The Counsel of God

January 13, 2022

The Vocabulary of Salvation                                                                                                                        #15-D

Good morning brothers and sisters!                                                                                                

This morning we are continuing in our study of the vocabulary of salvation with the subtopic counsel.  As we always do, we begin with Noah Webster’s definition:

COUNSEL, noun [Latin , to consult; to ask, to assail.]                                                                 

1. Advice; opinion, or instruction, given upon request or otherwise, for directing the                                    judgment or conduct of another; opinion given upon deliberation or consultation.

2. Consultation; interchange of opinions.                                                                      

3. Deliberation; examination of consequences.                                                                       

4. Prudence; deliberate opinion or judgment, or the faculty or habit of judging with caution.                  

5. In a scriptural sense, purpose; design; will; decree.                                                                    

6. Directions of Gods word.                                                                                                                   

7.The will of God or his truth and doctrines concerning the way of salvation.

The first mention of the counsel of God is found in Judges 20:18 ¶ And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first. This is not the first time that Israel sought the advice and counsel of the LORD but it is the first mention of our word here today.  Not surprisingly, when the children of Israel heeded the counsel of God the battle turned their way, but more often than not they turned from Him and His counsel.   It is a wise thing to ask our omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God what His opinion is before embarking on any action we may be considering!                                                                                     

Next, we have three key verses that tell of the great workings of the counsel of God.  We will see in these the deliberate and willful intent of God’s blessings on those He has called into His grace.                                                                                                                                              

The first chapter of the book of Ephesians is all about what God has done for us according to His will.  Ephesians 1:11 7 In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.                                                                                           

Some folks balk at the word predestination and the idea that God has chosen whom He will to share in His glory, but for me it is a great comfort to know that I have such a great and loving God overseeing my life.  The only thing that I can be sure of within my own self is that I would make a supreme mess of my walk here on this earth if left to my own devices.                                                 

Our God is able to see clearly the beginning from the end; the right from the wrong; the good from the bad.                                                                                                                                                             Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

Hebrews 6:17 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.                                                                             

Our God’s promises to His people are immutable, or unchanging over time, and indeed unable to be changed.  He is not influenced by situations or constraints of time; He is time.  His is from everlasting to everlasting and is able to see it all clearly.                                                   

The author of Hebrews takes us back to a time when the King of Salem, Melchizedek appeared to Abraham in Genesis 14. Hebrews 7 tells us more about this Melchisedec beginning in verse 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.  So Melchisedec is said to be a foreshadowing of our LORD Jesus.  This was a bit of a rabbit to our study but a worthy one to be chased! 

And once again, our LORD Jesus will have the last say in our study with good counsel to the church of the Laodiceans.  We must remember that God’s counsel sometimes comes as a rebuke.  He is a loving Father who wants His children to be the best they possibly can be.  Be zealous therefore, and repent!                                                                                                                                                    Revelation 3:17 (red letters) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.