All understanding comes by the one true gospel. The one true gospel is the Mashiach, Yeshua of Nazareth, died for our sins according to the Old Testament, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Old Testament (Luke 24, 1 Cor 15:1-6). The one true gospel is the eternal purpose of God in the Mashiach, Yeshua. It is by knowing God’s eternal purpose in the Mashiach that all understanding proceeds from. God grants grace for a person to accept the one true gospel without reservations. And in the acceptance of grace comes forth understanding as God continues to give grace as He will until “he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” We first know the Mashiach, and through knowledge of the Mashiach all understanding comes. Let us look at the Mashiach.
“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from Me, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” (Luke 22:42) Or “Father, if boulei (Strongs 1014), remove this cup from Me, nevertheless, not my thelema (Strongs 2307), but yours be done.” Boule (Strong 1011) is the root word in a puddle of Greek words in Strongs 1011-1014. It has the meaning of “to purpose, to resolve, to will”. Thelema on the hand is derived from the Greek word, thelo (Strongs 2309), and has the meaning “to resolve or to purpose in the sense of desire. So to make a clearer distinction Luke 22:42 could be written, Yeshua as a person in the flesh had a desire to live – love life. In the Mashiach the desire to live was in direct contradiction to the eternal purpose of God in the Mashiach. The eternal purpose of God in the Mashiach is the will of God. Yeshua walked according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. He walked according to the eternal purpose of God, and not the desire of the flesh. The flesh is enmity with the things of God. I know this because I know the Mashiach.
All people can have is desire. There is no will but the will of God. Again the desire of the flesh is emnity with the things of God (Rom 8). People do not have faith because of the will of God. People have faith and grace because of the will of God. There is only the will of God. We, “carnal, fleshly people” have no will, but only desire. God who is Spirit has desire and will. And his good pleasure is to make known to us the secret of His will, the one true gospel (Eph 1).
The issue of God and will, free will and God’s will should be settled in the grace of God. The issue of will and free will is not yes and no, but yes, amen and it is true.