Monday, August 21, 2006

The Three Types of God's will (from www.monergism.com):

1. Revealed/Preceptive Will: God’s laws concerning righteous living for all Christians (it is not God’s will/desire for persons to ever break His laws, such as the command to worship Him alone or to believe the gospel ).

But God's "permission" and ordaining of the fact of human sin is not His moral approval. He desires that we obey His commands but we often do not. Since this is not His decretive will, His will is not thwarted.

2. God's decretive, sovereign, or hidden will: That cannot be thwarted, stopped or frustrated by anything. This kind of will infallibly comes to pass.

3. Will of disposition describes God's attitude or disposition. It reveals what is pleasing to Him.
"And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ..." (1 John 3:23)

"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."

So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy...So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. (Rom 9:15, 16, 18)
“Seek first the kingdom of God…” (Matt 6:33-34)

"Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God."( Mark 10:26, 27)

"He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven." (Matt 15: 16-17)

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