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The Plan of God Revealed
 

It seems easy to get lost in all the details of events and personalities in the Bible, and miss God's overall plan. This article is a brief overview of the plan of God, and you will find many of the details in other areas of this website.

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In the beginning we have the creation. God created mankind with the intent that man would have fellowship with Him. God also created man to rule over all the earth. God's plan was marred when man, Adam and Eve, willfully sinned. God had provided all that man needed, in the Garden of Eden, and met with Adam and Eve regularly to have fellowship.

Adam and Eve had been given a command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Genesis 2:17. To disobey God's command is called “sin”. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of this tree, they disobeyed God's command, and thereby sinned. The penalty of sin in this command was death. This refers to death in a spiritual sense, and a physical death, which is the separation of the spirit and soul from the body.

There was also a curse put on the earth, and animals, as well as mankind. We can also learn from this first part of God's plan the reason for suffering, problems, death, and pain. It is all caused by one small three letter word called “sin”. This sin of Adam was also imputed, put on the account, of all the descendants of Adam and Eve. We inherited the old sin nature of Adam. Therefore, we are born with sin, and our mind is inclined toward sin. As we continue our study we will see that God made a way for us to get rid of all sin, and to once again have fellowship with Him.

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Next we have the preparation for the coming Seed, Jesus Christ. God is providing a way for man to pay for his sin. God promised a Savior would come from the Seed of the woman, Genesis 3:15. That Seed ,we will see later, is God's only Son, Jesus Christ.

For the saints (believers) in the Old Testament a covering of sin was made each year, until the Seed, Jesus Christ, came and paid for their sins by giving His life to pay for their sins. The first animal sacrifice was made as God showed Adam how He would cover sin for the foreseeable future,  Genesis 3:21. Today, Jesus Christ, the Seed, has already come and our sins are paid for, if we accept God's substitutionary death on the cross, and repent, confess the Lord Jesus is Lord, and believe that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved, Romans 10:9; 10:13. This is referred to as being born again, or the new birth.

This part of God's Plan sums up the three ideas of the Old Testament, the creation, the fall of man, and the promise of a Savior. In the next part we can begin with the New Testament. However, during our study of the Old Testament we need to keep our eyes on the line of the coming Seed . As we look at the Old Testament events, the battles, the personalities, and adventures, we need to keep in mind that these are related to the coming of the Seed, Jesus Christ. In doing so we will have a better appreciation of the Abrahamic Covenant, the Davidic Covenant and the New Covenant. We will see just who Jesus is, what family He comes from, what tribe He comes from, and where He will be born, etc..

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Now, moving on to the New Testament, we see the manifestation of the Seed. Paul, in Galatians 3:16, tells us the Seed that was promised is Jesus Christ. It was prophesied that His name would be Emmanuel, God with us, Matthew 1:23, that He would come from the lineage of King David, 2 Samuel 7:16, that He would be born of a virgin, Isaiah 7:14, and that He would be born in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2. As we read the New Testament, we see that all these prophecies came true. His death and resurrection paid the penalty of sin in order to provide a way back to relationship with God. Peter says He suffered, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us back to God, 1 Peter 3:18. Jesus instituted the New Testament, or covenant, through His shed blood. The book of Hebrews explains the difference between this new covenant and the old one. The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, will fill in many of the details. Some of those details can be found elsewhere on this website.

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We now come to God's plan to proclaim the gospel, the good news. We see the church being formed and people, who became believers, being added to the church in Acts 2:41, 47. All those who respond to the gospel are to be taught and trained, and sent out to proclaim the gospel, this is called discipleship. This discipleship, or teaching, trains us so that we can live in fellowship and serve God. The church age has, at this point, now begun. Because of the requirement go proclaim the gospel, we should give priority to God's plan. We are told to seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all the other things, food, clothing, etc, will be added to us, Matthew 6:33.

The gospel means “good news”, and the good news is that we can have our sins paid for, and be born again. In the book of Acts we see the church formed, and given a command to spread the good news. God wants all mankind to know that salvation has been provided for. One must only repent, confess the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe that God raised Him from the dead. When we have done that, the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to our account. This is called the "Doctrine of Imputation".

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The last part of God's plan is the consummation, or completion of His plan. When the church age ends, God's Son, the Seed of the woman, first mentioned back in Genesis 3:15, will return to judge and put away all sin and evil. Prior to this, we know that Jesus Christ will return in the air and take the true believers up to be with Him.

In the book of Revelation we see the Lord Jesus Christ returning to set up His physical kingdom of God on earth. He wants to restore the perfect relationship between man and God. He is going to judge sin and evil, with the devil, the devils angels, all unbelievers, the beast and the false prophet being sent into the lake of fire. However, his main purpose is to restore mankind back into fellowship with Himself. All through the Bible we see God trying to get mankind to trust Him, to know that God is a holy God, that He is good and righteous. He has sent His only Son to die to pay for our sins, He sent prophets, He gave us His Word, and sent church members to tell all mankind the good news.

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, Romans 6:23. So God stepped out of heaven and came to earth in a body of flesh and died to pay for our sins, so that we can have eternal life. The way to eternal life in the kingdom of God is through the new birth.


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