Wednesday, February 22, 2017

God's Eternal Plan (SD23)

Isa14:12-13  “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

Lucifer, also known as Satan or the Devil rebelled against God for he wanted to be God and to sit on the throne of God, far above all the angels, so that all will worship him as God.

Rev 3:21  To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

So after the fall of Lucifer and before the foundation of the world, God chose weak and fragile men (not angels), created in His image, to be predestined to sit on His throne on condition that they can overcome the wiles of Satan.

1Pet 1:19-20  but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.

God also predestined that the Word was made in the form of a man and that through His sufferings as the Lamb of God, He will be able to help men overcome the temptations of Satan.

Heb 2:18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Gen 1:27; 2:16-17 _So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

God created men in His own image and gave them their free will. Men failed miserably when tempted by the Devil. Since then man worshiped idols and commit all types of abominations. Even the descendants of Abraham  with God's covenant, laws and the display of His presence, miracles, blessings, signs and wonders, etc. rebelled against Him.

The New Covenant

Rom 10:9  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

With this new covenant, if anyone (not angels) chooses to believe the gospel (His death, redemption, resurrection, etc.) then he will be saved (born-again again) with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

John 14:15-17a  “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth,

It was predestined that if anyone keeps his part of the covenant (loving Him by keeping His commandments), then God will give him the Helper, the Spirit of truth to teach him all truth and to help him crucify his flesh and overcome the wiles of the evil one.

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Rom 8:14,17  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God… and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

It was predestined that if anyone is led by the Spirit of God then he will be the son of God.
Eph 1:5 _having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Brethren as Christians, our foundation is only Christ Jesus. Any teaching contradicting Jesus' commandments, words,  teachings, etc. or Jesus' faithfulness to His own words is false or heresy.