[KJV] Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Regardless of any sermons or teachings that you have come across this verse does give a foundation to a believe that there are levels or degrees to the will of God. To say t these are different is a b it of a stretch –GOOD – ACCEPTABLE – PERFECT. The King James Bible does not use repetition in that manner. This verse means that the will of God is GOOD, ACCEPTABLE & PERFECT.
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I hope that we are settled this. We are not to be conformed to this world, BUT we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, AND SO we prove the will of God, which is GOOD & ACCEPTABLE & PERFECT. We are not of this world. We may be IN this world, BUT we are NOT OF this world.
So then, what is this good, acceptable, perfect will of God? The easy answer is that we are not conformed to this world because our minds have been renewed & so we are transformed. This is a great place to be – in the world but not of the world:
[KJV] 1 Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
[KJV] 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
So the question that I mean to ask is “what is the good acceptable and perfect will of God?” Is the will of God what he knows or is the will of God what he wills?
This is a hard concept to grasp but the fact is that what God will know and what God wills can be completely different. In actual fact God has chosen to deal with us according to what he wills and not according to what he knows. He may know something about me, but he ignores that and comes to me with what he wills for me. In fact, the scriptures make it perfectly clear that God deals with me according to his will and gives me great and precious promises in line with his will.
“What God knows” this deals with the future. There are two spiritual “gifts” that we have all been given. These two gifts are “hope” and “faith”. Both, hope & faith, deal with the future. Or rather hope deals with the future and faith turns what is hoped for in the future into the present tense reality. If we simply rely on what God knows there would be no need for hope or faith. If we are relying on “what God knows” it takes no faith at all to say “God will do what he knows will be done”. If we pray simply for God’s will to be done we are really praying for our ability to accept whatever is done as God’s will. We do not use hope at all and we certainly don’t use faith to produce a substance of those things hoped for.
[KJV] Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
It is the evidence of things not seen not the evidence of things that God knows.
“What God wills” this is another matter altogether. We know what the will of God is through knowing our Bible and through prayer. This has absolutely nothing to do with what God knows because what he knows and what he wills are often two different matters. A simple example of this is seen in the Garden of Eden. God knew that Adam and Eve would sin (because he knows all things), BUT he gave Adam and Eve a command and a promise in the expectation that they would keep the command and believe on the promise. The fact that they did neither (they ate of the Tree of Knowledge nor believed the promise that they would die) This did not alter his will for the occasion nor did it altar his knowledge of what would happen.
What knowledge are you after? The Knowledge of His Will or the Knowledge of What He Knows?
We humans always like to know what the future is going to be. When you know what the future will be there is no need for faith or hope, which is why faith and hope will vanish away in the new life of the resurrection when we will know as we are known. We need faith to obey his precepts and to experience his promises. We need hope because hope is the rejoicing of the fact that God will always keep his word.
Do we have the right to say “I’ll just leave this in God’s hands.” In other words, God knows best and God knows exactly what will happen so then whatever happens is God’s will. The scriptures do not give us this sense of how things should turn out. We are given precious promises that are often connected to God’s precepts (God’s will). If we pray “God’s will do his perfect will” on the grounds that God knows what he is going to do and all we have to do is accept that whatever he does it is for our best. We are not following the procedures laid out within the scriptures which tell us to believe in faith that God will keep his promises. We love to have a doctrinal reason to leave matters entirely unto God and what he knows will happen.
So regardless of whatever we think that God knows we are to search out from the scriptures his promises and then to believe them. This is because his promises show us what his will is. We are the people who believe what is God’s promise, and we believe what God has promised expresses his will.
God has chosen to do with us according to his promises and not according to what he knows so then we should choose to deal with God according to his promises and not according to what we know that he knows.
At all times we are expected to use the spiritual faculties of hope and faith. We need hope and faith to be able to keep God’s precepts, and we need hope and faith to be able to enjoy his promises. Nowhere in the scriptures are we merely to rest upon any revelation of what God knows or what God knows will be.
In other words, whosoever will may come to saving faith regardless of any knowledge that God may have concerning the outcome of that “whosoever will.” God obviously knows the people who will be saved and the people who will not be saved. However, whosoever will may come and the fact is that God draws everybody to the saving grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not logical in our understanding of logic, but it is perfect in God’s understanding of the order of things.
You might ask the question “can the knowledge of the outcome that is held by God, be changed”? Well, we would have to say yes because there are examples of God saying that something would be or would happen and then there is a change, and it isn’t or it doesn’t happen.
The point is that we are not called to interact with God according to what he knows we are called to interact with God according to what he wants or wills.
How you look at this subject will determine the way in which you pray. The historic churches, who often do not believe in the divine healing promises, suggests that you pray that the Lords will be done, and that you will have the grace to accept whatever the Lord’s will is. In other words, your praying that you will have the correct temperament to accept whatever the outcome is. You’ll have the right temperament to handle your sickness because your sickness is probably, or maybe, the will of God.
Traditionally, the Pentecostal churches believe in divine healing. They believe that healing is part of the Atonement. That the Lord Jesus Christ bore the penalty and punishment of our sins so that we could be legally forgiven and also bore our sicknesses so that we could be legally healed. That we are delivered from the curse is a revelation from the scriptures that we need.
The power of the cross to speak to us of forgiveness and physical, and mental healing. In recent years the concept of healing being included in the Atonement has been under attack in spite of the many scriptures. The main reason to exclude physical healing from the Atonement is to explain and help people who call on the Lord is the healing and don’t receive it. Unless healing is in the Atonement, we are left to ask God for healing and then leave it up to him and his divine will to decide whether we are healed or not. I have never been satisfied with this explanation because there are far too many scriptures that tell us that the Lord Jesus Christ bore our sins and our sicknesses when he died upon the cross of Calvary. When he rose from the dead, he signified that forgiveness and healing were made available.
Sin brought sickness and death upon all the human race. The cross at Calvary clears the way for sins to be forgiven and sicknesses to be healed. I will post the detailed blog at another time listing the scriptures showing the promises of God’s willingness to heal us as well as to forgive our sins.
In the meantime, let’s exercise our God-given right to obey God’s precepts and claim God’s promises by living faith. Remember that faith is the substance of things hoped for, so it is very important to hope and glory in the hope of the promises of God and that includes God’s promises to heal us and to deliver is from our sicknesses and afflictions.
It is important to realize that you can be called home to glory at any time regardless of your health or situation in life. We are called to live to the full and be prepared for God the Father to interrupt our lives by calling us home.
So then, when you pray that God’s will be done, know what the scriptures tell you is the will of God. Look at his precepts & his promises on the matter. Let the word of God guide you into his will. Remember that you iust please God without faith in his Living Word.
[KJV] Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
And on that fantastic note I’ll leave you to meditate on these magnificent concepts.