The Will of God as we understand the term is part of Core Will, which is locked secure in the godhead. Only we can glean certain intimations from the scripture that too with particular reference about the Son. When Jesus tells the father, “I have manifested thy name” we can understand part of Core Will holds reference to his ministry as the Servant-King’ Jn.17:5-6. Alongside we are informed the Son of man had the glory before the world was. In so many allusions scattered through the scripture we know working of divine will in creating a nation as well as the Church are all part and parcel of it.
In short the Bible is an account of relationship God wills in terms of man.
The Bible begins “In the beginning…’ (Ge.1:1) Time and place element are understood to be part of Core Will, which like the term Truth need to be defined from it. (Any human attempt to define it by human speech or wisdom shall merely end in confusion.)
Holy Spirit, the third in the Triune God in stating it invites the reader to see the narrative as emanating from godhead.We shall say therefore the scripture is a three fold narrative beginning with God the Father.
In this post I shall concentrate on a few aspects of our salvation as may be gathered from the divine standpoint.
Jesus revealed the love of God. Jn.3:16 who sent his Son so the world might be saved.
Secondly he wants to dwell with the people who are chosen by truth of the word. Rev.21:3, Jn 17:22,17
Core Will includes creation of a Kingdom in which the Throne of God and of the Lamb are the light under which nations shall continue in a state of blessedness.(Re.22:1-5)
He created heaven and the earth. But the difficulty arises when we try to reconstruct a kingdom of God from the model we have on the earth. The latter is not part of the will of God but by will of man.
As a creator God is the supreme head of any kingdom here on the earth or above. Kingdom of God as distinct as kingdom of heaven of which I may have occasion to come back at another time and place. It shall suffice to say Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry clued his disciples of the kingdom, ‘as my Father hath appointed to me’ and his disciples shall sit on thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel.(Lk.22:30).
This being the case we need to include the Bible as written touching upon Core Will where we however have not much to construct out of ‘heaven’ but by our own understanding of the will of God. For example St.Paul writes about ‘principalities, against powers against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places’ it is assumed that there is a certain order that runs counter to the divine Will. We need to understand the scope of the scripture is not merely to equip the reader for life in the flesh but also for life in the Spirit.
Death is not the end for those redeemed from the earth. There shall be another kind of body to which St.Paul writes,’ There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body.’1 Co15:44 It may be safer to leave the contingency of life after life in a spiritual body for a later discussion.
It is reasonable to believe what St.Paul mentions as spiritual wickedness in high places is in defiance of Core Will of God. Power of this must come from elsewhere. In the gospel of Matthew, we have a clue: Simon Peter in an inspired guess identifies Jesus as the Son of God. His master tells that it was indeed so and only his Father in heaven could have revealed it to him. Conclusion is clear: a natural man cannot know Truth (Mt.16:17) but must be led to it from above. By the same token Satan must be the one who resists the will of God. It is in this connection we need to see the verse ‘grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.(Jn. 1:14-15) There are more to Core Will which is from the standpoint of the Father.
(To be continued)