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God’s Plan for You

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9

The Master Craftsman God created the world out of His love. The world was not his first creation as He created the heavens and then the earth. (Genesis 1:1) God created the heavens and then the earth upon which He created all living things. At the end of each day God looked upon that which He created and judged it to be very good. Then on the sixth day God created the crown of His creation, man. I believe in looking at the order of God’s creation we see that all else was created in support of man. God created man for the purpose of fellowship. Our God is a unity of the Godhead, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. The triune God is a God of fellowship and desires fellowship with His creation man. But the tempter came and deceived man into believing he could be as God and man disobeyed God’s Word. Disobedience, sin, came into the being of the world and man has been in a fallen state since. Sin has separated man and his Creator, the fellowship has been broken, and God set forth His plan to save man from his fall.

It is not God’s plan nor His desire that man should perish. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) It is God’s desire that man is restored to an everlasting fellowship with God. The price of sin against God’s Word is beyond the ability of man to pay. The warning in the Garden of Eden was that man should not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17) As man did eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil the wage fell upon him that he should die. From dust man came and to dust man will return. This is not God’s plan for you and not for me. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

God is love and His love for man is everlasting but the sins of man has separated man from that love of God. Man was now a slave to his sinful nature and therefore separated from God and the fellowship was broken. Death is the wage of sin and something or someone had to die to pay the wage of sin. One under that same debt cannot pay the price of another’s debt. The one who must pay the cost of sin must be perfect in that He has not sinned. There is no such man in creation. Lambs and goats we never more than an object lesson to the point that a perfect sacrifice must be paid for the sin of man. Out of God’s love for man He sent His Son, the God man, to live a righteous life and be sacrificed upon the cross of Calvary, to shed His perfect sinless blood to cover the debt of our sinful blood. That through Him we could be redeemed to a restored fellowship with God the Father, reconciled, that someday we could enter into His presence righteous in the way that we were created. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

Satan, that serpent of old, that fallen angel who through his self-pried thought that he should be as the Most High, has declared spiritual warfare against God to steal that one thing that man has above all creation the breath of life. (Genesis 2:7) Now man is pitted against an evil angel that is bent on robbing God of the soul of man that, as he, might fall to complete destruction. That god of this world, who leads many a man upon the broad road which leads to destruction and death. His art is deception and he is the father of lies and from the days of Cain and Able he seeks only to destroy the crown of God’s creation. He will spare nothing for the theft of one soul from God. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) His desire is to rob man of the abundant life which is to live in the complete and full purpose of God in His plan for each life.

The problem is that most men have remained sinful and separated from God. I have wondered why man would reject God, who is love, for a created being like us that is filled with hateful intention. I too am as wretched as any. None of us are free as we have all fallen. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We are all spirit living in a physical body bound for an eternity in a spiritual realm. The question that should be on every heart is where will I spend that spiritual life? But because of our evil ways in the present world Satan has entered in and created a stronghold and blinded us to the truth of God’s Word. “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

The Christian has the love of God residing within through the power of the Holy Spirit. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8) Out of the love of God within, the Christian is devoted to the spiritual welfare of the unrepentant sinners. The Christian is pitted against the wicked evil spiritual forces of the evil one who desires to destroy the souls of men. The Christian is but a sower of the Word of God and in prayer we must ask God to prepare the soil of the heart that the seed of His Word will take root that God can cause it to grow. This is why the Christian must pray without ceasing as the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2)

The good news that the Christians has to share with the world is this. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) That Jesus, the worlds Christ, died in the place of all of us that we could have a restored fellowship with God the Father. But this is not the end of the good news. Jesus defeated that very death that we all have been convicted with through our sin. The believers on the name of Jesus no longer will have to face spiritual death, which is a life apart from the love of God. That all men can have a home in the Kingdom of God and be known to the privileges of being a Child of God, as it was in the beginning. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

I have an acquaintance that goes by the handle of “dead knower.” Pity. On the other hand the Christian is the “life knower.” The Christian knows the way to life and that of a life of abundance both now and the eternal world to come. There are many ways to Jesus but He is the only way to God the Father. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6)

Everyone deserves the opportunity to answer for themselves now on this side of their departure from the world where they chose to spend their eternal life. It is not a hard question to reason and it is not a hard accomplishment to achieve. But it is one that must be decided in the here and now for the then and there will be too late. Which plan to choose, the plan that leads to death and destruction, or, God’s plan that leads to life everlasting. “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Durant Bible College, October 7, 2015

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