The first two studies that I have done have been a bit heavy as far as the subject matter is concerned. I thought it was time for something a bit lighter. Whether it turns out that way we will have to see. I have had this study on my mind since I did the hell study. I thought it was time to have a look at what God’s plan was and what Jesus did on the cross.
As always I would recommend you look into these things yourselves. As I do these studies it has really been building in me a foundation for my faith. It is well worth all the time and prayer because I am finding my knowledge of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit is growing and I am understanding them more and more. I would suggest you pray before you study. Holy Spirit is always willing to help.
God always had a plan.
I always thought that God just made do with what He had. That He never saw Adam and Eve’s mistake coming and that every thing from Adam to Jesus was a fumbled mess that only just came together in the end. I don’t know why I thought that but how wrong was I. In my studies I have come across a lot of scriptures, which point to God knowing from the very beginning, what was going to happen. Even before the world was created. Which is a bit of a game changer. I know that a lot of people will have questions like, If God knew about Adam and Eve’s choice then why did He let it happen and if God knows everything then why did so many people have to die? These are all valid questions and I think they are worth a look. But this is not why I am doing this study. I want to look at what God’s plan was and what it means for us today.
What was Gods plan?
From the foundation of the earth God had always planned to send Jesus to save us from satan, sin and death. Well why did He allow satan to fall then? I hear you cry. Maybe because He wanted us to be able to have a choice. If evil wasn’t around then what kind of a people would we be today. I think that when we choose to love God that means so much more to Him than if we had been made that way like robots.
What does the bible say?
I had a look to see what the bible says about Jesus death on the cross and if God had always designed it that way. This is what I found.
1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as all of you know that all of you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (UKJV)
Here it says that Jesus was foreordained to die but was manifest in the due time. I wondered what the translation for foreordained was and this is what I found.
Blue letter Bible website.
Proginosko, G4267, foreknow, foreordain, know before, to have knowledge before hand, to predestine, to foreknow of those whom God elected to salvation.
To know before. I think it speaks for its self. God knew before the time that Jesus would die on the cross. Which also means Jesus knew as well. Jesus does say that He lays down His life and God loves Him for that. God asked Him to do it and Jesus said yes. John 10:17,18.
The scripture also says that we where redeemed with Jesus’ blood before the world was created. It was Gods plan for Jesus to die for us to cleanse us of our sins before any of us was even born.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: (UKJV)
Here again there is the foundation of the world phrase. Also the word predestinated. God wanted us to be His children before the world was created. We where chosen in Christ. WE WHERE CHOSEN? God chose us before the world was made. It’s not that we made the choice. What about free will then. I think that God saved everyone and chose us. When we come into that choice is when we choose to want to know Him. That is the free will part. God is waiting for us to turn to Him and want to know Him. We also had an inheritance being adopted as children by Jesus. Other translations say that we have sonship through Jesus. Jesus said we are all brethren Matthew 23:8. We are all Gods children from before the world was made.
There are other scriptures, which talk about Jesus dieing for us before the world was made or time began. Titus 1:2, 2 timothy 1:9, 1 Corinthians 2:7, Romans 8:29.
The bottom line is God decided to send Jesus to the cross for us before He made Adam. He also chose us to be part of His family. It was always Gods plan to do this. He did it for everyone. God wanted to put His spirit in all flesh. WHAT? I here you cry. Its true. Lets have a look.
We read it first in Joel 2:28, 29.
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. (UKJV)
It is also mentioned in Acts by Peter.
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; (UKJV)
On all flesh. Lets have a look at these two words. Flesh and All.
Joel 2:28. Basar, H1320. Flesh.
Flesh, body, kin, mankind, of the body of humans and animals, all living things.
Acts 2:17. sarx, G4561. Flesh.
Flesh, carnal, of the living body both of man and beast, a living creature whether man or beast.
Joel 2:28, Kal, H3605, All.
All, any, whole, everything, altogether, whatever, whoever.
Acts 2:17, pas, G3956, All.
All, every, all men, everyone, all manner of, any thing, all things, whosoever, whatsoever.
What does this tell us? God wants to pour out His spirit on all flesh. That’s everything that has breath. Every human, every animal. But what about animals that attack people. If the demons can give us ideas and even take us over. Luke 22:3, John 13:2, Mark 5:5. Why can’t they do it to animals? Mark 5:13, Matthew 8:32, Luke 8:33. Jesus did tell us to cast out demons. Matthew 10:8, Mark 16:17.
If you want to see the spirit of God at work in animals then type into you tube animals caring for other animals. If you do this you will see. God has put His spirit in all flesh. When He did it, must have been when Jesus died on the cross. There is no scripture that gives us a time when this happened but I would say you only have to look for the fruit of love. This is where you will find Gods love.
We see that God decided to save mankind before He made the earth and even before time began. Jesus knew from the foundation of the earth that He would give His life for us. God chose us we did not choose Him first. He has also put His spirit in all things. God has done it all. All we have to do is rest in Him. Through love we will spread this truth and we will only do things because we love Him not because we feel He demands it.
Next I will look at what Jesus did on the cross.