It is the will of God that none shall be lost…

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Psalm 95:1-7a

Isaiah 44:21-28

Matthew 12:46-50

  • Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. – Psalm 95:6-7
  • I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you. – Isaiah 44:22
  • For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” – Matthew 12:50

For whoever does the will of my Father…

Yet, O Lord, what is your will?? This world is full of so many that tell us of your will, and so many disagree and contradict each other!

What is the will of the Father?

John 6

39. “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

It is the will of God that none of all things shall be lost…

  • It is imperative to note here that the Greek word used for “all things” is “pan/πᾶν“, which translates into everything / all things… a totality.
  • Therefore it is the will of God that nothing shall ever be lost, but to raise them up at the last day.
  • Is it foolish to think that what God wants is what God gets? Absolutely not. This is the Last Great Hope of Mankind: that even after we’ve royally screwed it all up, God’s will shall be done… despite our best efforts to derail it.

It is the will that everyone who considers the meaning of the Son… shall live The Life of Ages…

  • Again, it is very helpful to consider the meaning of a word in Greek: the word for “looks to” or “sees” (in some translations) is ” theōrōn/θεωρῶν“, which means “concentrate on the meaning of”, “to partake in”, “to discern”. It is the root of our English word “theater”, where we do not simply view things, but we judge, consider, discern, are moved, and even sometimes changed by what we experience. It is no less with Christ. This is no mere act of “seeing”.
  • When we concentrate on the meaning of Christ’s life, his actions and teachings, all things are illuminated.
  • When we discern something as moral, vital, and true we should be quick to embrace it and emulate it.
  • It is in the embracing of the way of life displayed in Christ, and the emulation of him, that we attain The Life of Ages. It is a life life of such upright morality, charity and just power that it tends to set us apart, and to mark our consequence in society, never for our own sake, but for the sake of the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven!

… and trusts absolutely in the same, shall live the Life of Ages and I will raise him up on the last day.

  • Here again we stumble into one of my deepest criticisms of modern Christianity: our perverted concept of “faith/belief”. The Greek word for both “faith” and “belief/believe” is “pisteuó/πιστεύω” which means so much more than a simple affirmation of that something is “true or false”! To the Greek hearers of the Gospel, pistis (the root of pisteuó) implied a deep absolute “trust”. This is a vital distinction!
  • From Wikipedia: “Faith is an act of trust or reliance. Rather than being passive, faith leads to an active life aligned with the ideals and the example of the one being trusted.

The Family of God

Matthew 12

49. Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

It is the will of God that nothing shall be lost. Whoever works to aid in that restoration of all things is the brother, sister, or mother of God.

It is the will of God that we discern the truth of the Son, the Word of God, and trust absolutely in him, his life, and his teachings.

And now that we understand the “will of God”, the I have only one sentiment left to express, Lord:

May thy will be done.

 

In the next post we learn the “how” of God’s restoration for everything, and it has nothing to do with evangelism (in the modern sense)!

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. Trig, thank you so much for illuminating these ancient Greek words! As I’ve written here before, I’ve always been so turned off by the language of the Bible, which seemed geared toward suppressing and sublimating my warrior spirit. Or at best, it seemed obscure and unaccessible. But your ability to show me the true meaning of the words reveals that many of the Bible’s teachings are actually in exact alignment with my own intuition and beliefs. Such great and joyful confirmation of what I’m relaying to others, how I’m living my newly illuminated life, and what I’m experiencing as an awakened soul. Your revelation here around the issue of “faith” versus “trust” has been one of my most profound shifts of late. A favorite new prayer: “Fear and anxiety make you small. Trust in the Infinity of God. Expand and the Infinity of God shall slow through you.” Looking forward to tomorrow’s post for more! Many blessings to you.

  2. Faith is an active trust aligned around how Jesus lived his life as displayed in his teachings. The life of Jesus is the life of God.

    49. Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

    One life, one purpose, one family. Blood ties that go back to Adam. Not the common ancestor but the common purpose – the will of God.

    To Amanda,

    You have discovered one of the greatest, hidden truths about God, a truth that isn’t meant to be hidden but is. “…the Bible’s teachings are actually in exact alignment with my own intuition and beliefs”. This is the way I find it works as well. When you follow Jesus, you will find your beliefs align to the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended upon all believers. The Holy Spirit continues to descend on all new believers today. Why are we so afraid to listen to the Great Counselor, instead only “listening” to the bible? Through the Holy Spirit, we all have direct access to God. God wants a personal relationship with each and every one of us. Jesus talks to me not just through my thoughts and life but through other people, “my brother, sister and mother.”
    The bible, I believe, is the word of God, but it is not the only words of God.

    John 21:24-25
    24 This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

    Jesus is still teaching today through the one body, through the one spirit, through the family.

    My personal relationship is with Jesus, not with the bible.

  3. Trig, so glad you’re back. This was, as always, beautiful. I have not much more to add – Amanda and David have shared beautiful things and I’m grateful.

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