The Importance Of The Will Of God In The Bible

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INTRODUCTION

The Statement of the Problem When it comes to the will of God, is there one perfect will for a person’s life? If there is one perfect will, how does one find it or what happens if one misses it? With so many decisions in life, both major and minor, will a person be permanently damaged or at least hindered if they don’t find that one will for their life? Does God’s will include the various decisions a person might make, however, and is it bigger than just one perfect will? How does a person know what God wants them to do? Men like Abraham, Moses, David, and Paul have faced this sincere and heartfelt pursuit, and this search to discern the will of God continues in the church today.

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This term is quite interesting in that it is almost unknown outside of biblical and church writings, although there have been a few instances found as recorded in Milligan and Moulton. Some evidence exists that the word was employed without the article as a cult term for that which was conceived of a divinely preordained plan or less strictly for divine desire. Generally, however, θέλημα is a biblical term that is mentioned over fifty times in the Scripture. It is also noteworthy that the plural form of this word is almost completely absent from the New Testament. Most likely, God’s will is expressed in the singular due to the fact that the concept of the will of God is shaped by the conviction that this θέλημα of God is a powerful …show more content…
First, it refers to “what is willed,” that is, “what one wishes to happen.” An example of this is demonstrated when Jesus prays “may your will be done” in Matthew 6:10. Secondly, “the word denotes what an individual wishes to bring about by his own action, since one has undertaken to do what one has willed” (John 5:30; 6:38). Lastly, θέλημα is “what one wishes to bring about by the activity of others, to whom one assigns a task.” This usage occurs particularly where it is man’s duty to fulfill the will of God (Ephesians 5:17, 6:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3). It expresses more the desires or wishes of God than the plan or deliberate purpose of God. Vine determines that it “means ‘the gracious design,’ rather than ‘determined

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