SALVATION THROUGH JESUS WAS GOD’S PLAN ALL ALONG

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SALVATION THROUGH JESUS WAS GOD’S PLAN ALL ALONG

If you knew, in advance, that something was going to hurt you, would you still go through with it? If you knew, way ahead, that a decision was going to cost you an arm and a leg, would you still decide in its favor? If you knew, beforehand, that the path was going to lead to calamitous times, would you still choose it?

The answer is obvious, isn’t it? Of course not. So then, beloved, may I present to you the age old dilemma in Christendom –

Since God, who is omniscient, knew that we would all sin, and He knew that we would be unable to right our own wrongs, so that the only way that our wrongs could be made right is if Jesus came to be our perfect sacrifice, a sinless offering for the sins of all mankind; why did He go through with it? Why bother with the pain and aggravation? Why make man at all?

It’s really simple logic, isn’t it? You see, if

Those who drink get drunk, and
Those who get drunk, go to sleep. And since
Those who sleep do not sin, and
Those who do not sin, go to Heaven;
So let’s all drink and go to Heaven. Right?

Hang on, I think there must be an error in that logic. But anyway…

Omniscience is a very difficult concept to grasp, especially for those of us who are not omniscient. The fact that someone can know all things at all times is not something that we can understand or appreciate; let alone comprehend or even imagine the choices that we would make if we were omniscient.

Indeed, the world wishes it was omniscient, and every theory in Economics assumes omniscience, or perfect knowledge. But omniscient, we are not. And that is why we find it very difficult to understand why, since He is omniscient, does God still allow bad things to happen, and why, since He knows that we are going to screw up, does He even bother creating us in the first place.

But you know, beloved child of God, we don’t have to understand God’s omniscience in order to appreciate His love. We don’t have to understand why God still went ahead to create this world and make man, in order to experience His love. All we need to do is realize that;

“[For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].” 2 Timothy 1:9 [AMPC]

Salvation was not an after-thought. Jesus was not a Plan B. It was not as if one day, God looked down on us and suddenly realized what a mess we had created here on earth and He was scratching His head, trying to think of a solution. It was not as if He was caught unawares by our sin and the devil suddenly popped up one day and told Him that it was too late, Jesus had to be sent as the substitutional atonement, else the world would be lost to him. Not even close. All this God already foreknew.

Our Father knew that you would sin. Yes, He knew. Even before you uttered those words, even before you took that step, even before your blood started responding to the heightened adrenalin caused by your angered emotion, God already knew that you would sin. He knew the exact words that you would use, the very action that you would commit. He even knew the time and the place. Yet, He still went ahead and not only made you, but loved you so much that He would send Jesus for you.

There was a Tom Cruise movie some time back called Minority Report. It postulated how the world would be like if we could predict crime before it happened. And so the movie centered around the group of people who were charged with the responsibility of keeping the peace, arresting the perpetrators before they committed the crime.

Now, for man, this is mere fantasy. But with God, this is reality. So why doesn’t God have His own ‘pre-crime’ crime busting squad? Why doesn’t He stop the sin before it happens? Well, in short, He doesn’t have to, because

“[For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].” 2 Timothy 1:9 [AMPC]
Jesus has already dealt with the sins of all man for all time.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:18
Or to put it more emphatically,

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:3-11 [ESV]

So now, this is our reality, when it comes to sin.

“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.” Isaiah 54:9

And that is why God says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

Now, give yourself some time to take this next bit in…

This was all planned.

No, I don’t mean that sin was planned. That was our own doing. What I’m referring to is God’s solution – Jesus coming to bear on Himself the sins of the world – that was all planned, and planned even “…before the world began [eternal ages ago].” 2 Timothy 1:9 [AMPC]
Doesn’t that blow your mind?

But you know, there is actually one reason why, if given perfect prior knowledge, someone would choose an option that would lead to pain and loss; and that is if the returns far outweigh the costs.

One good way to look at it is through your children. Why did you choose to have children? Why do any of us decide to have children? Don’t we know that they will give us discomfort during conception, sleepless nights during infancy, behavioral problems in their childhood and break our hearts when they get older? Yet, we still go ahead and have children, knowing that they will ‘sin’. Why?

Yes, that is why our Father still went ahead and created us – because He loved us.

You see, if you can love your unborn child, just because he is your child; if you can love your child even before he is even conceived, even when he is just a thought in your head, a figment of your imagination; how much more does our Father, who is omniscient, who knows you fully even when you were a figment of imagination in His head; how much more does our Father love you?

And because of that love for you, that is why He “…saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,” 2 Timothy 1:9

You don’t have to worry about your sin any longer, because Jesus has taken care of that. You don’t even have to worry about falling out of God’s favor, or not doing enough to merit His blessings, because He never needed you to do any of that.

Think about it, if He was willing to send Jesus to die for all your sins, even when you were a merely a speck in His imagination, “…how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

Jesus was spot on when He told us that worry is unnecessary. Well, what He actually said was,

“Therefore do not worry,…” Matthew 6:31

Because when you realize just how much our Father loves you, you will most certainly “Therefore do not worry,…” Matthew 6:31

So open your hearts to the realization of just how much you are loved. Take time to let sink into your heart the fact that your salvation was not an after-thought. And rest in the love of our Father right now.

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