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135. The Will of God



Each Person of the Trinity has a separate will. This is indeed the definition of a "Person." Therefore there are three "wills" in God. However, we must immediately understand that they are never at any time in conflict with each other, but all three always will the same thing (i.e. the divine will).

Christ has two natures (a divine nature and a human nature), but only ONE will in Himself (as He is ONE Person). He has to have a will of His own, apart from the will of the Father, in order for His sacrifice to be truly voluntary. Again, at no time does Christ ever deviate from the Father's will.


John 5:30 - "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."

Here we see that Christ never seeks His own will apart from that of the Father.


Matthew 26:39 - "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Mark 14:36 - "And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt."

Luke 22:42 - "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

Note in all these passages, Christ is not "wobbling." We see that although He has a separate will from the Father, He seeks for the cup to be taken away ONLY if the Father is willing (Luke), and ONLY if there was any other way to redeem His people (Matthew, Mark), which there was not.