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Understanding the Authoritative Will of God and More...
1) The Authoritative Will of God
Referencing of course to God’s declared and irresistible voice of decision and command. This is reflected in the book of Genesis when God commanded and creation followed. It is also reflected in the book of Jonah when God forcibly moved the unwilling prophet to preach to the people of Nineveh. God’s Authoritative Will can and does override the free will of man.
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2) The Preceptive Will of God
Referencing God’s legal expectations concerning men and their behavior both toward one another and toward Himself. It involves those things that God disallows as well as those things within the range of God’s legal expectation. Unlike the Authoritative Will of God, the God’s Preceptive Will does not override the free will of man – although eventual judgment will accompany man’s failure to submit to the Preceptive Will of God.
3) The Dispositional Will of God
Relates to God’s emotions. It speaks of God’s will that his creation be pleasing to Himself. In 1-Kings 3:5-10, King Solomon requests that God give him wisdom. The Scripture says that, “…the speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.” Therein we see that when men act according to God’s Disposition Will, our Creator responds with blessings and honor.
Thus when reading the text from Second Peter, we must always bear in mind the three aspects associated with the will of God, therein enabling ourselves to rightly divine meaning from the text. Although God oversees all things, not all things are governed by the authoritative will of God.
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