Sunday, September 02, 2012

God and Man in History

Prior to creating man, God established a plan of salvation.  God determined that he would create beings with free will, and in the event that they would rebel, He would have a plan in place, BEFORE the foundation of the world.  The Trinity agreed that if man needed to be redeemed and rescued, that they would have a plan in place for this redemption/rescue from man’s rebellion and sin.  In John 17:24, Jesus stated "Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”  Thus, we have the Son of God becoming the Son of Man and becoming an offering and a sacrifice for the sin of mankind.  God, in His wisdom, determined the need for this redemptive plan and the Trinity initiated this plan before the foundation of the world. 

God implemented this plan of salvation FROM the foundation of the world, as a response to man’s sin and rebellion against His precepts.  Jesus said, in Matthew 25:34, "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”  Jesus also said, in John 12:46 “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”  Jesus Christ is the ultimate provision of God’s plan of salvation for a human race who has rebelled and rejected His precepts.

Throughout history, God has demonstrated a consistent nature and character that do not change, while dynamically interacting with mankind.  He has revealed to us, in the Old Testament scriptures, that He can and does change His mind in accordance with mankind’s influence and reasonable requests.  The most noted of these examples is found in Exodus 32 when the Israelites worshipped a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain with God… verses 11-14 - Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, "O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? "Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people. "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'" So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.   This is just one of many examples where God interacts this way with His created beings.

The point is this, that although God may initiate and carry out plans that we have nothing to do with, He also responds to us and interacts dynamically with us while also remaining consistent to His nature and Character.  A thorough and honest reading of the Old and New Testament scriptures will reveal this to you as you study God’s word.   Written by Keith A. Dunlap

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