This week we will continue to look at the noun and the verb that are most of the time translated as will or wish in the verb form but have a very different meaning. As we study this word we will discover that the root idea of “determination” is carried forth in the usage in context. Next each of the passages that we study I will put the English word that translates this Greek word.
Monday: Matthew 1:18-25- Minded
Question: In verse 19 the first “will” word translated “willing” is the desire that Joseph had. How does this verse show the process of thinking of Joseph? What was Joseph’s determination? How did Joseph come to this determination? Did Joseph carry out what He determined? Why or why not? How is Joseph’s determination and God’s determination different?
Tuesday: Luke 22:39-47 - Willing
Question: In verse 42 the English word willing is the word we are studying and both of the words “will” are “desire”. What was Jesus asking the Father to do? Was Jesus asking this in the realm of His humanity or His Deity? Why does this make a difference? How was the will/desire of Jesus different from the will/desire of the Father? What conclusion did Jesus ultimately come to? How is what Jesus asked the Father different than what He actually determined based on Acts 4:28?
Wednesday: Luke 10:21-24 - Will
Question: The word we are studying is hidden in verse 22 before the word “reveal” and should be translated “determined to reveal”. How does a correct translation change the meaning of this verse? What was the basis of the determination of Jesus in this passage? How did Jesus “reveal” the Father? What did he determine about this “revealing”?
Thursday: James 1:17-18 - Will
Question: What has to happen before a person is “born again”. How does understanding this word help you understand your salvation? What is the “word of truth”? What is James trying to show in the context? What does this mean about the “free-will” of man?
Friday: I Corinthians 6:9; James 4:4 – Will, Will
Question: Is it important to understand that in each of these contexts is it more than a desire of man but a determination? Why? How does this change how most people interpret these verses? What are differences between these two passages? What are the two warnings from these passages?
Saturday: I Corinthians 4:3-5 - Counsels
Question: What is the thing that a person is not to judge someone else? Does this mean that you cannot judge another person at all? Why or why not? Can anyone know what someone else has determined in their heart? (Hint I Cor. 2:11) Where does the determination of man come from according to this passage? Thank God for His determination.