Did our Lord have a will distinct from His Father?

Did our Lord have a will distinct from His Father?

Each Person of the Godhead has a will. This confirms that they are distinct persons. The Spirit divides "to every man severally as He will" (1 Corinthians 12:11). The Son, speaking to the Father in John 17:24, expresses His will, "Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am." The Lord refers to "the will of My Father" in Matthew 7:21, among other passages.

In addition, the true humanity of the Lord Jesus necessitates a human spirit (Genesis 2:7) and therefore a will. The Lord’s will involved all that the human will involves, apart from the tendency or capacity to choose sin. He is holy (Luke 1:35).

While His will was distinct from the Father’s, these wills could not differ, since God is perfect in unity (Deuteronomy 6:4). In addition, since both the Father and the Son are perfect in holiness, wisdom, and love, what each wills must be the same.

D. Oliver