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God's Master Plan
12 October 2013
Because it is very easy to get so caught up in the details that we lose sight of the big picture, today I want to take a few moments to remind ourselves of God's "Master Plan."
What is God's Master Plan?
Why did God create human beings? Why did He send His Son Yeshua (Jesus) to earth as a human to die on the execution stake (cross)? What is God's purpose at the end of the age when Yeshua returns? Why is He going to create a new heavens and a new earth? What about everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen in human history in between these major events?
What is His overriding goal and purpose in all of these things? What is God's Master Plan?
God has communicated His Master Plan to us in the Bible. I think the most appropriate place to start looking at it is "in the beginning..."
We read in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 that God created the universe as a home for the earth, and He created earth as a home for human beings. He created human beings to have relationship with Himself and each other, and to rule the world as His viceroys or representatives. This was the perfect state of things in the beginning — "God saw all that He had made, and it was very good." (Genesis 1:31a)
In this state of perfection there was no religion — no circumcision, no Law of Moses, no animal sacrifices, no ceremonies nor rituals, no temples nor church buildings, no Catholics nor Protestants, none of the obligations and trappings of modern Christianity. There was only relationship.
As I wrote in Getting Back To The Garden: It was enough to simply BE — to exist — and to be with God, without the least hint of religiousness. Walking with God in the Garden, in the cool of the day. Relating to Him without the obstacles of ritual and dogma.
I think it is undeniable that God did not create mankind for religion — He created humans for relationship. Religion is a temporary system of relating to God that did not exist in the beginning, and as we shall see shortly, will not exist in the end.
Unfortunately for us all, humans were not content to be God's viceroys under His rulership. We wanted to be the ones in charge, under no rulership but our own. So mankind rebelled against God, the human race became corrupted with sin, and God's perfection was shattered.
But God did not leave mankind hopeless. In a statement which has been traditionally understood to be the promise of a future Redeemer, God said, "And I will cause hostility between you [the serpent, or Satan in the serpent] and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel." (Genesis 3:15)
God's dealings with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, the prophets and all the others, His covenants and laws, were the preparations and steps necessary to bring His promise of a Redeemer to pass. Along the way, as written all throughout the Old Testament, God shared more and more details about this Redeemer — the life He would lead, and all that this Redeemer, this Chosen One, this Anointed One (Messiah) would accomplish.
Then, thousands of years after the first promise, "at just the right time, when we were utterly helpless, Messiah came and died for us sinners." (Romans 5:6) Yeshua lived the perfect, sinless life which Adam and Eve should have, but didn't. He fulfilled all of the righteous requirements of the Torah in our place (see Romans 8:1-4).
Yeshua took mankind's sin and rebellion with Him to the execution stake so that we could be reconciled back to Father God. But that was only the first step — the beginning of something new which is not yet completed. Eventually Yeshua's followers will be restored to the position and relationship mankind had in the Garden. I share more about this in my article Paradise Lost and Paradise To Come.
When Yeshua returns, we, as His followers, will have sinless fellowship with God, just as Adam and Eve did before the Fall, and we will be restored to rulership over the earth. I explore more details about this in my article The Return of the King. Then, after Messiah's (and our) one-thousand-year reign over this present world comes to an end, God will create a new heavens and a new earth, and all evil will once and for all be annihilated.
The prophet Isaiah wrote "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind." (Isaiah 65:17) It is further described at the end of the book of Revelation:
No more temple, no more religion, no more sin — simply being with God and enjoying Him forever and ever! Now that is Paradise!
God's dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then He said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Revelation 21:3b-5)
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.... Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:22,23,27)
Thus God's Master Plan will be brought to a glorious and perfect completion. In the meantime, everything God does is centered around His Master Plan.
Even though God remains the same and is unchanging, His methods do change, as we can see throughout Biblical history — something we will explore in more detail in a future article. But His goal and Master Plan are unchangeable.
This article is 4th a series of articles on this Web site related to Exploring New Testament Realities which also includes (scroll to see the entire list):
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