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Does God have a secret will or multiple wills?

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May 20th, 2015 | Filed Under: Author, Free Will, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A0 Comments | Author:

Hello E_____,

You asked:

I’ve heard about this supposed “secret will” and “multiple wills” before. It is true that we do not know the exact details of what will happen tomorrow.

(Jas 4:13 NKJV) Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
(Jas 4:14 NKJV) whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

However, God does tell us exactly what will happen to us and this world in the end, along with his overall plans and purpose. Christians today do not believe that God is going to save all men, so they have to find a way to explain verses like this.

(1Ti 2:3 NKJV) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
(1Ti 2:4 NKJV) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

They create this idea of different “wills” to explain how God can desire to do something, but not do it, or that we can resist his will and not “choose” salvation. This confusing idea of multiple wills is caused by a belief in man’s free will that can supposedly resist God.

What do the scriptures say?

(Rom 9:18 NKJV) Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
(Rom 9:19 NKJV) You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

(Isa 46:10 NKJV) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

We cannot resist His will and God will do ALL his pleasure. What God desires He does, always.

(Isa 55:11 NKJV) So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

(Eph 1:11 NKJV) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

This verse in Deuteronomy is talking about the secret things that were not yet revealed at that time in the Old Testament.

(Deu 29:29 NKJV) “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

The mystery of God’s will is revealed in the New Testament through Christ.

(Col 1:25 NKJV) of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
(Col 1:26 NKJV) the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
(Col 1:27 NKJV) To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

We now KNOW the mystery that was hidden for ages. This verse is often quoted to support this idea of God’s will not being known.

(1Co 2:9 NKJV) But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”

Yet, they don’t quote the next verse.

(1Co 2:10 NKJV) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

God quite clearly reveals his will to us, yes, even the DEEP things of God. The deep things of God are not the exact details of what will happen tomorrow. The deep things of God are the understanding of the process that he is putting us through and will put all of mankind through in due time to save all men. When we are given the faith to believe the Word and eyes to see, we know exactly what God is doing and why he is doing it.

We are given the mind of Christ and are in the process of becoming one with Christ and the Father.

(1Co 2:16 NKJV) For “WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Your Brother in Christ,
Mitch

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