GOD'S WORD® Translation But the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD's glory like the water covers the sea. In a future article I want to look at what it might mean further to “be filled with the knowledge of His will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding “. There was no changing it, and Jesus bowed and said, “Here’s my request, but you do what is best to do.” That’s the sovereign will of God. So I conclude from these and many other passages of the Bible that there are two ways of talking about the will of God. His aim is that we be transformed, sanctified, freed by the truth of his revealed word (John 8:32; 17:17). But, oh, so many do not obey. But for reasons I don’t yet fully understand, he didn’t.”. John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. But many do not do this will of God. Because not all do the will of God. First, God’s will of command is revealed with final, decisive authority only in the Bible. If you can’t find it, that may mean you should change jobs. And he commands some of the things he hinders. Frame’s The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God is more challenging than some of his later works, including his Systematic Theology which also addresses the knowledge of God. His aim is that we be transformed, sanctified, freed by the truth of his revealed word (John 8:32; 17:17). In fact, knowing the difference between these two meanings of “the will of God” is crucial to understanding one of the biggest and most perplexing things in all the Bible, namely, that God is sovereign over all things and yet disapproves of many things. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12:34–36). We’re on a mission to change that. Herod, Pilate, the soldiers, the Jewish leaders — they all sinned in fulfilling God’s will that his Son be crucified (Isaiah 53:10). It was during the time of Paul’s first imprisonment that he wrote to the church at Colossae. Not just our external behavior, but the way we feel and think — our minds. Now, which of these is meant in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The answer surely is that Paul is referring to God’s will of command. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. And pray that the Spirit of Christ would make you so new that the spillover would be good, acceptable, and perfect — the will of God. Not just some good works. And you need the Holy Spirit to lead you into Christ-exalting truth and to work in you truth-embracing humility. Or a thousand other choices you must make. Without the renewed mind, we will distort the Scriptures to avoid their radical commands for self-denial, and love, and purity, and supreme satisfaction in Christ alone. Finally, the third stage of God’s will of command is the vast majority of living where there is no conscious reflection before we act. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Which means that God disapproves of some of what he ordains to happen. God’s aim is a new mind, a new way of thinking and judging, not just new information. Here’s an example from 1 Peter. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us” (Deuteronomy 29:29). This was his plan, his decree. He says so. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (1) It is the highest knowledge of God; for the disposition of the will is the chief characteristic of a spiritual being. (Romans 12:1–2). That’s the great challenge. Immerse yourself in the written word of God; saturate your mind with it. That’s what we focused on last week. For one reason. “He does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35). Before I relate this to Romans 12:2, let me comment on how precious these two truths are. The knowledge of God as revealed in Christ is the knowledge that all who are saved must have. Verse 2 is Paul’s answer to how we turn all of life into worship. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. I think you'll notice that Paul is talking about prayer in this passage. And we need the renewed mind to understand and embrace what God commands in the Scripture. Jesus is superior to every kind of rule, authority, and dominion that you will find in any culture, any nation, among any people, anywhere in the world. That’s the first meaning of the will of God: It is God’s sovereign control of all things. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).