By God's Will
What Is the Meaning of “Will”?
I. FACETS OF GOD’S WILL
A. GOD’S PROCLAIMED WILL...
B. GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL WILL...
God’s Prevailing Will
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)
— God’s plans cannot be thwarted.
— God’s ultimate purposes are achieved because He is sovereign.
EXAMPLE: God’s prevailing will is to grant full forgiveness and a home in heaven to all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2)
C. GOD’S PERMISSIVE WILL...
2. God’s Permissive Will
“Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.” (Proverbs 1:29)
— God permits each person to exercise free will … in opposition to His will.
— God is ultimately sovereign over all that He permits.
EXAMPLE: God’s permissive will allows everyone the option of choosing right or wrong, spiritual life or spiritual death, being blessed or being cursed.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)