The will of God refers to His ultimate resolve and purpose for the universe. As it relates to man, God will and man’s free will may be seen in two ways: (1) the perfect will of God; (2) the permissive will of God. In the book of Jonah, God gave His servant Jonah the command to go to Ninevah, exercised His free will to travel in the opposite direction. God permitted this, but controlled circumstances, with the result that Jonah end up in Nianevah, doing exactly what God had willed. Had he just done as commanded initially, he would have been doing God’s perfect will. In the story of job, the Lord’s will was to bless Job for his uprighttness and diligent worship and fear of God. He in His divine sovereignty, however, He permitted Satan within limits to bring calamity upon Job and upon his house. But after all of this, when Job had withstood the test of his faithfulness, the Lord blessed Job even more abundantly than He had done previously. The issue here is God’s sovereignty and his permitting the enemy to afflict us, but the end result will always be blessing of the latter half more than the first” for the believer.
God’s judicial will towards man is expressed in His commandments (see Exodus 20 for these).God’s punitive will relative to sin and its consequences is found in Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The will of God is always towards the benefit and what is best for mankind ideally, in the perfect will of God, all men would repent, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the provision for their sin, and not perish, but have everlasting life: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Here, the word “will” probably more closely means “earnest, heartfelt desire”. However because of man’s free will, and God’s permissive will to allow man to choose, not all men will accept God’s gracious offer of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ, and not all will be saved.
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