Understanding the 4 Wills of God in the Bible
There are four different types of wills. They are the Perfect (preferred), Proscribed (revealed), Predetermined, and Divination. Each has its own unique characteristics. Understanding these types will help us know God and His plan. You can use these to your advantage by understanding the ways He works.
Perfect (preferred) Will
The perfect will of God is the divine plan that He has for your life. It requires patience and trust in God. You must also understand His works so you can accept the blessings that He has in store for you. God wants to give you the best in life, and if you wait patiently, you will see that the challenges you face are only temporary.
The Perfect (preferred) Will of God is not the same as the “Proscribed” or “Predetermined” Will of God. The perfect will of God is good, spiritually mature, and what He desires for us. God is the only one who can change the world, and He always knows what He wants. But our free will often leads us to reject God’s “perfect” will.
The Holy Spirit is gentle, but can’t force you to do something that is against your will. For example, the Israelites wanted a king because they had seen other nations have kings. They asked for one, but the Most High gave them a king, Saul. This was the permissive will of God, and Israel did not get the blessings that God had intended.
Proscribed (revealed) Will
The Bible contains two versions of the phrase “Proscribed (revealed) Will of the Lord.” Understanding both versions is important for understanding God’s sovereignty. He forbids some things and commands others. It is important to recognize what he does not command, and then to understand whether or not it is right to do these things.
The will of God is a powerful, authoritative decree. While God doesn’t directly cause things, His decrees contribute to the fulfillment of his desires. Sometimes, these decrees are indirect. As a result, God must permit certain things, and these can be either good or bad.
For example, King Saul was censured twice for doing things he wasn’t supposed to. Likewise, his son Uzzah was killed for touching the Ark of the Covenant. David later identified the problem by saying, “We didn’t consult with God.” This means that the will of God was not followed properly.
Predetermination is a doctrine that states that God’s plan for salvation is predetermined beforehand. It can also be referred to as theological determination. The term predestination is used in six places in the Bible. All of the scriptures pertaining to predestination teach that God’s decree is final and governs everything that occurs in the universe. The doctrine of predetermination is a powerful argument for God’s sovereignty. It also illustrates the riches of free grace and the just displeasure of God with sin.
This doctrine is closely connected to Calvinism. It states that God is sovereign over all, and that He predetermines who He will call to be saved or lost. As a result, we are not able to change God’s predetermined will. In other words, God has chosen to save and condemn mankind, and no one can boast about their salvation or reject it.
This concept is also reflected in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, there are many instances of predetermined events that happen. For example, God told Noah that He would send a flood 120 years later. In the same way, Daniel was told that the Messiah would die during the middle of the 70th week. In the New Testament, God revealed to the apostle John that the date of the sixth trumpet was predetermined, down to the minute and hour. Jesus also taught that His Father set these dates of His will by His own authority.
Divination was practiced in many different cultures throughout history. There were many different methods of divination, including the use of signs, objects, and movements. These methods were categorized into three types: natural, impersonal, and artificial. Ancient Greek and Roman writers described divination and categorically categorized its various methods.
The Bible does not specifically condemn divination, but the authors do condemn the practice of false divination. In the Old Testament, the prophet considers himself the spokesman of the god Yahweh and began his oracles with the words “Thus says Yahweh.” Greek and Roman mantises were believed to be capable of working in an ecstatic state, and the prophets of the time tended to be female.
There are several examples of divination in the Bible. In Ge 44:5, a man named Joseph is shown to have practiced hydromancy. Other cases of implicitly-approved divination include Gideon’s fleece, and Jonathan’s decision to attack the Philistines based on the words he hears.