The Plan Of God For Man

One of the most profound scriptures in the Bible is written by the apostle Paul in Romans 3:23, "For all men have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God." The awful part of this verse is not that we have sinned, but that our sin cost us the glory of our God.  Imagine a life of living in the glory, of never knowing sin, of always having God's presence. Well, that is God's plan for man and so far one man has fulfilled His plan, the Son of God, Jesus.

Jesus is the one man who never knew sin though He was tempted on all points like as we, yet He was without sin. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Cor 5:21, "That the Father made Him sin who knew no sin so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." This is the plan of God for you. He wants you, and went to this degree to give you opportunity to experience the same relationship with Him that His Son has.

Jesus prayed in John 17:21, "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: That the world may believe that thou hast sent me." When the world sees you and I one with the Father and Jesus they will see a reality that can only be produced through the shed blood of Jesus. What the world is going to see is a glorious church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish, Eph 5:27.

Jesus was asked a question in John 6:28, "What shall we do to do the works of God?" Jesus' answer was, "to believe on Him whom God has sent."  It will be by faith that we enter into the plan of God for man.  There is nothing to earn, you are already qualified for this relationship because your only justification is the blood of the lamb. God has already provided everything you need to experience this life with Him.

Jesus was asked in Mt. 22:36, which is the great commandment and He responded with "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two comandments hang all the law and the prophets." In both places where the Greek word is translated love, the Greek is "agape." The revelation is that agape is God's love not your love. In order to love God the way He needs you to love Him, He must be intimately involved in your life just like He is in His Son's life.

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:5, "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." The first century church was experiencing the agape of God being poured out into their hearts. This is the plan of God for man. This is why God gave His only begotten Son, so through the shed blood, God could reconcile man back to Himself, so He could continue with man where He left off with the first Adam. God's plan for you is to draw you into an intimate relationship with Him until you are able to agape Him on His level.

In 1 John 4:7-8, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love" KJV. The words translated love in verse 7&8 in the Greek are agape both in the noun and verb form. What John is saying is that it takes God's love to enter into an experiential relationship with Him. We know about God through His word, but through His love we will come to experientially know Him. As we grow in His love we will be able to fulfill the two greatest commandments.



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