Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, (1 Cor 1:1, KJV)
Something I find interesting about the above passage is that "to be" is acctually supplied by the translater. It should read "Paul, called an apostle of Jesus Christ..." because that's exactly what he was. That's exactly what anyone is who shared the good news (Gospel) message with others. But that is not what this is about. What we want to talk about here is the "will of God". What is it and how to we obtain it? We'll keep this short.
We've read it time and time again; "the will of God". We pray for it. Jesus told us to pray for it; "thy will be done", but what really is it? Have you asked what God's will really is and how it can be applied to our lives? We study and study all the deep hard questions, but sometimes it's good to get a little of the water along with the oil.
be not conformed to this world...be transformed by the renewing of your mind... prove what that good, acceptable, perfect, will of God is (Romans 12:2)
The will of God is meant to deliver those who will come to Him from the sins of this world and our own sin!
who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father; (Galatians 1:4, RSV)
It is in service of the heart that we are doing the will of God. David did the will of God by leading Israel. As servents of Christ, we are doing the will of God.
not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, (Ephesians 6:6)
But what does it mean? How is it we are to stand perfect and complete (Col 4:12) in ALL the will of God?
For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from [sin] fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
Okay, so we're supposed to abstain from sin and be holy. But how?
The will of God in Jesus Christ concerning you: (1 Thes 5:8)
(16) Rejoice evermore
(17) Pray without ceasing
(19) Quence not the Spirit
(20) Despise not prophesyings
(21) Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good!
(22) Abstain from the appearance of evil.
(23) GOD will sanctify you (This is the promise!)
It's not going to happen over night for many. Most will require patience in order to receive of that promise
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:36, KJV)
But by doing the will of God, the wisdom of God is able to work through you to close the mouths of those who speak foolish things. Doing the will of God will silence the ignorance of foolish men.
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: (1 Peter 2:15, KJV)
It is also better to suffer for doing the will of God than to not suffer for evil (1 Peter 3:17)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. (1 Peter 4:1-2, KJV)
Those who suffer to the will of God; to rejoice, pray, quench not His Holy Spirit, to not despise prophesyings, but to prove all things and hold fast to that which is true, to abstain from the appearance of evil; these are those who will receive of the promise of God, to be sanctified by His Spirit and end up keeiping their souls (1 Peter 4:19). And as the world passes away with its desires of the flesh, it is those who do the will of God who will live forever. Amen! (1 John 2:17)