So, here’s the major shocker…and this is going to upset almost every person that reads this.
God’s plan and purpose is not the salvation of man.
It includes the salvation of man, but it’s not just the salvation of man. He has a much bigger, much more grand and glorious plan.
His eternal purpose, to use Paul’s language from Ephesian’s, is his plan. So what is his plan? Well, I’m going to lay it out quickly in this post, and then in the next few posts, really dive into it and examine it, so please hold your comments until later. Or post them. But realize that I’m probably not going to respond to them because the next few posts will most likely do that.
Anyways, God’s eternal purpose, we know He has one because there are four chapters in the Bible in which there is absolutely no sin. None whatsoever. Why are there four chapters with no sin if God’s ultimate plan is the salvation of man? Simple, because the salvation of man is not his ultimate plan. It’s not his eternal purpose. His eternal purpose is four fold:
- He desires a bride for his Son.
- He desires a house to live in.
- He desires a body for the Son.
- and He desires a family to care for.
That’s it. That’s his eternal purpose. Go ahead, take your Bible and really search it. You’ll come to realize why the most often used metaphors were about brides and bridegrooms. You’ll realize why the apostles were always calling each other brother and sister. You’ll realize why God’s always concerned with his temple. It’s because of his eternal purpose!
It should be a real joy to know that God has a much bigger plan than just to save us from hell! And, do you want the real kicker? We don’t even go to heaven. Go ahead, look at Revelation 21 and 22, God brings heaven to us. Not because we deserve it, but because he is so gracious and humble toward us that even after our redemption, he is still coming to us.
I say praise be to the One who’s ways are certainly and unequivocally higher than ours…because we stop once we’re free from hell, and never think about what God wants. Or the fact that God could possibly want something more than us being saved from our sin.
But thanks be to Him that he does!!