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God’s plan is one for success for all who follow

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POSTED: May 29, 2012 7:00 p.m.

God created all that is. He created a place for man to exist (Genesis 1: 1-24) and then said, “Let us make man…” (Genesis 1:26).

Notice that God made sure man had air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink and ground on which to stand – then he created man. God knew his creation would need something to do, so man was placed in the “…Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it (Genesis 2:15). God provided the things man needed, even companionship as God said man alone was not good. God started the first home with Adam and Eve; this was and is God’s intent for the home — one man and one woman for life.

When sin entered the world by Adam and Eve disobeying God, by the justice of God he could have destroyed man, but he chose to save man if man would obey his commands.  They were punished, cast from the beautiful garden and death entered the world. But God still cared for them, and so began the plan of God to save man from sin. The Old Testament tells of the coming Messiah, the one who would “save his people from sin.” It shows how God’s plan was carried out to bring Christ into the world.

While God’s plan was working, mankind became increasingly sinful and got further and further from God. This was the reason the Law of Moses came to be. Paul explains this in the letter to the Galatians: “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:19–24).

There are those who think Christ was not able to accomplish the mission set out for him by his father. This is far from the truth. He did exactly what he came to do. He gave himself freely for the sins of mankind. God allowed his son to be crucified. “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it” (Acts 2:23-24).

God left his word with the instructions on how to receive forgiveness. Man is to have faith (Hebrews 11:6), to repent of our sins (Luke 13:3), we are to confess Jesus as being the son of God (Matthew 10:32; Acts 8:37), be baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38) and live a life of faithfulness to God (Revelations 2:10b).  

The plan of God is one of success, but it must be followed.

 

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