THE PLAN OF GOD
When was the plan of God established?
Jesus was crucified in the mind of God before the FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. What is the point in this Scripture? The Greek word for “foundation” is “katebole”. The Greek word comes from two words. The first word is “kata” which is to bring down exactly, complete. The second Greek word is “ballo” which means “to cast”. In context God has cast a blueprint or direction that He will bring down to exact completion in Jesus the sacrificial Lamb of God. This is the foundation that God will follow once the world is created by Him.
The result will be the recording of names in the book of life that will Worship God in the Spirit by faith in the Lamb of God. God knows the end from the beginning and brings what He speaks to pass.
Isaiah 46:9-10 says, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
What was the plan of God?
God wanted a family. We were created for His pleasure. We were given a free will to choose to love God. True love is a result of one person choosing to love another. Otherwise, it is not true love. The only way that we can become a literal spiritual child of God is in the person of Jesus Christ. John 1 says that Jesus is the only one that comes from the bosom of the Father.
Therefore, Jesus is the only way that we can come from God in Him. God had to first create a material living soul in Adam. Adam is the head of the Human race. Adam was disobedient. Adam as the head of the Human race sinned passing sin and death to the entire human race (Romans 5). God is all knowing. Since God knows the beginning from the end.
God knew that the first Adam would sin. Adam is a created being. Anything created is corruptible. The Bible says that we through Adam were born of corruptible seed. The first Adam is a type of the one to come speaking of Jesus. Jesus had to come conceived of the incorruptible seed of the Holy Spirit in the likeness of sinful flesh without sin. Jesus is the Lord from Heaven. God is Holy and perfect. God cannot change. Therefore, Jesus cannot change. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Jesus died for sin, fulfilled the law and triumphed over the devil. Jesus rose from the dead, because He did not sin. Therefore death could not hold Him down. Jesus conquered the last enemy death.
The second Adam is the Lord from Heaven. Through Jesus’ obedience to the law, He was able to make many righteous through faith. Jesus death and resurrection made the way for all to follow by faith. Jesus is the head of the Spiritual race, the first fruits of the resurrection. Jesus is the forerunner into the Heavens for all to follow by faith in Him. Jesus is a life giving Spirit.
John 3:1-7 says, “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, ‘Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.’ Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’ “
How do you get born of the Spirit?
Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Jesus as the head of the heavenly or spiritual race as the first fruits of the resurrected race.
Psalm 2 prophetically says, “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain. I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.’ “
Hebrews 1 tells us the fulfillment of Psalm 2. Jesus being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day (Jesus after the cross as the head of the resurrected spiritual race including us as born again children) have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world (the second coming), he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Our faith is in the resurrection. When we are born again, we are spiritually baptized into the body of Jesus in the Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13). In Spiritual Baptism our old nature is crucified with Christ in His crucifixion. We are raised with Him in the likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6). This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his soul?” Behold old things pass away and all things become NEW. We are a new creation in Christ Jesus. Our lives are hidden in Christ. Paul said, “It is not I who live, but Christ that lives within me. The life that I live I now live in the Son of God.” We are partakers in His divine nature and become literal children of God in Jesus as if God has birth us Himself. We are born of the incorruptible seed of the Holy Spirit (I Peter 1:23). We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (I Corinthians 5:17-21).
Hebrews 10:10 says that we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. The word Sanctified means Holy. Born again Believers are sanctified once and for all period. Romans 10: says that the Messiah is the consummation (the end or the fulfillment) of The Written Law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Jesus fulfilled the law and we fulfill the law through Jesus.