The Plan

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, `Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light `day,’ and the darkness he called `night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” (Genesis 1: 1 – 5 NIV)

“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21: 22 – 27 NIV)

I suppose that one of the characteristics of a writer or a preacher is that he would think that what one writes or preaches will make a difference. By a difference I mean that the world will change. First, the immediate world of the writer or preacher and then the world as a whole will be changed because of what the writer or preacher writes or preaches. There is a basis and reason for this belief in the very nature of the creative process and the inspiration of the Scriptures. The heavens and the earth were created by God speaking. The Holy Spirit has inspired men to write so that the Scriptures would be produced. Jesus preached and taught using parables and stories to reveal our heavenly Father and His plan to us. The importance of the word being spoken is driven home to us by the vision of the glorified Christ with the sharp double-edged sword proceeding from His mouth.

The scriptures quoted above encompass the plan of God like book-ends hold the volumes of a library. The details of the plan are given between these events. God created the heavens and the earth and placed mankind on the earth to partner with God and spread the Garden of Eden throughout the globe so that what is envisioned in Revelation would be a universal reality. Mankind had the choice to take dominion over the earth, become all that God envisioned for mankind, and forever live in a love relationship with Him.

I would guess that it would be no surprise to you if I were to say that God is very strong and very intelligent. Since He was placing mankind into a world where Satan was in rebellion He would determine that we would need help to establish and maintain the relationship with Him that He desired. Hence, the plan from the beginning was to send Jesus to fully reveal and to carry out the plan.

Satan is very angry about the plan. His objective is to destroy all that God creates. But Jesus has thwarted Satan’s objective by being fully obedient to all of God’s plan. Jesus has proven that love is stronger than evil. Jesus has proven that love overcomes death. There is nothing that not fully restored by the work of Jesus. Satan is bound and cast down. The dominion of mankind over the earth is restored. We only need to reclaim what has been stolen from us.

What does that mean in your life? It is yours in Jesus Christ. How does that come about and become a reality for you? Just as you took your salvation by believing in your heart and saying with your mouth what you believe; so you will receive anything by believing in your heart and saying it with your mouth.