Christ, whom Paul calls the Last Adam, fully fulfills God’s redemptive purpose for humanity. Jesus chose to lay aside His will for the will of God. Once and for all He made it possible for anyone who puts their faith in His redemptive work, to be able to do the same as He did. Our minds, emotions, and will be liberated to fully surrender to the will of God the Father.
Peter stood strong before the religious leaders that wanted to kill the disciples. Peter chose the will of God even in the face of death. As recorded in Acts 5, one of the Pharisees named Gamaliel gave sound counsel to the group of religious leaders when he said, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. . . I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God” (Acts 5:35–39 NASB).
Because of what Jesus accomplished for mankind, setting our will against God’s will becomes a much more serious matter. Gamaliel’s counsel is good counsel for us as well. We never want to find ourselves setting our will against the Lord’s. When we do, we are fighting against God. Later, the disciples found themselves in need of help in caring for the needs of the people. They decided to appoint seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve the people and their needs. They willed to do the will of God and to devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word:
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch. And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.
Acts 6:4–6 NASB