What was God’s plan before the beginning?
Question: “Before the beginning of the earth, what was God’s plan?”
Before the world was even created, imagine God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit sitting around a table in heaven, sharing their mighty love for one another, a love so great and pure that we cannot comprehend its depth, height, width, and length. One of them says, “We should create a group of people, made in our image, similar to us, so we could share our love with them, and they could share their love with us.”
…that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them (John 17:26).
They wanted to share their awesome love. They wanted to create a people group that could share the love that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have for one another. However, a great love can only exist in a great freedom. And a great freedom requires free will to choose to be part of God’s great love or to reject God’s great love. While they could have made a people group that would be clones or robots, they wanted to give the people group total freedom to love them because they voluntarily wanted to love them.
God then planned to create a people group in the image of the Father and Son with total “free will” to have the freedom to choose. However, for people to be able to choose, they needed an alternative, like Adam and Eve had in the garden. Satan provides humanity the alternative, the temptation to follow the devil’s world of evil, or to turn to God’s love.
The Father asked, “What should we do with those who do not choose us? How do we touch those who have foolishly rejected our great love for them and decided to follow Satan’s sinful world?” Jesus said, “At a certain point in the time of humanity, I will lay aside my glory and power and leave heaven. I will become as one of them, living a life free of any sin, and then I will offer myself as a sacrifice for their sins that they may have an opportunity to find their way back to our great love.”
Jesus agreed to come to earth and die for a world that had not yet been created, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world (Revelation 13:8). Jesus agreed to lay down His life as a ransom (to pay the penalty for our sins) for all the sinners of the world that are willing to receive what Jesus offers. They will be cleansed of their sins and welcomed into heaven. Why is this important? Because God is sinless and will not permit a person with sins into heaven. Only a person who is forgiven of their sins through Jesus becomes sinless and welcomed into heaven. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
No one can love you as much as God
Imagine such a mighty love that Jesus was willing to endure a horrible death on the cross, to pay the punishment for our sin and to cleanse those willing to accept Him.
Everything Jesus did during His three years of ministry (calling the disciples, the church, and His crucifixion), were part of God’s plan to display God’s mighty love for His creation and to provide the needed tools to show mankind the path back to God.
The balance of this site is dedicated to understanding how to use the many promises and commands found in the Bible, that we may learn how to live in a way pleasing and acceptable to God. That all who believe and obey may spend eternity in heaven, sharing love with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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