God’s eternal purpose

Part I
Did you ever wonder whether God had a purpose in mind from the very beginning that included His dealing with man the way He did throughout the Old and New Testament?  Our logic says “yes,” but logic alone does not reveal what that purpose was.  Man needs a revelation from God so we can understand that purpose.  It appears logical that a Supreme Being who created this universe with such precision, design and implied purpose, also has a purpose in dealing with mankind.
The Bible tells us our logic is correct, but it informs us that this plan was a mystery to man, hidden in God, until God was ready to reveal it in Christ.   The Apostle Paul wrote by inspiration in 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 (NKJV) ⁶ “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. ⁷But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, ⁸which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. ⁹But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Paul further informs us that this mystery was “from the beginning of the world ...hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ” (Eph. 3:9).  Because this mystery of God’s purpose could not be discovered by man without Divine aid, it was necessary for God to reveal it to him.  This He did by His Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 2:10a (NKJV) ¹⁰But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.
His eternal purpose was to unite the world in Christ.  Ephesians 1:9-10 (NKJV) ⁹ “having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, ¹⁰ that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.”   Paul adds in Ephesians 3:11 (NKJV) ¹¹ “according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Therefore, all things in the Bible point toward Jesus Christ, although this fact was revealed slowly and piece by piece.  Many of the prophecies were mysterious at the time spoken.  1 Peter 1:10-12 (NKJV) ¹⁰ “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, ¹¹searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. ¹²To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.”
God created and placed man in perfect fulfillment in the Garden of Eden.  With the tree of life he could live forever.  Man sinned and altered God’s ultimate desire that man live forever in a blessed state and to His glory.  It was sin that kept man from living in the Garden of Eden forever.   “The wages of sin is death. . .” (Rom. 6:23), so man fell and was separated from God in Spiritual death, and destined to die physically as well.  Since then all accountable individuals are subject to this sentence “For all have sinned. . .” (Rom. 3:23).  This was not, however, God’s purpose for man, He was “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
Immediately after the first sin came the first indication of God’s purpose to redeem fallen man.  It’s found in God’s promise as He drove man from the garden.  God said to the serpent in Genesis 3:15 (KJV) ¹⁵ “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”  While obscure, “seed” here refers to children and is a prediction that a descendant of Eve would defeat the Devil while suffering only a minor wound.  From a New Testament perspective we see the passage refers to Jesus, who on the cross would conquer sin and mortally wound the Devil.   There’s more to be said about “God’s Eternal Purpose” in future articles.

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