WHAT IS THE WILL OF GOD?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evil doers!’”  (Matthew 7:21 – 23)

For centuries all over the world the treatment for sickness was bloodletting.  Doctors and barbers would draw blood believing it would heal you.  December 13, 1799 George Washington had a sore throat.  Three different times, in one day, the doctor withdrew two pints of blood each time.  The result, he died.  How could doctors be so wrong for so long a time?

The above Scripture, for hundreds of years, is also misunderstood by many Christians.  Christ was not addressing Christians when he says: “I never knew you”.  He was talking to those who worship a different Jesus.  Most religions have a different Jesus and they have supernatural powers.  But they are of the devil or evil doers.

There are religious denominations who interpret Christ saying: you must do the will of my Father as meaning you must work your way to heaven.  Do you know of denominations that require certain things, such as they are required to knock on in order to get to heaven instead of grace?

Who is Jesus talking about when he says they must do the Will of My Father in heaven?  He answers it in John 6:40 – “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”  I John 3:21 – 23 – “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask; because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.  And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”   When Christ returns the second time, those who believe in Him as the Son of God and their Savior will overcome physical death and will live eternally with God and Christ.

Scripture tells us the following in I John 3:8 – 9  “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.  No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”

John is talking about people who make a practice of sinning.  We cannot become indifferent to God’s moral laws.  I John 3:6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”

John 1:6 – 7 – “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”  God’s will is that a Christian practices righteousness.  Non-believers practice sin and lawlessness.

We have tremendous advantages as Christians when we do the will of our Lord.  There is also God’s will based on holiness.  Scripture that I use occasionally is 1 John 2:15 – 17 – “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

Worldliness begins in the heart.  God’s will is that we have self-control with a spirit of being generous and also committed to being humble.  “The man who does the will of God lives forever.”  That means living with God in eternity.  Every day we are to live with our eyes on Christ living to please God and not allowing the world to be our first priority.

According to Scripture those who do God’s will are special. If we are special then we can accept God’s promises as they are meant for us.  Remember the parable of the talents?  God took the money from the bad and lazy servant and gave it to the good and faithful steward.  There are many promises that give a number of advantages to Christians who do the will of God.  Keep in mind those doing His will, will always have advantages.  Live looking for what special things God has in mind for each one of us and continue to count the many blessings with which God will shower us.

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