BY the WILL of GOD




“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 1:1)



Sovereignty of will is the prerogative of God. Thus the exercise of all other “wills” is within the sphere of limitation, subject to HIS WILL. It is utterly impossible to operate any will outside of the ultimate, over-all circle of the will of God. If there be any power than can operate its own will against the will of God, and gain an eternal victory over God’s will, then obviously God is not the omnipotent God which we know Him to be. Therefore, because He is totally sovereign, whatever happens within the workings of creation, has to ultimately be used to work out the furtherance of His plan of the ages, and while we are unable with finite minds to comprehend all of His purposes, we rightly conclude that He doeth all things well, and in due time we shall see more clearly that “I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 14:23)


“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”  (Rom. 9:16) It is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God’s mercy and grace working within us. It was thus with Paul, while he was still called Saul, in direct opposition to the truth and light in Jesus Christ, “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord,” and on his way to Damascus to persecute some more, when suddenly the sovereign will of God arrested him in the way, and he was called to become “an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God.” Not of man, neither by men, this was a commission by the will of God.


To build for “man” you need the approval of, and the ordination by man. But to become a “labourer together with God,” (1 Cor. 3:9), you are apprehended by the sovereign will of God. “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” (John 15:16), for “no man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him.” (John 6:44), and therefore “we love Him, because He first loved us.” (John 4:19) It is all by the will of God.





















BY the WILL of GOD [Ray Prinzing]          1

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