GOD HAS A PLAN
If we have been good students of the Scriptures we have learned that God has a plan. He began working His plan by creating this beautiful planet (Earth) to be the home for the multitudes of His crowning creation, mankind. He would make them in His image. They would be like Him (resemble Him) so that He could have fellowship with them. You know the story, but I must retell it for the purpose of this blog.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
Then He blessed them and explained to them what their part was in His plan. Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth (with your own kind), and subdue it. He placed them in the garden He had created for them (Eden) and showed them two special trees. One was good to eat from. The other was not. We know that Adam and Eve chose to eat from the wrong tree, and God’s plan had to be adjusted. We know from other Scriptures that this adjustment came as no surprise to Him. But I must not digress.
About 1600 years passed, and all the people in the earth became so wicked that God was sorry He had made man. He decided to destroy man and all other living creatures by means of a flood except for one man, Noah (and his family) because he was a just man who walked with God. With this man He could continue His plan.
REMEMBER; What God starts he finishes. But He always looks for a man to walk with Him (fellowship with Him) in the plan.
(NOTE: Fellowship is not just talking and eating together. It also includes involvement with someone else in a project.)
Whole story short, the flood came and the waters dried up. Noah and his family descended from the Ark onto dry ground. Noah built an altar, and God said to him; “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (See Genesis 9:1)
Same instructions that were given to Adam. The plan had not changed.
Four hundred years passed. The sons of Noah had been fruitful and multiplied. Many people were in the earth, and God introduced another part of His plan. He was going to call out a certain group of people who would walk with Him and represent (resemble) Him to the rest of the people in the earth. But He needed another man. This man’s name was Abram. It is clear that he also walked with God, because Abram recognized God’s voice when He said to him, “Get out of your country, from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation.” (Ge. 12:1-2a).
Abram did what the Lord instructed him to do. His name was changed to Abraham (father of many nations), and His descendants through Isaac and Jacob became the nation of Israel. We also know the Israelites, as a whole, did not always walk with God and represent Him to the nations as He had intended. However, God always had prophets who did walk with Him, and He used them to let the Israelites know that another change in His plan would take place one day. And, He would need another man.
IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Israel had demonstrated that no man, in his own strength, would ever be able to accomplish the necessary thing God wanted for the human race. He wanted to provide a way for any and all people to be redeemed from the curse Adam had brought upon them. So, it was going to take a different kind of man. One that would be able to fulfill the prophesy of Isaiah 7:14.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel,” which means “God with us.”
So, God began to look for a virgin; a young, unmarried woman, who would walk with Him in His plan. And…
“… when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4
THE NECESSARY FIGURE IN MAN’S HISTORY WAS BORN
It was a miraculous birth. Only God could do this. He was God’s one and only Son. He was the Word. He was God, and was with God. He created all things, and He became flesh, like us, so that He could redeem us from Adam’s failure to walk with God.
Through His death, burial and resurrection God’s plan for the redemption of mankind was accomplished. From that point forward, every person from any place who believes in Him would not perish but would receive eternal life. A new kind of life. They would be born again. Not another physical birth, but a spiritual birth. And they would become children of God. This part of God’s plan was finished!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL
Soon after Jesus began His earthly ministry, He started looking for men. Not one man. Men. He had done His part to make it possible for all people to become children of God. But He was not going to stay on earth with us forever. He would be going back to heaven to be with His Father. He would leave the rest of the work in the hands of other men. So, He looked for and found twelve men who would continue doing what He started before He went back to heaven. Each of them did what they could to fulfill The Great Commission.
Jesus said the same thing to The Twelve that God had said to Adam, Noah and Abraham. Be fruitful. And, He also spoke to them about walking with Him. Let’s take a look.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
What do you see? The word “abide” is equivalent to “walk with.” The words “bear much fruit” equal “fruitful.” It’s the same message. God’s Plan has not changed.
WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY
Roughly 2000 years have passed since Jesus issued His Great Commission. We, His people, have not finished it, yet. We know that because Jesus said when it is finished the end of this age would come. (Matthew 24:14) That hasn’t happened, so there is more work to be done.
Because of the assignment God has given me to “Cast the net to the younger generations for full-time missionary service,” I believe God is still looking for more people – men, women, young people – who will fully dedicate their lives to take the gospel of His kingdom to every place on this earth – near AND far – that has not heard about Jesus.
The day will come when The Great Commission will be completed, because “What God Starts He Finishes.” I want to continue doing my part to bring it to fulfillment. Perhaps you do also.
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