- 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?
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
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)!