Friday, February 18, 2011

Who's will?

It seems as the momentum continues to build as you go through The New Testament.  Each chapter is more powerful than the one before. When I read Colossians 1 this morning, I couldn't help but think how quickly Paul establishes The Truth again.

Then as I was re-reading it tonight, I couldn't get past the first verse. The Lord laid this on my heart tonight (I will go in to the rest of chapter 1 tomorrow):
Colossians 1:1a Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ
Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ. Why?
Colossians 1:1a Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.

If Paul's will (not God's will) was being done for the rest of his life, he would have been persecuting and killing Christians, he would have been applauded by the religious leaders of the day, and he would have been heralded by most of the people....right up to the point of his death....where he would have spent eternity in hell.

Paul had a zeal for God, but it was misdirection and confusion. You could safely say that Satan deceived him, and veiled him from the Truth.
2Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
After Paul's “experience” on the road to Damascus, could he have said, “thanks but no thanks” to God. I would think that (just like us) Paul would have had the free will to except or reject The Truth after he had been exposed to it; after all, it is God's desire that all be saved, yet most aren't.
2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Matthew 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
A friend of mine recently made the comment, “we are not saved by our theology”. In other words, we are not saved by our Biblical knowledge. Paul is a great example of that fact. There was none more zealous for God than Paul, but he was deceived, and well on his way down the broad road.....until....

Until Jesus entered his life. Paul could have still rejected Jesus, but instead, he was surrendered to Him and obedient to Him. It was no longer “Paul's will” for Paul's life; it was “God's will” for Paul's life.

Colossians 1:1a Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,

It is God's desire that none should perish, but all have eternal life. The question is; who's will is guiding your life? Is it your will OR God's will?

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