Heildelberg on Thy Will be Done
Question 124. What is the third petition?
Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. That is: Grant that we and all men may renounce our own will, and yield ourselves, without gainsaying, to Thy will which alone is good; that so every one may fulfill his office and calling, as willingly and truly as the angels do in heaven.
1. The hidden will of God.
Matt. 26:39. O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.
Matt. 16:24. Jesus said unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Rom. 12:2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Luke 12:42. Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
2. The sum of the will of God as fully revealed by Christ.
John 6:40. And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
3. The executive will of God.
1 Sam. 26:23. The Lord shall render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness.
Heb. 13:21. God make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Heidelberg Catechism, Heidelberg Catechism, Revised Edition. (Cleveland, OH: Central Publishing House, 1907), 130–131.