Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Life Shape Prayer and Discipleship Module 2 – New Creation Realities Block 11 – The Will


For the purpose of this teaching, let’s imagine the whole universe as one great courtroom in which God is the supreme judge. The volume of scriptures in the Bible clearly paints this picture with Jesus as our advocate/attorney; and Satan as the accuser. Scriptures also tell us that we are surrounded with a great cloud of witnesses and that records are being kept which contain every work we do and every word we speak on earth.

Each individual will one day approach the great judgment seat of Christ and these books will be opened. Evidence will be presented, testimony given, and records reviewed by this court.

These proceedings will be very intense and concerning to so many because all decisions of this court will be final … and by final I mean eternal and without appeal. This court will decide whether you go to heaven or spend eternity in hell.

All decisions of this court shall be based on what is written in The Will.

When a person accumulates, inherits, or possesses a great amount of worth and wealth it is wise to prepare a last Will and Testament so that in the event of death assets can be distributed as desired. Providing it meets legal criteria, this last Will and Testament is binding upon the estate of the individual. At death, or at any time thereafter as prescribed, both assets and authorities thereunto transfer to others according to the provisions of the Will.

Last Wills and Testaments can only be changed by the person who made the Will and then only before their death. Without respect to what anyone else says, feels, or believes should happen, the written will stands as a testimony and is backed by the whole force of law. If you do not have a will it is reasonable that you consider making one … this is the biblical pattern. God has a written will.

We have been given a copy of God’s will. First, there is a copy of His Old Will and Testament and as well we have a copy of His New Testament. These two do not contradict but they rather complement and confirm one another, adding clarification, which thereby strengthens the tenets and conditions of His will.

Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him,that we may also be glorified together.

Both the Old and New Testaments name God’s children as heirs beginning with His only begotten Son. The New Testament specifically names every born again believer, not only as an heir of God, but also as a joint heir with Jesus Christ.

Galatians 4:1-2,7  1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.

7 Now you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

The heirs of God, as long as they are young and immature children, differ nothing from a servant in practice and authority but rather are placed under tutors, governors and guardians until the time appointed of the father when they shall have grown up and their inheritance has come fully under their control. This is true even though the child is already legally heir and therefore lord of all.

Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.

Proverbs admonishes us from the wisdom of God to understand that an inheritance received too early in life can be easily misused, squandered, and ultimately waste away. I am certain that God not only distributes His wisdom to mankind but also follows this wisdom Himself, setting appointed times to which are tied the release of greater authority and exercise of our inheritance. These things are set according to the written Will and Testament of God.

The person who makes their last Will and Testament is called the testator. This word is not in the common vocabulary of most English speaking people. Nonetheless we find it written in our key scripture.

Hebrews 9:16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

When a person is saved they become a new creation in Christ Jesus. At that point, they are born again into the family of God and as God’s children hold eternal legal rights of inheritance to the things of God. God has made this very plain, written in His will and sealed by the blood of His Son.

Each child of God holds legal claim to eternal life and this right supersedes all other claims against his soul.

Every person will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Without regard as to the evidence, testimony, or record against them the Will shall prevail. Providing they have been born again, all debt will be considered paid in full by the blood of Christ and they shall be accepted into the beloved with God forever. This is but one provision of God’s Will for His children.

The Will of God also grants access to healing, health, mercy, forgiveness, peace, prosperity, hope, and help of all sorts. God’s storehouse holds abundant blessings which have been passed on to God’s children through the provision of His Will in light of the death of Christ.

The whole world and all creation belong to God and everything is finally subject to His will.

Important Points

1. Imagine the Universe as a great courtroom - God does.
2. God’s Last (New) Will and Testament came into force at the death of Christ.
3. Every child of God is a legal heir of God.
4. The Will of God applies to life on earth and eternal life.
5. All decisions based on the Will are final, without appeal, and for eternity.