His Eternal Plan

Before God created the heaven and the earth, before the first ray of sunlight touched upon the sea, there was God, God in Trinity, God in purpose.  For there was always the eternal God (Deuteronomy 33:27); the eternal Son (John 1:1-2); the eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14); and the eternal plan.(Ephesians 3:11)

The eternal plan, which includes you and me, was preached by the apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus when he declared that we are called “according to the eternal purpose which He proposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Ephesians 3:11

The eternal plan of God was put in motion when time began during the six days of creation.  And on the sixth day, when God created man, human history began.  The story of our beginning, of sin, and redemption, and salvation is all to be found in the written word of God.  It began with the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, and ends with the last book, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, His last message to mankind.  

By His mercy and grace, we are part of God’s eternal plan.  He planned for us to be living at this exact moment in time for His own purpose and glory, according to His will.  And what is the will of God in my life, you ask?  Just this: that you believe in whom He sent, that is, Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.  From this act of belief come the things you and I are meant to do in this life.  From the power of the Holy Spirit we come to know the truth of eternal life for all who are called, all who put their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

In Him is revealed our future destiny in the books of the New Testament.  Someday soon, at our resurrection or translation to eternal life, we shall be gathered unto Him  and return to where He is now.  Then, as His eternal plan continues to unfold, a time future in history that follows the seven year Great Tribulation upon the people of the earth, the heavens shall open and the glory of the Lord shall appear.  We shall follow Him, an uncountable army. And the Lord Jesus Himself shall crush His enemies, and so the remnant of Israel shall be saved.  Then He shall go to Jerusalem where He, not man, shall set up the Kingdom of God on earth.  And we shall reign with Him on earth  for a thousand years.  Following this, there comes the judgement of all unbelievers; then comes eternity.  

And so there are two destinies: one for the believer, and one for the unbeliever; one in everlasting light, the other, in everlasting darkness.

How marvelous the wisdom of God and His mercy!  For the the redemption of mankind was written in the Gospel when Jesus spoke these words:  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  How wonderful the things planned for us, even beyond our imagination to grasp.  Then we shall see, hear, and understand. Then we shall see the new heaven and a new earth, and the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven.  And so shall we ever be with the Lord, our Light and Life.   He will be our Father and our God throughout eternity.   Amen             .

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