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… Good will toward men (Luke 2:14).
… It is your Father’s good pleasure … (Luke 12:32).
… According to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:5).
… According to His good pleasure (Ephesians 1:9-10).
… His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
The good pleasure of the Lord is a tremendous thing. The Gospel is “good news.” It is the spirit, the attitude, the mind of God toward us that is the thing of importance – His goodwill.
God’s attitude toward us is a “goodwill” attitude, in a very vast and full way. Many an adversity, but the goodwill is looking over it all and following the whole course. I can say this out of my own coward heart, that knows only too well what it means to wonder whether the will of God is always good. What begins with goodwill (“good will toward men”) develops and unfolds to a vast fullness encompassing all ages – “the good pleasure of His will.”
A Witness and a Testimony
March-April 1954, Vol. 32-2
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