Wills at Odds

The human mind gets lots of attention, and with good reason. Human emotions capture lots of attention, and with necessary reaction. But, at the core of the mind and emotion is a force immovable unless the human self allows persuasion. Motivation to act is a direct cause and effect of the human will. Life is not a series of accidental circumstances. Intentionality is not a reaction of instinct. Humans add purpose behind what we do. Our existence is not evolutionary, it is “evaluation-ary.” It is in evaluating ourselves, we find “the will” to be most enlightening, most helpful in understanding the root of our spirit and soul. Yes, there is mystery here.

I believe there is a responsibility in “the will,” one of several factors which set humanity apart from the rest of the created world. However, this faculty is not unique to humanity. “The will” exists in the supernatural realm, the invisible world not bound by our measured time. God possesses it, in sovereignty. Angels possess it too (of course given by God). Scriptures tell us of the epic Battle of The Wills and how within such began the first sin in the universe. No, it wasn’t of human origin.

Satan was “the seal of perfection,” “full of wisdom and beauty,” and covered by the brilliance of dancing colors of light, as reflected in precious jewels. A maestro of rhythm and worship. An angel of angels, a cherub whose like-kind has a face that was set toward the mercy seat (Exodus 25:20). So why would a light-bearer, a herald of the dawn, recoil in opposition and allow wickedness to snuff his will into darkness?

There are 5 “I wills” which transformed this anointed guardian into the violent and profane horror of hell’s fury. In abundance, He (Lucifer) exchanged wisdom for corruption, splendor for defilement, and beauty for ash, because of pride.

Read Isaiah 14:12-15.
1.) I will ascend into heaven.
2.) I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.
3.) I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
      (on the farthest sides of the North)
4.) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds.
5.) I will be like the Most High.

In contrast, there is a secret place of security within the Most High. For there are 6 “I wills” that Truth and trust would transcend from the Most High through the “Anointed One” (Psalm 2) to redeem fallen humanity. All because of love.

Read Psalm 91.
1.) I will deliver him.
2.) I will set him on high because he has known my name.
3.) I will answer him.
4.) I will be with him in trouble.
5.) I will deliver and honor him.
6.) I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.

Satan did not miss the holiness of God. In the fallen cherub’s pride, he missed the heart of God. When Satan deceived Eve and Adam, sin entered the world of men. So in likeness, when we turn our face from the “mercy seat,” we fail to see the Most High’s sovereign will of choice and heart to love, show mercy, patience, grace, and faithfulness to His creation, His image-bearer, humanity.

Jesus Christ, God Himself in human form, the Son of God, the Way, the Truth, the Life was the incarnate deity, the secret “I will” of God. Satan’s will was doomed from the beginning for he could never fulfill a throne and “sit on the mount of the congregation.” Why? Because the Christ, the Messiah, had already secured the gates of the “North” that Satan desired for his own. We are given insight by the prophet Ezekiel as to the “North” side of Mount Zion (Ezekiel 48:31).

Ezekiel 48:30-31
These are the exits of the city: On the north side, which measures 1½ miles, 31 there will be three gates facing north, the gates of the city being named for the tribes of Israel: one, the gate of Reuben; one, the gate of Judah; and one, the gate of Levi.

The meaning of the names of the gates are important because this is exactly who Jesus, the Messiah’s (a descendant of Judah) work would secure. In Genesis 30, we find meaning of the names given.

Reuben – “See a Son.” The incarnation of Jesus fulfilled the Genesis 3 promise. (Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:31)

Judah – “Praise.” Peace between God and humanity came through Jesus’s atoning death. (Romans 3:21-26)

Levi – “A joining.” The Lord’s desire to dwell with His people is possible because of the resurrection. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18)

So, where is your will in the cosmic battle? For or against Jesus, the Morning Star. In Malachi, we see how the choice we make impacts our eternity. Also, in the book of 2 Peter we see how the very first disciples grasped the epic battle of the spiritual realm.

Malachi 4:1-3 (CSB)
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.

2 Peter 1:16-21 (CSB)
16 For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased!” 18 We ourselves heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 We also have the prophetic word strongly confirmed, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation,  21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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