2013-05-03 - The Plan of God
Over the last few weeks, we've looked at the fall of music due to Satan's sin. We've also looked at the fall of man due to Adam and Eve's sins and our own. So how does all of this falling fit into Gods plan? I'd like us to now consider the plan of God. We'll begin where we left off in Genesis 3 when we looked at the fall of man. As you may recall, Adam had blamed God and Eve and Eve in turned blame the serpent
Genesis 3:14-15 (NASB)
Concentrating on the last three lines of God's curse of the serpent, we see a promise of God's ultimate plan. The seed of a woman will bruise the serpent on the head. A scene in "The Passion of the Christ" movie shows Jesus stomping on the head of a serpent. It is not biblical per se but served as an allusion to this scripture.
There are some who might say God has changed his plan over time but he hasn't. Before Adam and Eve sinned God knew they would. He didn't want them to sin but he knew they would. He knew that sin would separate them from Him so he had a plan to solve the problem before the problem existed. And in the midst of announcing their curse he promises the plan will be carried out. Sin is the problem; that problem causes separation from God. His plan is to restore us so that no one will have to face the death that sin brings complete eternal separation from God.
2 Peter 3:9 (NASB) - The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Gods plan has always been that no one would have to perish. His plan since before time began was that he would create man, allow them to choose between his will and their own knowing they would run away, and then pay the price to get them back. Some people look at the Bible and falsely interpret that God kept trying different plans that failed. I don't see thoughts like these going through God's head.
Plan A: If Adam stays perfect then all will be good. Wait what did he just do. Ugh time for a new plan
Plan B: I'll wipe out everyone but Noah, that'll teach them
Plan C: OK that didn't work so now I will create the nation of Israel with this Abram guy I found over yonder in Ur and use them to set an example for all to follow.
Plan D: Well they went down to Egypt and became slaves so I'll rescue them and try again with them but this time I'll give them ten commandments and the rest of the law that if kept would make everyone good.
Plan E: Barely out of Egypt I could tell that plan probably wouldn't work and sure enough it hasn't. Hmm. Maybe if my son Jesus dies for mankind's sin everything would be okay.
If that were the case I'd be wondering what Plan F would be and when. The truth is that there was only the Plan A Jesus will redeem us from the bondage of sin. There never has been a Plan B. Because Adam wouldn't stay pure, Plan A was needed. Because Noah's descendants would succumb to sin, Plan A was needed. Because Israel would fail to show God before all nations, Plan A was needed. The law was designed only to point out our failure and the ridiculousness of any other plans and thus why Plan A was the only working plan. There is no plan B. So are you with the plan fully or not?
Wait what Plan? What are you talking about?
Let me break down God's plan for dealing with our sin using three word: Worship, Repent, and Serve.
Consider worship to represent a belief. First and foremost, we must believe. There's a lot we can believe but only a few things that we absolutely must believe. We must believe that God is real - the one true God and not a myth. We worship the thing we believe to be most important in our life. Next we must believe that sin separates us from God, not someone else's sin but our own. We must also believe that Jesus was not just a man but also that he was God and he came in order to free us from the bondage of sin - the slavery of sin. But just belief is not enough if it stops with just a thought or just some word on your lips. Verses throughout the Bible tell us demons believe these things. That is why it must not just be a belief that we can flippantly say we believe but one that changes our lives.
That's where repentance comes in. Repenting is a decision based on beliefs. If God is real and he is all the good we claim he is then you should want to be with him. To be with him we have to get rid of what separates us from him so we desire not just to be with him but also to turn away from sin. But you'll still have a mound of all the sin you commit so you must also accept his payment for your sin that removes it from between you and God.
If five frogs are sitting on a log and four decide to jump off, how many are on the log? If you said one you are wrong. The answer is five. Four decided to jump but the never actually jumped. A decision without action is not much of a decision. That is where serving comes in. As you serve, you commit yourselves to begin action based on your decision. Serving is putting action to your decision. It is a commitment that you make a commitment to serve God anyway he wants whether that is serving others or him directly. This is the critical step too.
About sixteen years ago my wife and I began looking for a house to purchase. We believed that houses were good to have; you might say we worshipped the idea of living in a house. So we started searching in several communities until we found the right one. We believed we found the right house to make our home. That belief lead us to decide to stop looking at other houses and we even decided to buy that house. But until we committed to purchasing the house and signed an agreement it was not my house.
2 Corinthians 5:15 (NASB) - and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
He died and rose again to get rid of death and hell (eternal separation from God) for us. We are born hell-bound but God wants us to change direction. So each of us are either walking away from God living life on our way heading to hell or we are walking with God living life his way. It all begins with a deliberate decision to commit your life to him. That won't mean you become perfect but it will mean you'll try. There's no magic words to do this but you must come to a point where you decide to commit to your beliefs and tell God something like this.
God I am a sinner and I know Jesus died for my sins. Forgive me of my sins, I want to do better. I give my life to you right here and right now.
If you have never said those words or some like them to God and really truly meant it then you are not a Christian. I can walk into an elementary school, a high school, and three different colleges but being on the campus doesn't make me a student and just attending church and trying to be good doesn't make you a Christian.
So today I hope you will ask yourself a few questions. First, do I believe in God and understand sin? Think on that and answer Yes or No. Second, do I believe Jesus died for my sin? Again just answer yes or no. If you answer yes to both of those and have never taken that first step then ask yourself what is holding you back? What could possibly be more important than the rest of your eternity? Please take a moment now to commit your life to God and accept his payment for your sin.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted