The Will of God
Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself to accomplish His Father’s will, which is to deliver us from this world, “… that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (Galatians 1:4). It was God’s will from the beginning that we be created in His image, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Perfected to the fullness of the stature of His son Jesus Christ, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:13). In this state we will also be His children, “…and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (II Corinthians 6:17-18). Joint heirs together with Christ, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17).
In addition to His sacrifice Christ has also given us power to accomplish the will of God, “But as many as received him (Christ), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13). That power comes through the Holy Spirit which we receive at baptism, “Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).
That power of the Spirit is activated when we make the effort to exercise the attributes of God’s divine nature which have been listed for us, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:3-8).
If we diligently do our part we cannot fail, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” (II Peter 1:3-10). And we can be confident that Christ will continue to work with us to accomplish God’s until the day He returns, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
That is the will of God.