'wills' of God - the good will, the acceptable will, and the perfect will of God?

Although that might APPEAR to be what Paul is saying here by the particular construction of the sentence as found in our beloved King James Version, a cursory look at the Greek behind it will dispel all such notions.

'Good, acceptable, and perfect' do not describe three different wills in God, but rather they all describe what God's will for us is. It is good. It is acceptable. It is perfect. It is all three of these things.

There is no such thing as leaving God's perfect will and settling for God's acceptable will or God's good will. That idea is a fiction made up by poor pastors and teachers who are too lazy to do proper study on the text. It is also a pretext used by [name of church] to ensnare people by telling them that if they leave [name of church] they will never know God's perfect will for their lives.

Want to know God's will for your life? Want to PROVE (discern) God's will for your life? Then submit to God's word and allow your mind, your thinking, to be renewed by the word of God. This will transform you and you will prove (discern) what God's will is in any given situation. "

That's not all. What about the Holy Spirit, someone asked?

"Can you help me out with some scripture which teaches us about this inner compulsion? I agree that the Holy Spirit informs our conscience. I agree that the Holy Spirit reminds us of biblical commands and biblical wisdom. But we are no told in the Bible to discern the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, so much as we are told to discern God's will through having our minds renewed by the word of God.

In all matters where the commands of God and the wisdom of God do not lead us to a clear choice we have liberty and trust to the Providence of God. It is through God's providence that He leads us. Those who are 'led of the Spirit' in Romans 8:14 are:
#1 - all Christians, by definition - and
#2 - led through the word."

Then he quotes Eph 2:10:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

So many Christians (INCLUDING MYSELF) get all tied up in knots about the will of God. We forget that God has His hand in EVERY area of our lives. He sets up and tears down and turns hearts so that we can walk into and in His will. He has given us unique personalities so that we can be ourselves and at the same time, do the works that God has ordained for us. How many times do we look at the road ahead in disbelief... we wait for a sign forgetting that it was God Himself who paved the road and set us before it!!

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