Exactly, what is the will of God?
His will for mankind is the same as it was in the beginning. That man would rule over His creation.
That's a rather fleshy reasoning, Butch. God's will is that we come to Him and engage Him in personal relationship, because we were not created to live eternally here on this earth...but in heaven. God wants us to be with Him, not in the Lake of Fire, for the rest of eternity.
Everything that has to do with God is eternal, not temporal.
I have to disagree. There is nothing in Scripture about man spending eternity in Heaven. Believers will spend eternity on the earth. God's plan n the beginning was for Adam/man to rule over His creation. Remember, before Adam sinned God did walk with him in the Garden. However, Paul tells us in several places that man will be on the earth.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man
, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
(Heb. 2:6-8 KJV)
Paul said, "now we see not yet all things put under him". The word yet indicates that Paul expects to see all things put under man.
He also said that the creation was waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God and that the creation itself would be released from bondage.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
(Rom. 8:18-21 KJV)
Paul said the creation itself will be delivered into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Also, God promised the Promised Land to Abraham and his Seed as a possession unto the ages of the ages. Abraham nor his Seed have received that land. Isaac called the inheritance of that land "the Blessing of Abraham". That phrase is only used twice in Scripture. It's used once by Isaac and the other time it is used by Paul when he applies it to the Gentiles.
And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
(Gen. 28:1-4 KJV)
The blessing of Abraham is to inherit the land that God gave to Abraham. Paul applies this promise to the Gentiles.
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ
; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ
. (Gal. 3:6-16 KJV)
Paul said that those of faith are blessed with Abraham. He also said that the blessing of might come upon the Gentiles through Jesus. He goes on to say that when the promise was made to Abraham and his Seed, God meant it in the singular, not the plural. The Seed wasn't all of the Jews, it was Christ. The land was promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Christ. In Romans 8 Paul says,
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ
; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together (Rom. 8:14-17 KJV)
Paul said that the children of God are co-heirs with Christ. Christ's inheritance is the land as Paul said. David also prophesied that Christ would inherit the land.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
(Ps. 2:1-8 KJV)
I've written a paper on this subject that goes into much more detail and uses a lot of Scripture if you are interested. http://thatwhichwasfromthebeginning.vpweb.com/upload/The%20Kingdom%20of%20God%20(A%20Biblical%20Perspective).pdf