ANSWERS:

1) Explain the first aspect of God’s will

This aspect of God’s will reveal His ultimate will hidden until He reveal it, because He is supreme Being of the universe, and of all things (Romans 13:1).

2) Explain the second aspect of God’s will

This aspect of God’s will is His perceptive or revealed will that God has chosen to reveal some of His will in the Bible. The perceptive will of God is God’s declared will concerning what we should or should not do.

3) Explain the third aspect of God’s will

This aspect of God’s will in the Bible is God’s permissive or perfect will. This describes God’s attitude and defines what is pleasing to Him, not our flesh. (Philippians 2:13)

4) How would you explain God’s sovereign will and God’s perfect will

The decreed will of God. This is God’s eternal, foreordained plan and purpose, which will not change and cannot be thwarted. It includes our salvation (Ephesians 1:3-6, etc.) and His choice and calling of Israel (Romans 11:1-2, 29). God’s covenant purposes and promises are a part of His decree, and He will not and cannot "change His mind" about these things (Exodus 32:13).

The Perceptive Will of God is the will of God for man. For example, God wills that man does not sin, that we do not lie, do not steal, etc. It is the will of God for man that is revealed through his Law (Exodus 20:1-17) where God is concerned with man following his precepts. It is also the will of God for us to be holy, repent, love, etc. (1 Pet. 1:16; Acts 17:30; John 13:34

Rom. 12:2, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." (Eph. 6:6), "not by way of eye service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart."

1 Thess. 4:3-6, "For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you."

Permissive Will

The Permissive Will of God is that will which God does not decree to occur, nor is it his will since it is not in accordance with his Law. God’s permissive will is his will to permit sin to occur. God allows man to rebel against him, and in this God permits people to do such things as lie, steal, etc.

Jer. 19:5, "and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My mind."

Luke 8:32, "Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons entreated Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission."

Rom. 1:21-23, "For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures."