The Will of God
I. Overview - the different aspects of the will of God.
1. The sovereign will of God.
A. Predestination - God's absolute sovereign will.
B. Predetermination - God's bounded sovereign will.
C. God's sovereign will is both His desire and His accomplishment of that desire.
i. Will - I. 1. a. Desire, wish, longing; liking, inclination, disposition (to do something).
ii. Will - II. 5. a. The action of willing or choosing to do something; the movement or attitude of the mind which is directed with conscio...
IV. The permissive will of God.
1. There are some things in our lives that God doesn't decree but permits.
A. Permit v.- I. To allow, suffer, give leave; not to prevent.
B. God may or may not permit our travel to go as we have planned (1Co 16:7).
C. Even the teaching the pastor intends to do is subject to the permissive will of God (Heb 6:1-3).
D. God has allowed His ministers to be put in trust with the gospel (1Th 2:4).
E. This is why we should always preface our plans with, "If the Lord will..." (J...
VI. God's declared will also includes guidelines that God has given in scripture of how He wants us to live and what He wants us to do.
1. This aspect of God's will can be ascertained by living according to God's laws and studying the scriptures (Rom 12:2).
2. Prove v.- II. To make good, establish. 5. trans. To establish (a thing) as true; to make certain; to demonstrate the truth of by evidence or argument.
3. We should pray for God's will to be done.
A. Jesus was our prime example of this (Mat 26:39...