What is The Will of God?
Not every one that saith unto me, “Lord, Lord”, shall. enter into The Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father Which is in Heaven.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing: that with The Lord one day with us here on Earth is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering (patient) toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to knowledge of Him in repentance.
But y’all the Day of The Lord will come as a thief in the night it shall sneak upon us, in which The Heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.
The Earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
“Then I saw ‘a new Heaven and a new Earth,’ for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea…”
What must we do to stand ‘right’ continually?
Do God’s Will! Amen
“What does the phrase ‘new Heavens and new Earth ’ 2 Peter 3:13 mean?”
There are two views concerning the meaning of the phrase, “new Heavens and new Earth.”
The ‘seen’ shall cease to be, Amen
“But your dead will live, LORD; their bodies will rise– let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy– your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.”
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
“Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
The phrase ‘new Heavens and new Earth ’ means a “renewed Earth,” or it is a figurative expression for “Heaven ” itself. For Earth is where Eons of believers have been; over Millenia.
We dare ask; where will billions upon billions exist? A new Heaven and a new Earth shall be combined. ‘Space’ is no concept in the spiritual; “the ‘seen and unseen’. We are made aware of ‘levels’ in the Spiritual realm.
The closest thing Scripture says to there being different levels of heaven is found in 2 Corinthians 12:2, “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.” Some interpret this as indicating that there are three different levels of heaven: a level for “super-committed Christians” or Christians who have obtained a high level of spirituality, a level for “ordinary” Christians, and a level for Christians who did not serve God faithfully. This view has no basis in Scripture.
Paul is not saying that there are three heavens or even three levels of heaven. In many ancient cultures, people used the term heaven to describe three different “realms”—the sky, outer space, and then a spiritual heaven. Paul was saying that God took him to the “spiritual” heaven—the realm beyond the physical universe where God dwells. The concept of different levels of heaven may have come in part from Dante’s The Divine Comedy in which the poet describes both heaven and hell as having nine different levels. The Divine Comedy, however, is a fictional work. The idea of different levels of heaven is foreign to Scripture.
Scripture does speak of different rewards in heaven. Jesus said regarding rewards, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12). Since Jesus will be distributing rewards on the basis of what we have done, we can safely say that there will be a time of reward for believers and that the rewards will differ somewhat from person to person.
Only those works that survive God’s refining fire have eternal value and will be worthy of reward. Those valuable works are referred to as “gold, silver, and costly stones” (1 Corinthians 3:12) and are those things that are built upon the foundation of faith in Christ. Those works that will not be rewarded are called “wood, hay, and stubble”; these are not evil deeds but shallow activities with no eternal value. Rewards will be distributed at the “judgment seat of Christ,” a place where believers’ lives will be evaluated for the purpose of rewards. “Judgment” of believers never refers to punishment for sin. Jesus Christ was punished for our sin when He died on the cross, and God said about us: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). What a glorious thought! The Christian need never fear punishment, but can look forward to crowns of reward that he can cast at the feet of the Savior. In conclusion, there are not different levels of heaven, but there are different levels of reward in heaven.
We at present have a limited ‘view’ of Satan, our adversary in the spiritual – which we all are. Bodies are temporal, spirits are eternal. We decide where we shall be.
‘Satan is a horrible creature’ we are made to believe, the father of all lies has told a cunning one.
‘He is repulsive to look at, horns, tail, pitchfork etc.’ This is the picture of Satan that we are most familiar with.
If we actually look at Scripture – infallible evidence! Into what the Bible says about Satan, we see that nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact this is a very dangerous misrepresentation. In Ezekiel 28:12-19 we have a true picture of Satan. “You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty . . . You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you . . . you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created.”
This sounds nothing like the typical image of Satan that many people have. He was in fact an anointed cherub. He sat in heaven, a being of the highest rank and exalted position. Created by God as the “seal of perfection.”
We can know from Scripture that Satan is truly king (notice once again I use “k” lower case) of this world.
How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.(Isaiah 14:12-15)
This is probably the most detailed account of Satan’s rebellion in the Bible. One thing to notice here, in Satan’s own words, is his desire to “make [him]self like the Most High.” Of course, that’s impossible! Why?
Author-ity: Where Does It Come From?
If you think about the word “authority,” it comes from the word “author.” We know from Genesis 1 that God is the Author of the entire universe (including Satan himself)! Remember, Satan is an angel, created by God. Satan is not divine. He is not God’s equal. The closest Satan comes to being an author is by twisting what God has done, and turning it into sin. He’s the author of lies.
“All authority comes from God, and those in position of authority have been placed there by God” (Romans 13:1).
I take this to refer to human authority. Now, notice what Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 28: “All authority in Heaven and Earth has been given to…” who? Me! Therefore, no authority that God has given has been given to Satan. So any authority that Satan exercises was taken, not given. He is, by definition, unauthorized!
What Kind of Authority Does Satan Exercise?
Jesus referred to him as “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and Paul calls him “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). John makes a further distinction when he says: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). These references leave us with the question: In what sense does Satan “rule” the world?
The Bible frequently uses “the world” or “this world” to refer to the present evil system of opposition to God. So, the Bible never teaches that Satan actually rules over the entire world, but that he is ruler over the current system of sinful opposition to God. In other words, he’s leading the rebellion against God.
Satan’s Limited Authority
The book of Job gives further insight into the limited nature of Satan’s power. Satan came before God with other heavenly beings (Job 1:6), and God asked him where he had been (1:7). Satan tells him, and God asks if he knows about his servant, Job (1:8). Satan challenges God, saying he’s put a hedge around him and blessed him, and he asks God to take away the hedge, threatening that if he did, Job would curse God to his face (1:10-11). God removes the hedge of blessing around Job’s life, but restricts Satan’s activity.
It is clear from this that Satan could do only what God had given him permission to do, and nothing more. Job was certainly a believer, but there is no reason to think that Satan somehow has unrestricted authority over unbelievers. This Scripture tells us the reason that Satan has any authority at all, because God allows it to be so…for now.
Many religious groups advocate the doctrine of premillennialism. There are, however, different forms of premillennialism. For instance, The Watchtower Society, the Seventh-day Adventists, and many Protestant denominations, hold to some form of millennialism. Yet they have significant differences between them.
Although it is not our intent to deal with the theory of premillennialism extensively, we note that those who believe in that dogma envision the “new heavens and new Earth ” as a literal Earth, cleansed by fire.
Consider what Peter wrote.
First, the “Heavens and Earth” of the present are reserved for fire against the “day of judgment” (2 Pet. 3:7).
Second, the Judgment will come unexpectedly and suddenly. The Heavens and Earth will pass away with a great noise, the elements will dissolve with fervent heat, and the Earth and its works shall be consumed (2 Pet. 3:10,12).
Third, after the Judgment, there will be the “new Heavens and new Earth.” Earth is the “dwelling place of man.”
Notice what Peter did not say. He did not say that the Earth would be refurbished to be an Earthly paradise. He did not say that The Lord would reign upon The Earth, when we speak “Earth” we envision what we currently exist in. In reviewing original data in the text. The dwelling place(s) of Man and existence in the spiritual are markedly different. That is a whole discussion on it’s own.
He did not say that anyone would inhabit Earth after the Second Coming. No biblical writer affirms any of these ideas.
The “Heavenly” View
Consistent with New Testament teaching concerning “final things,” the phrase “new Heavens and new Earth ” stands for the saved environment, following the Judgment Day; this environment is more commonly called “Heaven ” (Mt. 6:19-20).
John wrote, “And I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth: for the first Heaven and the first Earth are passed away; and the sea is no more” (Rev. 21:1).
The expression “Heaven and Earth” stands for a place of existence — our familiar environment, i.e., land and sky. But what John saw was not the first Heaven and Earth. It was gone. So, he describes, in symbolic fashion, the place of the realm of the saved, where they shall reign “for ever and ever” — not a mere 1,000 years.
This environment of the saved is simply Heaven. Paul wrote that our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20). The apostle also said that we have one hope, and that our hope is in Heaven (Eph. 4:4; Col. 1:5).
In every respect, Heaven will be characterized by newness. It is a place never before inhabited by Christians. It is the first time the saved, in a glorified state, will be in the very presence of God — face to face (cf. 1 Jn. 3:2; Rev. 22:4). Moses was blessed with this!
“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11).
BUT mind you, even though Moses was a ‘friend’ to God, he was still human and mortal. He disobeyed God!
To take a ‘short’ walk:
from Entering Holy Land?
In the Bible, Moses is forbidden to enter the promised land after disobeying God’s command. God clearly commands Moses to speak to the rock, and the water would pour out to feed the children of Israel.
But instead, Moses became angry and frustrated due to the Israelites constant complaining and whining. So Moses struck the rock with his staff, and the water poured out.
Why Did This Anger God?
This angered God because God specifically commanded Moses to simply speak to the rock. Instead, Moses disobeyed and struck the rock with his staff. Just like it may frustrate you if you specifically tell someone to do one thing, and they do another. In this same manner, it angered God.
The reason this is such a big deal is because God is trying to prove a point to the Israelites. He is trying to prove that He will provide for their needs, and they only need to have faith in His word. Moses neglected to give God the glory for providing water for the Israelites. Instead, out of anger, Moses appeared to be the one who could bring it forth. He took some of God’s glory by disobeying His commands.
This mistake by Moses caused him to never enter the promised land. Instead, God only allowed him to see the land before he died. However, many centuries later, Moses was allowed to be with Christ during the transfiguration of Christ. So eventually Moses did get the experience of being there.
Important Lesson to Learn:
God’s commands and words are to be taken literally and seriously. We suffer grave consequences when we disobey. You cannot obey God without receiving some kind of blessing, and you cannot disobey God without receiving some negative consequence. Moses disobeyed God, and was not able to enter the land he spent the 40 years of his life working to enter.
Are you disobeying God right now? Are you living in obedience to His word? Have you accepted Christ to be your Lord? If not, I beg you to put your trust in Christ.
Y’all, what needs to be done needs to be done!
Now, returning to our main diatribe; we will exist in a new Kingdom!
This new state, where sin and death are no more, will be the eternal abode of the saved when the Lord returns, and the living are caught up with the redeemed of all ages to be with the Lord forever (cf. 1 Thes. 4:13-18).
“So pray to The Lord Who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.”
“God willing” is an English expression often used to indicate that the speaker hopes that his or her actions are those that are willed by God, or that it is in accordance with God’s will that some desired event will come to pass, or that some negative event will not come to
pass. God’s Plan (disambiguation)
This acquired freedom for “obedience and faith” as “free will”, being “free indeed” (i.e., true freedom) comes by “God’s changing our nature” to freeus from being “slaves to sin.” and endowing us with “the freedom to choose to be righteous.”