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Supreme vs. Inferior Wills”

DominantLatin, ‘Dominari’; which in turn is derived from the Latin word, ‘Dominus’ [lord]; and that word is also a derivative of the Latin word, ‘Domus’ [home – same root word for the English word ‘Domicile’]. All of this to develop a progression of definition: ‘One who rules over another’. 

Geneticsdominance is a relationship between two variant forms of a single gene, in which one masks the expression of the other in influencing some trait.

Example: Brown eyes dominate other eye colors – dark hair dominates other hair colors. The dominant gene overrules the recessive gene, unless one receives two of the recessive genes. Recessive genes submit to the dominant genes –dominant genes rule the recessive genes!

Spiritual Realmdominance and recessive has an application to the subject of wills (A desire, purpose, or determination, especially of one in authority). For this part of this lesson, let’s replace the word recessive with the word submissive!

It should be safe to say that all believers would say that God is dominant to the will of man (or anything of man – but let’s stick to will for now).

Ecclesiastes 7:13Consider the work of God; For who can make straight what He has made crooked?”

Proverbs 21:30There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord.”

Isaiah 14:27 For the Lord of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, And who will turn it back?”

No man’s self-determination can cast God’s will aside, no matter how important or powerful we may think ourselves!

Job 34:14-15If He should set His heart on it If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath, 15 All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.”

Psalm 147:5Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”

Romans 11:33Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”

If God desired to take our very breath away, who of us could prevent it? These passages clearly state the answer!

Some have taken this undisputed fact that God’s will cannot be overruled and concluded that it dominates our free choice – the resultant doctrine of Calvinism!

The obvious error in this right away is that when we sin, this doctrine makes it the will of God! This doctrine would have God directing us to do the very thing He has forbidden!

1 John 3:4Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”   2 Peter 3:9Read

The simple answer to this problem is the matter of free will!!! God’s will is Supreme over man, but that does not require us to think that God’s will completely dominates the will of man! Could it? YES! But the better question is, DOES IT? Answer, NO!

Joshua 24:15And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.””

Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:17

Let’s go back to Genetics againOffspring receive s two genes from each parent; dominant genes rule over the recessive ones (dark hair, right-handed, etc…). By God’s design, the recessive ones are made to be ‘submissive’ to the dominant genes!

In spiritual terms, God’s will, though clearly having the power and right to be dominant – is it going to overrule a man’s will and compel him to be a believer?

What God’s word teaches us is that God is only dominant in a man’s heart when he chooses to submit to the will of God.

Free willthis is a unique gift of God! It demonstrates our unique nature in the natural world and God’s special attention to ‘we’ who were created in His image! However, free-will has destructive side effects in the relationship our Creator wants us to have with Him (dominated by His Will).

Pride James 4:6-7; 1 Corinthians 1:26 “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”

Pride then leads to rebellion; and the effects of that degenerate from there –  Scripture Reading: Romans 1:18-32.

ConclusionRead: Romans 6:1-14 So, who rules in your heart, whose will is dominant? Outside of Christ, sin has dominion over you! Inside Christ, His will has to rule and guide us! Think of the “Body of Christ” illustration!

Ephesians 1:22-23And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.