Wanting to know the will of God in a matter is good sense. And because He wants us to know His will, he has given us a sign that confirms His will – numerical repetition.
His will in social justice issues is revealed through two or three eye witnesses, who corroborate each other’s accounts. “One witness alone shall not stand against someone in regard to any crime or any offense that may have been committed; a charge shall stand only on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” (Deuteronomy 19:15) No action is taken until the third witness has attested to someone’s liability.
God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit collectively attest to truth or error. There is never dissention in the Godhead. St. John alludes to this principle (1 John 5:7-8) “So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord.”
St. Paul uses this principle for determining God’s will: “I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to…
- offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing
2. do not conform yourselves to this age, but
3. be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is 1. good and 2. pleasing and 3. perfect.” Three actions; three confirmations of His will.
Paul used this principle with the Church in Corinth: “This third time I am coming* to you. “On the testimony of two or three witnesses a fact shall be established.” (2Corinthians 13:1) I proved this principle over many decades of seeking His will.
God’s reveals his will in Scripture. If you don’t read it, you won’t know his will. As Paul said, if you sacrifice your life to Him, don’t conform to the world’s wicked ways and renew your mind, God will reveal His will. As you read, something will catch your attention. Read elsewhere, then elsewhere. His will may be revealed quickly; sometimes not. Be patient. Trust. That third witness will step up. Thank God, then obey.
John Pisula, Grand Knight: [email protected]
Joe Cox, Council Lecturer: [email protected]
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