Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Doctrine of Divine Decrees part 10: What is the will of God.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Point 4: Standing on the border between the infinite and the finite.
Such contemplation should never lessen the human estimation of the divine hatred for sin, nor be any encouragement to a creature to sin.
That sin is infinitely evil is demonstrated by the ruin it has wrought among the angels, the present depravity of humanity with all its woes, and the fact that no cure for sin could be found at a less cost than the blood of the Son of God.
It is a dangerous thing for a finite creature to sit in judgement upon the course that God pursues.
Point 5: The will of God - Directive, Permissive, and Overruling.
Directive will of God: What God desires me to think, to do, and where to go.
2. It is the will of God that all believers be experientially sanctified. (We are speaking here of experiential sanctification which is staying in fellowship)
3. It is the will of God that all believers be controlled (filled) with the Holy Spirit — Ephesians 5:18.
EPH 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
4. It is the will of god that we give thanks in everything: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 correlated with Romans 8:28.
With capacity through doctrine suffering will be a blessing for you. The promise is not that all things are good; it is that all things work together for good. Suffering is designed to bless us; therefore I can give thanks in suffering.
Discipline is designed to remind us to use 1 John 1:9; therefore I can give thanks for discipline.
5. It is the will of God that believers suffer — 1 Peter 3:17. Since it is God’s will that you suffer (1 Peter 4:19) then the purpose of suffering is blessing.
a. God’s way of blessing the believer.
b. God’s way of bringing maturity (edification complex) in a quicker way.
c. God’s way of directing our attention to the things that are really important in life such as: Fellowship with Him; Knowing doctrine.