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The Supreme Will of the Lord Jesus

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 There exists no higher will that can be appealed to besides the will of the Lord.[*1] Several passages where the "will of the Lord" is expressed are used in reference to the Lord Jesus which demonstrates that He is God.[*2]


Acts 21:13-14  

(13) Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 

(14) And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, “The will of the Lord be done!” (NASB) 

     1. J. R. Lumby: They gathered; from the Apostle’s language that he had a higher leading than theirs in what he was doing, and feeling that Christ's guidance was better than any other, they quieted their minds with the thought that the work was ‘for the name of the Lord Jesus,’ who would strengthen His servant to do His will (Acts, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, the underlined is mine). 


      2. Both the will of the Father and the will of the Lord Jesus are used in equality. 

          In reference to the Father: "Thy will be done" (Matthew 6:10). 
          In reference to the Lord Jesus: "The will of the Lord be done" (Acts 21:14). 


1 Corinthians 4:19

But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power. (NASB) 

     1. Charles Hodge: Thus constantly did Paul live in communion with Christ as his God, submitting to him and trusting to him at all times. 


1 Corinthians 16:7

For I do not wish to see you now just in passing; for I hope to remain with you for some time, if the Lord permits. (NASB) 

     1. In his Worship and the Risen Jesus in the Pauline Letters (page 406, footnote 429), Tony Costa approvingly cites Gordon Fee's Pauline Christology (page 139) concerning both 1 Corinthians 4:19 and 16:7: "Again, this appears to be another instance where Paul, almost casually, assumes that Christ shares equally in prerogatives that otherwise belong to God alone."


Ephesians 5:17

So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (NASB)     

     1. Harold W. Hoehner: in the mind of believers Christ is God and therefore believers are to understand the will of their Lord Christ. This fits well with the context, for in verse 10 the believer is to walk in the manner worthy of "approving what is pleasing to the Lord," that is, Christ (Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary, pages 698-699).

     2. Psalm 143:10

        Teach me to do Your will,

        For You are my God;

        Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (NASB)

 The will of the Lord (YHWH) as "my God" is supreme. His Spirit will lead His believers. 

 Equally true for each Christian is the fact that will of the Lord Jesus as "my God" (John 20:28) is supreme (Ephesians 5:17). His Spirit will lead His believers (Ephesians 5:18-19).[*3]


[*1] This ought always be the underlying theme of our prayers - the will of the Lord God be done (James 4:15). Even when speaking directly to others (Acts 18:21; 21:14) we know that He hears our prayer to Him because it is done in the Lord's hearing (1 Chronicles 28:8; Malachi 3:16; cf. Ezekiel 35:13).


[*2] Every prayer to the Lord Jesus ought to be in submission to His supreme will.


[*3] It is interesting to compare two Old Testament texts with Ephesians 5.  

Job 28:28 
And to man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; 
And to depart from evil is understanding. (NASB) 

a. The fear of the Lord = The fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:21) 
     b. Wisdom = Wise (Ephesians 5:15) 
     c. Depart from evil = Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11) 
     d. Understanding = Understand the will of the Lord (Ephesians 5:17) 
Micah 6:8-9 
(8) He has told you, O man, what is good; 
And what does the LORD require of you 
But to do justice, to love kindness, 
And to walk humbly with your God? 
(9) The voice of the LORD will call to the city— 
And it is sound wisdom to fear Your name: 
Hear, O tribe. Who has appointed its time? (NASB) 

     a. Do justice and love kindness = Goodness and righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5:9) 
     b. Walk humbly with God = Walk in the light of the Lord (Ephesians 5:8) 
     c. Sound wisdom = Wise (Ephesians 5:15) 
     d. Fear Your name = The fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:21) 

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