Admin • Sunday 21st July 2019
Knowing God's purpose for your life .
The journey of Christianity is you being established in the truth of God .
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Let's understand the Scripture above , from it we see that God is involved in everyone's life even before they were saved .Gods original intent for man is His final intent and His plan is that man is formed as Christ .Christ was the target all along . Gods first purpose for your life is that you are saved , that you receive the life of Christ .
Scripture reference : 2tim1:9-10 , 2Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Most people say that they are waiting for God but the truth is that God is waiting for man .He wants all man to come unto Christ and no man should die without hearing His word . All the workings of God is to bring man unto salvation .
Let's look at verse 8
Prudence is from the Greek word phronesis. Which means implied mental action. Its a form of intectuallism . its from the root word phroneo which means to exercise your mind , to be opinionated. As believers we must be opinionated. Everytime you find yourself saying I don't know , know that you are disgracing God.
Phroneo is a trait of God , it is the character of God that shows he thinks . it shows God is an intellectual. So if you are made in His image and likeness , it means you are made in His stature and behavioral pattern .If your God thinks, that means you ought to think and use your mind . A believer that does not exhibit a form of intellectualism does not express the nature of God in him.
Let's move forward to verse 9
When they say a thing is mysterious it doesn't mean it is hidden , it means the meaning is unknown. Mysteries are knowledge that you acquired only by initiations. It's a point where a person begins to belong. Initiations does not mean evil or satanic, you are initiated in Christ .
The plan of God was before the eyes of the people but they didn't know the meaning . Jesus came to make it plain .Before now purpose was always hidden but now its plain. Not only has the mystery be made know but the mystery of his will
what is his will ?
Will is from a Greek word thelema . Thelema means God's will . so we now know what the people of old did not know and that is Gods original intent . The spirit of truth has now been given unto us and has revealed all things .No knowledge in heaven is hidden from man .God didn't change .
"According to his good pleasure"
Your life is not for your enjoyment , your life is for Gods. You have to enjoy inside His pleasure. Your life is originally for Gods satisfaction. His satisfaction is not hard to come by, the satisfaction of Him is for all men to come unto salvation. It is the redemption of man. You must understand that you are not your own, you've been bought with a price and your whole life now is for the satisfaction of your new owner . All those who says " is it not my life , I want to live my life " you are not your own . you've been bought with a price .
Note : Jesus is not your saviour until He's your Lord.To Lord means to be a servant . You are God's servant and until you have dropped yourself and allowed God to be your Lord, He can't lead you . He won't be responsible for you in the matters of salvation. He is responsible for those who have called him lord
Salavation was not an after thought of God , it's something he sent ahead of man. God's plan was Adam to be like Christ but he missed it . Jesus is not the solution to Adams problem but He was Gods plan for us. Jesus did not come because Adam messed up , he was coming all along .
Scripture Reference : Eph1:19 -20 , 1cor 6:19-20,Gen 1:26,Romans 8:29 -30
Now let's refer back to verse 11
Only at salvation do you have access to Gods plan. Your destination has always been Christ and it will end in Christ . You don't have the power to mess up Gods plan for your life .The whole world has been predestinated but not everybody in the world would live up to his expectation. What would determine if a man would live up to his predestination is the man's response to the Call.
Predestination is tied to the Call and the Call is the gospel . it will start counting for you when you hear the gospel. The preaching of the Gospel is now an ultimate task. The message of predestination does not count for those who has not heard the gospel and God does not judge those who have not heard the gospel. When there is no law there is no judgement .
Scripture reference: Gen37:1 Gen 37:27 Gen 16:1-11,Eph1:5
God's purpose for your life has set a boundary for the kind of event that can happen in your life . There's nothing that can happen in your life that Gods purpose doesn't cover up, this means you can't run out of God's purpose .All of the event that has happened in your life so far is still within the boundary of Gods purpose for your life .This means it didn't take you out His ways. It's the devil that brings guilt. God has already scored you in Christ and He found you perfect.God does not dictate the event of a man's life but he can use it for his advantage. There's a grand plan behind all your mishaps.All the mishaps of your life is covered in God's purpose. Do not label your mistake; let God label your mistake.Let God be your first response. God has only one plan and that is salvation.
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