The Father’s Will
“Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver (rescue) us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” Galatians 1:4.
A light is thrown on what the will of God for us who have come to believe in Christ Jesus for the salvation of our souls is. This is revealed to mankind in the eternal work Jesus did on the cross: He gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world. This is the will of God for us, even our deliverance from the present evil world.
It will be contradictorily absurd that Christ whose death on the cross is purposed to rescue our souls from this evil world is also our weapon for gaining this particular evil world. Christ’s death gives those who believe in Him the hope of a new and better world to come, where righteousness and peace dwell. Christ’s word on the cross is not a price paid on behalf of any man for possessing this world which is reserved for destruction by fire in the end.
It costs just only one thing to gain the whole kingdom of this world and all its glory. The price is so dear that it will cost man the whole of his soul. Satan demanded the same from Jesus in the wilderness of temptation. “All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9) This is the only condition The Devil gave the Son of God, if He will gain the world. He, the Devil, will not bend the rule for us either. Whoever will gain the world will have to give to the Devil quality worship. He, the Devil, will not be satisfied with just a bow. He requests for a falling face down in worship to give the world and all its glory to whoever he will. It does not take Jesus to gain the world as we are made to believe by some ministers of Satan who transform themselves to minister of God. It takes just a falling down on worship of the Devil.
Jesus says in words of prayer in John 17:9, “I do not pray for the world.” This evil world is not worthy to receive the blessings of the Lord in Prayer, for it abides under a curse of destruction. “They are not of the world.” This Jesus said concerning His disciples. One of the requirements for being a disciple of Christ without deceiving oneself is renunciation of one’s worldly citizenship. We cannot hold dual citizenship on the way to the paradise of God. When we renounce our citizenship here, we forfeit all the inheritance we here as a result. Then, we are given the citizenship of Heaven and the inheritance of the saints in lights is delivered to us.
The desire to gain the world exposes the depth of corruption in a heart that abides yet in enmity against God. The world and all that is in it is not of the Father, but of the Devil. (I John 2:15-16) The Father does not give anyone things which are not His. As a good Father, our God does not give us the world that passes away into destruction. Rather, He promises us a city which has foundation; a kingdom which cannot be moved. (Hebrews 12:28)
Let us beware in our advocating that God is willing to deliver this world into the hands of those who believe in Christ Jesus. I have asked many people to show me where it is promised in the scriptures that the death of Christ on the cross opens the door of financial or material wealth to those who believes, but none has been able to. We are called to preach, not this evil world, but the world to come. We are given the exclusive right to preach the world to come. The world to come is put in subjection to us and not even to the angels who excel in might. But because men who are carnally by nature cannot walk with God patiently by faith, they cast away the message of the world to come and replace it with the world which is now. Man prefers what is seen to that which is unseen. Those who preach this world are the descendants of Simon the sorcerer and they will not escape the judgement to come.
If any man promises you the whole kingdom of this world under the deception that Christ has given you dominion over it all, know by discernment the spirit working in such a man. It is the same spirit that worked in the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Do you forget what was promised? “You will be like God!” Did they become like God? They only became the opposite; fallen like the Devil who deceived them. (Genesis 3) Jesus Christ is the way out of this present evil world to the Father. The Kingdom of God is not in food and drink, but in righteousness and true holiness. If Jesus rejected such a fantastic offer that came unprovoked from the father of those preachers, the Devil, we are called to follow our Lord’s footstep. Do you see that Jesus did not have to fast, pray or give a seed faith offering to receive the kingdom of this world? They spiritualize it in other to deceive you into believing what they are giving you is of God. They merchandise the ways of God and monetize the things which are freely given by God.
Have you ever thoughtfully considered this question: who can gain the world? Jesus Christ told us what becomes of His disciples in this wicked world. He told them they will have sorrow in this world. Apostle Paul also wrote to Timothy that any one who will live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. This world and its system have been defeated by Christ. We are expected to overcome the world and its system as Christ did. The promise of eternal life is not for those who gain the world, but for those who overcome as Christ overcame. This is the summary of the whole revelation of John on Patmos. (Revelation 2, 3)
If Apostle Paul was called to know the will of the Father, we also are called to know nothing less. (Acts 22:14) Praying for His will has been our daily recitation over the years, but it is evident little of His will we know. We must get things right here before it will be too late. Salvation in Christ is not about this present world, but about that which is to come. God is giving us a Kingdom which cannot be removed, the foundation of which is laid by God Himself.
As God's servants, we are expected to know the Father's will and to do it, although doing it to the best of our ability itself does not take us to a level of spiritual ascendancy where we become super christians. Our obedience takes us to the place of submission to our Father as unprofitable servants. (Luke 12 : 47) That is what it means to walk the faithway home to the Father of spirits.(Luke 17: 10) Desire you the Father’s will? Approach Him with a believing heart without a secretary between you and God. He will reveal what His perfect will is to you. Shalom!
PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR,
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE Read more articles by Wole Oladapo or search for other articles by topic below.
Mat 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done...Jesus is the perfect example of following the Father's will. If we follow the example of Christ we can't go wrong pleasing God. Thanks for sharing. God bless you.