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THE ETERNAL PURPOSE OF GOD

October 17, 2015

Text: “This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.” Ephesians 3:11-12 ESV

Take heart, Christian! God has always had  control and still provides his wisdom and providence for mankind.  On the sixth day of creation God created Adam and Eve, even before then he foresaw mankind’s disobedience to his commands and knew their need for redemption.  “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable are his ways!” Romans 11:33 ESV 

Thus God framed an intricate plan for man’s sins to be atoned. The apostle Peter stated of Jesus, “He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you…” I Peter 1:20  That is to say, Jesus was designated to be our sin-bearer long before our world  was created! But God’s intricate scheme of redemption did not come to fulfillment until Jesus died on the cross. God waited until just the right moment in the flow of history, when all the conditions had come together, to  dispatch his son to accomplish redemption by his willing sacrifice on the cross. “But when the fullness of time had come God sent forth his Son…to redeem those who were under the law…” Galatians 4:4-5  However, God initiated his intentions beginning with Abraham. He related to the patriarch his role in this plan. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great… and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  Genesis 12:2-3c

Jesus was the only person who could accomplish what his Father had planned for our redemption. The Son of God, who shared in the  godhead, possesses all the powers of God. “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through him to reconcile to himself all things…” Colossians 1:19-20a Jesus dispossessed himself of all the powers and privileges  of the godhead, and came to our world as a human being.  “..though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,  being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:6-7  As he assumed flesh and blood, he became like all men in order to learn the things that  all men suffer on this woeful planet. “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect. so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for sins of the people.”  Hebrews 2:14

What is the motivation for this ambitious plan?  The only explanation is “LOVE”!  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16  G0d did not create man to toy with him. Nor to be amused by his weakness and foibles. Nor to laugh at him struggle through the pain and woes of this world. The Lord did not need man to keep him company.  God created man in his own image, but Adam and Eve disobeyed God and he placed curses on the earth and its inhabitants. In the mercy and love of the Father for his creature man, he initiated his eternal plan to redeem man and restore him to the person God had planned him to be.

You may ask, “What’s in it for me?” I’m glad you asked! It’s an important question for every person to ask for the sake of his soul. God’s plan to redeem man from his sins gives you the right to hear and obey the gospel and be forgiven of your sins. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”  Romans 5:17-19

This all is the doing of God and for our eternal blessedness. Be sure to thank God for his scheme of redemption for  our eternal salvation!

 

REM

 

 

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