What is the will of God for me? That’s not a bad question. Like so many others, it isn’t the question that is the problem, but where we go for the answers. The Bible the source for finding out what the will of God is. He tells us plainly. There are four main points.
- God wants all people around the world to learn about him and how he saved the world in Jesus.
- If you are a Christian, that is not an accident. That was all part of God’s plan for you.
- God wants us to love our God and our neighbor – and we are to love ourselves. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
- Finally, this goes back to the first point, but we are to NOT be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus. It is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
The question has been asked, how do we know that these points are true? We can know for certain because the Bible claims that it is true. That’s preposterous, you say! That’s circular reasoning, you say! That it is. It’s delightful. The Spirit has convinced me and every other Christian that it is so.
If everything is that straight forward, what’s the problem? Well, not everyone believes this. The Lutheran church believes that the Scripture is the norma normans. That is the norming norm. The Bible is the ruler to measure everything else. The Lutheran Confessions are the norma normata. That is the norm that is normed. In other words, the Lutheran confessions were written using the Bible as a ruler so they are faithful as well. There are other sources of information. As they say, even a blind squirrel find a nut once in a while. The Apostle Paul did quote a secular poet in his letter once. That doesn’t mean EVERYTHING that poet said was worth hearing.
Want to hear more? …including how other tribes of Christianity break down God’s will? Watch this week’s lesson from our series, The Will of God. You can ask, What is the will of God for me?
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