The Will of the Father

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Doing the will of the father is the key to entering into the kingdom of heaven according to Jesus. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus stated “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

Who can honestly say at any, and I mean any moment, that he or she is doing the will of the Father?  Many of those who claim to be Christians do not even have much of an idea of what God’s will is.  Doing the will of the Father implies knowing what the will of the Father is.

What is the will of the father? . . . Well, how about “being holy as He is holy”, that is His will, right?  Ask yourself this question: “Are you as holy as God?”  That is what He requires. What about God not being willing that any should perish but that all repent?  How shall they hear unless you or I preach?  What about you, are you a preacher of the Gospel?  Do you obey the great commission?  Do you love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind?  I said, with all your heart, soul and mind.  . . . No?  Yet that is what God commands.

How can any of us enter into the kingdom of heaven with these kinds of requirements?  You may argue that of course God does not expect us to be perfect.  I agree, although He does command us to be perfect.  So now, we have a dilemma.  How much perfection is enough?  How good is good enough?

If we rightly say that God does not look at our own righteousness or works for our salvation, but those of Christ, we should then admit that our salvation would not be lost, based on our performance if God looks at Christ’s works and not ours.  Because if we do not, then we must admit that at some point God no longer considers Christ’s work and begins to consider our own work, and that there is a certain line that if passed, will cause us to forfeit our salvation.  And unless we can define that line or limit, then we are no better off that the Catholics, who hope that they are good enough to be saved but never expect to ever be able to know if they are saved or not.

You see, if the maintenance of our salvation is up to us, then there must be a measurable defining point beyond which we can know if we are “in” or “out” of eternal life. If the Lord is not wholly responsible to keep us saved, then we must be able to answer the question: what sin or sins or whatever, is effective to exclude us from eternal life. This is no small matter. It is a matter of life or death, more exactly of eternal life or eternal damnation.  There is no other need more important or urgent than this.

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  1. Billy Hughes says:

    It is not a matter of having an obligation to show good works as evidence of salvation. It is, instead, the desire of a grateful heart to eagerly pursue opportunities to do good works, for which we were created. “We are His workmanship, created for good works in Christ.” However, I Corinthians 13 tells us that all the good works that a person can do amount to nothing without love. And what (or more accurately Who) is love? Jesus is love. So, first you seek Jesus, because you are drawn by the Father, and when you are I in relationship with Jesus you begin manifesting the new creation that has been birthed within you. Works, therefore, are the natural product of the regenerated person. ():o)

    • vinebrancher says:

      Billy, everything in your comment is correct, but what we are trying to establish here is what happens when a Christian fails to produce good works and just what constitues how many good works are required, if any, to be saved.

      • Billy Hughes says:

        Thank you for correcting my course on this. ():o)

        I believe that it is conceivable that a Christian can fail to produce good works. The ways this could happen, as I see it, include these:
        (1) A new Christian is not nurtured and mentored to grow up in Christ
        (2) A new or immature Christian either doesn’t understand (the birds take the seed from the road) or shrinks back from the task (weeds choke out the produce of the good seed) because of misunderstanding concerning where the strength and inspiration come from (the Holy Spirit and not the person themself).
        (3) A mature Christian encounters a tragedy involving an idol that has not been given over to Christ. The Christian can, in that case, harbor resentment and the root of bitterness, which reduces or completely neutralizes any effectiveness for the kingdom (the good works).
        With that said, The Word says that every branch that does not produce fruit is broken off. This indicates, to me, a breaking of the fellowship with God. However, if I understand another passage correctly, the person’s wroks will be tried by fire, and if they are wood, hay, and stubble, they will be destroyed, and the person will be saved, but will be as one who has escaped from a fire and is empty handed.

        One of Jesus’ parables also talks about an unfruitful tree, and about the vinedresser petitioning for it not to be removed just yet, to allow for a chance to kick start the process. So it appears to me that the desire on the part of the Lord is for success, even in a reluctant disciple (He is long suffering and desires that none should perish… ) I also see that while all the ability, power, inspiration, admonission and encouragement come from the Lord, a person’s will plays a crucial role in whether that person produces good works or not. Surrender to the Holy Spirit, or surrender to King Me is the decision that determines the outcome.

        Now, for the second part, how many good works are required to be saved, that is a much shorter and simpler one to answer. No works can ever save a person from the consequence reserved for the devil and his angels. Because it is not works, but relationship that saves. As I heard it put one time, it’s not who you are, but who’s you are. The good works are a result of that relationship, not the tender to buy it. We are saved to good works, which have been prepared beforehand. But good works will never save anyone.

        Did I stay closer to the track that time? I am open and eager for any correction in my understanding of the Gospel or fine (or coarse) tuning of my reasoning in this subject. I desire to be a workman who is not ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. ():o)

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