To will, means to be
motivated, to determine, to resolve, to force, to exercise self-control,
sovereign. And that is exactly what God
possesses mastery of, in all of eternity, both future and past.
In every detail, no
matter how small or great, God is the sovereign authority and power to
determine what is or is not going to occur at any given moment in time.
18 So then He has mercy
[blessing, discernment] on whom He desires, and He hardens [blindness,
discipline] whom He desires. NASB
Jesus Christ controls
history. He causes life and He removes
it from this earth. And, He does it in
accordance with the Fathers divine plan (the Divine Decrees or the master blueprints
of history), without hesitation, or deviation of any kind, from the
He willed for the life
of Abraham to occur in his day. God knew
the decisions that Abraham would make.
He willed for the nation of Israel to occur in their time. He foresaw their decision to veer away from
the truth of the scriptures, and thus forfeit their opportunity to bring the
scriptures to the world.
The dispensation of
Israel was interrupted in order to allow the gentile nations to take up the
lead in promoting the gospel and doctrine to the world, and thus the
dispensation of the Church Age was decreed in eternity past.
Kept hidden throughout
all of the ages, and why?Because there
was going to be a time in history when empires would rule, always warned
through active prophecy, and then there was going to be a time in history when
doctrine in the written form alone would be used to guide history, through the
dark ages, to the enlightened ages, to the age of technology.
Christ in you, is the key to history, and to the life of each
individual. Christ is the living
person. Christ is also the written
word. Christ in you,
is both the person of Jesus Christ as God, indwelling each and every believer, as
well as doctrine indwelling each individual person who takes upon themselves to
learn its secrets.
With each and every
reading of the scriptures, with each and every moment of contemplation of the
scriptures, new secrets are revealed.
I have often said that
reading the Bible alone will do nothing for you. Satan can read the scriptures, and in fact he
knows them all by heart, but they do nothing for him.
We read all of the In the beginnings…, all of the begats,
all of the baby Jesus stories and they teach us what? Nothing. That is, as far as the academics of their information
But, and this is a big
but (don t look behind you).If you have
believed in Christ, and are therefore saved, and if you maintain your spiritual
status in fellowship, and read the Bible, or are taught from some authoritative
source of scripture, then, and I repeat, then, there comes into play in your
life a masterful secret, which the world cannot ever discover. And that secret is the content, the power,
the revelation that is inside the scriptures, ready to burst forth within your
You have seen Sci-fi
movies where the aliens send a signal to earth, and someone discovers a hidden
code within that signal, and then they decode it and discover whatever message
is inside, and so forth.
Where do you think
those writers of movies got their idea?From doctrine.
God has had a hidden
code inside doctrine forever, but that code is not in letters or numbers or
sequences in the Bible, it is in the revelation which is supernatural, and
revealed by the Holy Spirit, when doctrine channels through your human spirit,
and then into your soul.
Gods code is spiritual,
not an academic algorithm.
You can explain
something that is clear as day to yourself, but an unbeliever or an out of
fellowship believer just cannot figure it out.
And the reason they cannot figure it out is because they lack the code
breaker or translator, if you will, which is the Holy Spirit in control of the
soul of the believer in fellowship.
Why do celebrities,
successful people, wealthy people, people of society and prominence seem to
make screwball decisions, and yet they can be successful in the world? Because they may have book smarts, street
smarts driven by their sin natures, which aid them in the jungle activities of
life, but they lack the spiritual attributes, which allow them to see the real
secrets of life.