God’s Eternal Purpose (Book 1 of the Set Free Series) PrefaceI thank the Lord for giving me the Holy Spirit and His word as a means of revelationand light. I also thank God for those men and women whom He has chosen, to give anunderstanding to, of His great mysteries. He has used such men and women asThomas Law, Nancy DeMoss, Andrew Murray, Oswald Chambers, Watchmen Nee, RoyHession and Charles Spurgeon as well as the Apostles and prophets of His word, toopen my spiritual eyes and understanding. Their writings have had a profoundinfluence on me and for that I am eternally grateful.In all humility we must come to the knowledge and acceptance that our naturalunderstanding of God is both inadequate and unacceptable. We must have a spiritualawakening (revelation) to bring us to a place where we desire to as well as begin to knowour Lord. We are insufficient in our abilities to comprehend or see the great truths of Hisword without His Spirit illuminating our conscious minds. I pray that by His grace andlove that He would do so as you read this book.My prayer is that our eyes would be open to the revelation of the Holy Spirit so that wemight be able to comprehend the great truths of the Gospel. Ephesians 1:17-18 that theGod of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom andrevelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; thatyou may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of Hisinheritance in the saints.Lord help us to see believe and understand1. Your eternal purpose for us all2. All that you have accomplished on the cross3. All that you have accomplished by your resurrection4. All that you are accomplishing today through your Holy Spirit
GODS ETERNAL PURPOSEIn order to have a better understanding of the truth and magnitude of our total redemptionprovided for by the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ in our lives;we must first put it into perspective with Gods eternal purpose for created man.Gods eternal purpose has been established from before time began and is still beingworked out today. His plan concerns His Son and includes creating mankind as a means bywhich His Son might express His life. Our Lord created mankind to be the vehicle throughwhich it would be possible to commune (fellowship) with Himself, who is a Spirit. Thatpurpose was temporarily altered by the "fall" of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,making it necessary for the redemptive work on the Cross undertaken by our Savior JesusChrist. His redemptive work has made possible a new creation to fulfill the "eternalpurpose" of God. Jesus represents the first kind of that new creation and thus has throughHis death, burial and resurrection-restored and made possible for you and I individuallyand collectively to fulfill the eternal purpose for which mankind was originally created. Heis the "first-fruit" of that new creation. For we are told in I Corinthians 15:20 But now"Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallenasleep." Christ is the first of the new/redeemed creation and has made it possible for youand I to be members of that new creation through His death on the cross, His resurrectionand the power of the Holy Spirit. For this we praise Him profusely. The Man AdamThe creation of Adam by God was the initial process in God’s plan of creating beings bywhich His Sons life could be expressed. Jesus the only begotten Son would be alivethrough the life of many sons. Hebrews 2:10-11 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are allthings and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain(Jesus) of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies (makesholy/righteous) and those who are being sanctified (believers) are all of one, for whichreason He is not ashamed to call them brothers.There are two distinct parties represented in this verse, the one who justifies and sanctifies(Jesus) and those who are sanctified (the believer- you and I). These two parties are said tobe of one. The Greek word for "of" means to come out of. Although both parties came bydifferent means, both Jesus and the believers are out of one-that One being God. Hebrews2:10-11 is in reference to redeemed man and the resurrected Christ. This was not the casewith Adam. Although Adam was created to be the source by which many sons wouldcome, he instead became the source by which and through which sin and death entered intothe world.
Adam was created with a spirit which would allow him to commune with "the spiritual"world of God and a body through which he could experience the outside world. Thecombination of these two aspects, in a practical sense resulted in a soul/personality inAdam. He became in essence a living, created entity with a "free will." 1. "Adam wascreated perfect-by which we mean that he was without imperfections because he wascreated by God--but he was not yet perfected. Adams Free Will Adam represented the initial fulfillment of Gods plan, which went beyond just a creationof a race of people. Through Adam, God sought to bring forth a creation with one bloodand His life dwelling within them. The man Adam, as mentioned earlier had a developedsoul and thus had the powers of choice. I must reiterate that Gods goal in creating man(Adam) was "son ship" or as a matter of more clarification "to be the vehicle whereby theexpression of His life would be made possible.There was a clear choice presented to Adam in the Garden of Eden represented by "Thetree of life", which bore a fruit that could be eaten by Adam and The Tree of Knowledge ofGood and Evil (which God had forbidden Adam to eat from). Adam by virtue of the factthat he had a free will would be making a decision between choosing divine life and totaldependence upon God or a life of independence from God. The Tree of Life representedGods own life and by accepting it Adam would in essence have secured a life in union withGod and thus solidified mankind’s position as spiritual sons of God. If on the other handAdam ate from The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil ( which God had forbidden Himto eat from), it would indicate that he chose to live apart from God and to be led by his ownthoughts and feelings. When Adam chose to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good andEvil, it immediately ushered in a rejection of God by His creation (Adam) to be that vehicleby which and through which God could express His life. Adam’s soul became the center ofhis understanding, and intellect and forever would usurp the place of the spirit that Godhad designed him to possess so that he could have communion with Him. From that time onAdam and all creation born of Adam would have lives devoid of the Spirit of God. However, because God has divine wisdom and incomparable power, He had a plan. It is aplan consistent with His eternal purpose and capable of overcoming the hellish actcommitted by Adam in the Garden of Eden. The fall would be but a pause in the goals thatGod originally had for His creation-for God would make a way to restore His lost creationto its original purpose.
Gods Plan of RedemptionI would like to present some more foundational facts concerning "the fall" of man, beforemoving to any teaching in re: to the beautiful redemptive plan and act provided by Godand carried out by Jesus for our sakes.Genesis 3:22-24 Then the Lord God said, "Behold the man has become like one of us (thatis having become his own god by becoming motivated to act on his own rather than being abody through which Gods spirit would live), to know good and evil. And now lest he putout his hand (decide), and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever-therefore theLord sent him (Adam) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he wastaken. So He drove out the man and placed cherubim (Angels) at the east of the garden ofEden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.Here we see the catastrophic turn of events for mankind in his relationship to God and theworld around him. We can see in these verses that Adam, whom God had created to bethat creation by which "many sons" of God would come, had now forfeited that purpose.The result is that God removed Adam and Eve from Eden (which represented the perfectworld that God had created for them), and cast them out into a new world. A world inwhich Adam and all who came after him, would live a life directed by themselves ratherthan God. Instead of being creatures who would express the life of God throughcommunion with His Spirit; they had become mutations of Gods original creation. Theywould now live in a different world than the one originally conceived of by God. Eternallife as well as their spiritual link to God, was broken. The tree of life was withheld by Godand removed as a source of life (Gods life) from Adam and all of his offspring until theredemptive plan of God was complete.That new world which Adam was driven to ("So He drove out the man...Genesis 3:24) isthe same world in which we live today. It is a world designed by man, it is corrupt andgodless, evil by nature and headed by the very creature (Satan) who orchestrated the "fall"of man through his deception of Eve in the garden. This world system that we live in todayis not the one that God had made for His creation. The greed, selfishness, heartache,murder, abuse, hate, and pride-are all the result of mans natural behavior. This worldwill pass away at the second coming of Christ-hallelujah! Let us look with thanksgiving tothe promise given to us by the word of God in the book of Revelations chapter 21 verses 1-4“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth hadpassed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem,coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. AndI heard a loud voice from heaven saying. "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, andHe will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them andbe their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no moredeath, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things havepassed away.”Amen and Amen
The Necessity of RedemptionIt would seem that Gods eternal purpose had suffered derailment at the hands ofSatan through his seduction of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He was successful inexploiting the "free will" inherent in the man Adam-thereby at least temporarily putting ahalt to the plans which God had for His creation. So now death and sin would reign inmankind from the fall of Adam in Genesis 3:7 until today. However, Gods plans areimmutable and ongoing. He had a plan and it involved the very Son by which He wouldnot only implement His plan, but through which He would recover His created beings(mankind). In other words God had as part of His eternal plan-a plan to restore His"fallen" creation and that plan involved His Son.Romans 5:19 For as by one mans (Adams) disobedience many were made sinners, so alsoby one Mans (Christ) obedience many will be made righteous.John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoeverbelieves in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.Our Savior (Jesus) has provided all that is required by God for the restoration of Hispeople. The rest of this study will focus on that fact. Therefore we will look very closely at 4spiritual aspects of Christ death, burial and resurrection.They are as follows 1. Justification 2. New Birth 3. Deliverance 4. Sanctification..Although these four aspects of the redemptive act are important parts of redemption," wemust keep in mind that they are different parts of the one all encompassing act broughtabout by the Cross of Christ. "The work of the Cross is finished and never need berepeated, nor can be added to.These four aspects of redemption will be further dealt with in our studies by taking a indepth look at:1. The Blood of Christ and how it deals with sin and guilt2. The Cross of Christ and how it deals with sin, the flesh and natural man3. The Life of Christ made available to indwell, recreate, and empower men4. The working of death in the natural man so that the indwelling Life of Christ may beprogressively made real in our lives.
John Chapter 17:1-5 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: Father the hour hascome. Glorify Your Son that your Son may glorify You. as You have given Him (Jesus)authority over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whomYou have sent. I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work which You havegiven Me to do. And now O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glorywhich I had with You before the world was. Jesus the redeemerWe know in retrospect that Jesus has become the redeemer of our lives. He is the sourceand the instrument that God used to reinstate His purpose back into the human race.Jesus Himself asserts that this is true as He prays to His Father in the gospel of JohnChapter 17. It is here that we have the privilege of seeing the great love that Jesus has forHis Father. Here in Chapter 17 is the obedient and loving Jesus communicating with HisFather in much the way that an obedient child would let his/her parents know, that theyhave done what was asked of them. Let us read from this Chapter so that we might receiverevelation through Gods word.Again we get a glimpse of Jesus speaking to His Father about completing the work thatGod had sent Him to do and signifying that it is God Himself who has given Him theauthority to redeem mankind back to its original purpose (I have finished the work whichYou have given Me to do).Furthermore Jesus commented that this eternal life that He had the power to give mankindthrough redemption-could only come to those who believed and knew who God was andwho Jesus was. Not simply to know about them-for there are millions who know aboutHim. But here we see the word know as in knowing intimately who He and His Fatherwere. Jesus had glorified His Father on earth by completely doing the will of His Father incoming back and becoming the fulfillment of Gods requirement for mankind to bereconciled (yes even redeemed), back to Him. We see this articulated by Paul in RomansChapter 8:2-4 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from thelaw of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh,God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh on account (because) of sin.He condemned sin in the flesh (this is the great work that Jesus did in obedience to HisFather and that He indicated that He had completed in John Chapter 17), that therighteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to theflesh, but according to the Spirit.And now that this great work was done we find Jesus lovingly asking His Father to restoreHim back to the glorious relationship with Him before the beginning of time. He longed tobe back with His Father and soon would be- for the crucifixion had yet to occur.
John 17:6-8"I have manifested (made known) Your name to the men whom You have given Me out ofthe world. They were Yours. You gave them to Me, and they have kept your word. Nowthey have known that all things which You have given me are from You. For I have givento them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and haveknown surely (without a doubt) that I came forth from You and they have believed thatYou sent Me.” Knowing ChristIn this verse we see where Jesus says that He has taught the disciples the words of God andthat as a result that they believed-without doubt and as a result knew who He and Godreally were. There are many today who believe and yet do not “know.” Earlier in John17:3 Jesus tells us that eternal life is to know both He and His Father. We are told inJames 2:19 that believing alone is not enough, “for even the demons believe and tremble.”The real question is what do you do with and about your belief? Jesus came into this darkworld as Light and in John 1:5 we are told that the world (darkness), comprehended(knew/understood) Him not.I would submit to you today that if you are struggling with your perception of Christianityor your life as a “Christian”-it is quite possible that you have a belief in God, but have yetto know Him. This mental state is described by my brother Watchmen Nee as the “crisis offaith.” This term alludes to the fact that once the Holy Spirit by His grace provides you or Iwith a certain understanding and revelation concerning Who God and His Son JesusChrist are; at once you believe. At once when you believe-the crisis of faith comes uponyou. You believe in but yet still do not know the risen Christ. It is at this point that manybegin to embark upon their own understanding of our Lord. Assumptions are made basedupon our human understanding, intellect, beliefs, ideas, emotions etc. There is only oneproblem with this approach-we are not capable of “knowing” God through our ownunderstanding. It must come by the power and revelation of the Holy Spirit and the Wordof God. I Corinthians 2:10-11 “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. Forthe Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God. For what man knows the thingsof man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things ofGod except the Spirit of God.” Therefore we must humbly pray for God’s revelationthrough His Spirit and Word. The Crisis of FaithThe real crisis of faith comes when you and I make a decision to hold on to our long heldassumptions, religious traditions/doctrines and ideas-rather than the sovereign word ofGod revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible toplease God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder ofthose who diligently seek Him.” In this verse we not only see the tremendous value thatGod has placed upon faith but also the catalyst necessary to produce faith. Faith then ismade possible and increased in those "who diligently" seek to know God. My brothers andsisters-have you diligently sought out to know Him today or are you still feebly holding onto your views of God. Is God not able to teach you who He is? For faith comes by hearingand hearing by the word of God.
John 17:9-11"I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, forthey are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. HolyFather keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one asWe are."At the risk of being repetitive-I would like to state again that Gods eternal purpose was toexpress the life of He and His Son through his created being (mankind). Adams rebelliousact in the garden of Eden created a temporary detour to that purpose. The resulting man"made after Adams likeness," (Genesis 5:3)- would develop without the Spirit of God asHis guide. The world as a result with its systems, civilizations, religions, philosophies etc isthe result of mans plans and is diametrically opposed to Gods purpose. We mustremember that Adam and Eve were driven out of the world that God had created forthem. This world that we live in today is not Gods world, it is mans world and God hasfully rejected it.I John 2:15-16 "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves theworld, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the eyes,and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world." Us as oneOur Lord has provided a way of redemption and restoration and will gather those (Hischurch) who have received His gift of eternal life to Himself and His Son. There is a newworld which He will establish that is spoken of in Revelations chapter 21 and it is thatworld which we are to look to and wait for. So it is that we see Jesus in John 17:9-11making the certain statement that He has nothing to do with this world or those who are apart of it. He has come for those whose eyes have been opened and who have believed withtheir hearts that He is from and of the Father. Let us not miss the significance of the lastsentence in verse 11; "Holy Father keep through Your name those whom you have givenMe, that they may be as one as We are." Here we see our Lord proclaiming His purpose asit relates to Gods eternal purpose. Namely that mankind would be grafted into the life ofthe Father and the Son. Nothing describes Gods purpose more directly than John 14:20"At that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in Me and I in you.”Paul further punctuates this thought and provides further clarification in the book ofColossians 1:27 "To them (Gods saints) God willed to make known what are the riches ofthe glory of this mystery among the Gentiles (those of us who are non-Jews); which isChrist in you, the hope of glory."This then is our hope "Christ in us."
John 17:12-26 Not of this worldWhile I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave MeI have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition (Judas), that the Scripturemight be fulfilled. But now I come to You and these things I speak in the world, that theymay have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world hashated them because they are not of this world, just as I am not of the world. I do not praythat you should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evilone. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Yourtruth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into theworld. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. Ido not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;that they all may be one, as You Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be onein Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me Ihave given them, that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; thatthey may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, andhave loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Memay be with Me where I am, that they may behold my glory which You have given Me; forYou loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has notknown You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I havedeclared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Memay be in them, and I in them." His Joy FulfilledJesus prayed that His disciples (including all of us today) would have His joy fulfilled oraccomplished in us. Jesus joy was in doing the will of His Father and I pray that it wouldbecome our joy as well. We see that in this prayer, Jesus did not ask that we (his disciples)would be taken out of the world; but instead, that we would be kept from "the evil one."Why? Because we saints are to remain in the world to complete the work of Jesus Christ inredeeming others back to the Father through the preaching and teaching of the gospel andmore importantly through His life lived out through us. Sanctification-Gods work!Christ also asked His Father to sanctify us by His truth (verse 19). Jesus Himself wassanctified as the Son of God in the flesh. God had given Him the authority to sanctifyHimself. By sanctifying Himself-He also has sanctified us (his disciples). He states that it isfor our sakes that He sanctified Himself. This gift of sanctification is made possible to usthrough the carrying out of Gods sovereign will by Jesus. We are one with "The Fatherand the Son" and therefore have been sanctified by Gods word, through faith. Leviticus11:44 "you shall be holy; for I am holy." I Peter 1:16 " Be holy, for I am holy." Oursanctification cannot be done through our effort, it has been brought about by JesusChrist and made possible by His death, burial and resurrection. We all are sanctifiedthrough Christ and by nothing more or nothing less. We will look more closely atthe sanctifying power of Christ later in our studies.
His loving request We have further insight into the love that Christ has for us as He prays to His Fatheron our behalf. How amazing that our Lord would include you and I in His prayerconcerning His disciples. We who live today are as much a part of Gods purpose as thosedisciples during the time of Christ. He prays also that we might be "as one as He and HisFather are one. So now the promise as well as the eternal purpose through Jesus’redemption has been extended to you and I. Our Lord finishes this loving prayer with thefollowing petition to God. He simply asks that the "love of God with which He loved HisSon, may be in us as it is in His Son." It is that love which makes His eternal purposepossible in you and I today. God’s great commission to believersFinally I would like to focus our attention to verse 18 as Jesus gives us an early preview ofthe great commission spoken of in Acts 1:8. God’s commission given to us, being that weare to be sent out as ambassadors of Christ. We are to be vessels used by the Holy Spirit toexpress the life of Christ to others-which after all is the eternal purpose of God.
Set Free SeriesGod’s Eternal Purpose is part of an 11 Booklet series. The following is acomplete listing of those booklets. 1. God’s Eternal Purpose 2. God’s Redemptive Plan 3. His Blood 4. The Cross and Sin 5. Christ in Us 6. Us in Christ 7. The Holy Spirit 8. Deliverance 9. The Body of Christ 10.Sons of God 11.RevelationsIf you are interested in receiving one or more of these booklets, please write tome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Booklets are Free!! However, weat Whole Armor, do accept donations to help with printing and other costsassociated with producing this series. All donations can be made through PayPal at http://godanddinosaurs.blogspot.com