What is the most important aspect of determining the will of God in general? It is found in Paul's epistle to Timothy in I Timothy 2:3, 4:
"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
The will of God for every person is very simple and consists of 2 things:
I believe that most Christians understand the first aspect of the will of God but very few know about the second. From God's point of view, these two things go hand in hand. From most Christian's point of view, there is number one and that is it.
How does one get saved? Romans 10:9 is crystal clear on this matter:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Â To be saved one must do two things:
For a person to be saved, they must make Jesus Lord in their life. Confessing Jesus to be Lord is far more than saying a few words or praying a simple prayer. Since Lord means Master, this process of allowing Jesus to become Master of your life involves a bit more than just mouthing the words. That is where the belief in the heart that God raised Jesus from the dead becomes involved.
To understand Romans 10:9 one must continue reading verse 10 where it says:
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
While confession is indeed made UNTO salvation, believing in one's heart is done UNTO righteousness. When one ties together Romans 10:9, 10 with I Timothy 4:3, 4 the simplicity and the awesome greatness of the Word of God becomes very real.
The will of God is for everyone to be saved, which is accomplished through confessing Jesus to be Lord. In doing that, a person consciously and deliberately declares Jesus to be Master of their life. Jesus is LORD and not oneself. The open declaration that God made the crucified Jesus both LORD and CHRIST is the foundation for salvation. But the Word of God does not stop there.
The will of God is not limited to just salvation but also includes God's desire that everyone come to the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. It is not enough to simply "get saved". God wants us to grow in our knowledge and understanding of the scriptures so we comprehend what it is we have in our salvation. God wants us to not just confess Jesus is Lord; He wants us to BELIEVE that God raised Him from the dead and thus made Him CHRIST.
Here is the simplicity of the matter. The man Jesus was our Savior and as such He had to endure every form of humiliation and torture known to man in order to redeem us. Jesus suffered and died an inglorious death upon the cross. The last and greatest thing He could do for us was to give His life on our behalf. Jesus did indeed die for our sins as the perfect sacrifice legally demanded for our redemption.
Peter said in Acts 2:36 the following:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."
GOD made the humiliated and crucified Jesus both LORD and CHRIST. This is the simplicity of what must be confessed and believed in order to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. It is NOT just to know that Jesus was crucified and died for your sins. That is only the beginning of knowledge. We must strive to understand what it means when God raised Jesus from the dead and ascended Him to heaven to sit at His own right hand.
When God raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus became the CHRIST. When God ascended Christ into the heavens to sit at His right hand, he became LORD. To walk in the will of God, we must seek to break free from the fetters that come from dwelling only upon the crucifixion of Jesus.
To dwell in the will of God, we must strive to grow in our knowledge of all that we have in Christ as a result of God raising Him from the dead. We also must strive to fully grasp what it means that God has now made JESUS CHRIST the LORD. Herein lies the full heart of the Christian faith:
The heart of Christianity is found in three words; LORD JESUS CHRIST. As we dare to dig into the New Testament epistles, we grow in our understanding of just how incredible those three words are. God allowed the apostle Paul to freely write about the significance of all three of these names. Thus, it is not a bad thing to study Paul's epistles but rather a very good thing to study them and learn who Jesus is and what He is to us. In so doing this we fulfill the desire of God to not only be saved but come to the knowledge of the truth.
Yes, Faith without Foundation is weak and will not stand against lifes' struggles: It is to "buy in cheap" and lose easy. Thank you for your focus on number two for without it we could not witness as God intends. milt
[quote]The will of God is not limited to just salvation but also includes God's desire that everyone come to the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. [/quote]
May we daily grow in the knowledge of the Truth!