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What was God's original purpose and plan for man? The answer is, his intention is the same as it is today. Before sin entered into the world by one man's disobedience, God wanted to be a Father to what he had created. God desires, and it is his divine will today to be a Father to those he has chosen out of this world (Ephesians 1:4).
God's first commission to man was "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28). God was building a family.
Many people believe that from the beginning it was God's intention and purpose to save mankind. Mankind did not need saving in the beginning. Redemption is not the intention; it's not the end, but only a recovery program. It is but a parenthesis incorporated into the main theme.
Ephesians 1:3-10 answers most of the questions we might ask about the Father and his family.
WHO: "He" -God, the Father (v.3)
WHAT: "chose us" -picked us out as sons for his family (v.4)
HOW: "in him" -Christ, the eternal Son involved in all aspects (v. 3-10)
WHEN: "before the foundation of the world" (v. 4)
WHY: "for himself" -as His own for His pleasure, glory and satisfaction (v. 5)
WHERE: "that we might be before Him" -in His immediate presence (v. 4)
2 Timothy 1:9 "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to HIS OWN PURPOSE and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." What kind of purpose? It is a Holy Purpose for His pleasure.
Before redemption became necessary, the Father had an original purpose, which did not necessitate redemption for its realization. God did not plan that man must sin, so that he could use redemption as the glorious means of demonstrating Hid grace. However long before Adam was created or before sin entered into the world, God perfected and incorporated the glorious means of redemption into His plan and thereby demonstrates the "riches of his grace." Revelation 13:8 "Jesus Christ was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world." 1 Peter 1:20 "Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you."
Though God did not predestine and cause man's fall, God already had a remedy in His Son Jesus Christ. God did not tempt man with the fruit from the tree of knowledge. So no one can say that God willed this to happen.
God's whole aspiration towards mankind was to be a Father. He has prepared a way throughout eternity for this according to His divine will and purpose. Most Christians are not living as God as their Father. They may say "God the Father," but do not even know what they are referring to.
First we are called into the "fellowship in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). Secondly, we are led into the "fellowship of the Spirit (Philippians 2:1). Then we are called into a deeper relationship "fellowship with His Son (1 Corinthians 1:9). As we learn the mind of Christ we are called into "the fellowship of his sufferings (Philippians 3:10).
The bible is more than a book of salvation or a book of the kingdom. The bible, which is God's written Word reveals His ultimate purpose.
We are not to live for ourselves but in all things seek that which is His will in our lives. Man was not created to be the center. God is the center of all things and all things are for Him! The "us" that we know must be crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, raised with Christ and ascend with Christ into the heavenly. This happens to us in Him. Our focus must change to make Christ the center. If Christ is the center, then he will deliver us to a life centered in God where all things are related to Him.
If God is our center where we stand in liberty then we are no longer living our victory but rather living in His victory. It is no longer our purpose, but living in His purpose. It is no longer our dedication, but living in His dedication.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, Behold all things are become new."
Things become new as we let go of the old. The former things of this life must die and be buried and stay buried. What raises up should be a person centered in God the Father.
1 John 4:19 "We love him because he first loved us."
We as doers of the Word are led of God's Spirit and thus are called the "Sons of God." We are on a journey towards God. Though we have His Spirit on the inside, we are yet to experience the fullness of God. We are made spiritual through Christ Jesus but as yet we live we live in a fleshly body. We need the Father, as God the Father to carry us through this life while we journey ever so nearer to Him.
(Segments of this message was taken from "Ultimate Intention by DeVern Fromke)
In Christ Jesus,
Dale ThompsonReturn to Message Page