Knowing God’s Will and Plan for Your Life! - (May 14, 2012)

posted May 14, 2012, 3:24 PM by Willie T. Butler   [ updated May 22, 2012, 9:24 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr. ]
Ignorance of the law is no excuse, once remarked America’s forefather and former President Thomas Jefferson. Though originated in Roman law, this doctrine has a firm grounding in U.S. criminal and civil law as it does in most developed countries. Defined using its Latin heritage, Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusa is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content. 

In John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, he writes “No one would be thought to be unwise, but such are, who do not redeem time, and are ignorant of the will of the Lord; believers should not act the unwise part, neither in their talk, nor in their walk and conversation, nor in their use of time.” In other words, we know better and should act accordingly.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is". (Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV)

This seems to be a principle that has been universally understood and accepted. Therefore, if mankind does not think that ignorance of the law—human or divine—is excusable, it is highly doubtful that God would!

Don’t get caught not knowing God’s will and plan for your life! (II Tim. 3:4)
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