TABLE OF CONTENTS LESSON 1………………………………INTRODUCTION LESSON 2………………………………THE PREDETERMINATION OF GOD AND ATRIBUTES OF GOD LESSON 3………………………………THE FALL AND SIN LESSON 4………………………………RIGHTEOUSNESS LESSON 5………………………………PROPITIATION LESSON 6………………………………REDEMPTION LESSON 7………………………………RECONCILIATION LESSON 8………………………………SALVATION LESSON 9………………………………SANCITIFICATION LESSON 10…………………………….REVIEW LESSON 11…………………………….GOD CHOSE THE NOT THINGS LESSON 12…………………………….GLORIFICATION LESSON 13…………………………….IN CHRIST
Eternal Purpose This work is a reworking of a book written by Larry Deason, published in 1975 and 1976 by Life Communications. Larry has been gracious enough to allow me to reformat this vital information into this power point version. I have made some changes, and do some explanation that are not part of the original work. It is my sincere hope that this work will bring the reader to a deeper understanding of God and the redemptive work of the Cross. I am Harold Howe, 18 Joyce Rd Mechanicville, N.Y. I have no special credentials other than being a Christian, and a desire to help make things clear. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or even if you disagree with what is said in this study. God actually had a plan which he planned in eternity and worked out in the History of Man
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The Plan of God: Central Theme • Introduction: 1. The Bible’s Theme from beginning to end is REDEMPTION. 2. REDEMPTION is the message in both the old and the new testaments.
GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE • Eph 3:8-11 • Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE • Eph 3:8-11 11. according to his ETERNAL PURPOSE WHICH HE ACCOMPLISHED “IN CHRIST JESUS” our Lord. • We see it really is God’s eternal purpose, I have not made that up, this is pure Bible thought.
CENTRAL THEME • I. REDEMPTION, IS THE OUTWORKING OF GOD’S PLAN THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF HUMAN HISTORY. • A. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the historical, factual, redemptive act of God to provide salvation from sin, for all mankind.
“IN CHRIST, IN HIM” • I have taken the liberty to capitalize this phrase, and put it into quotation marks. This has been done for easy reference, as this theme runs throughout the New Testament. Lesson 13 will be a columniation of this theme. This is not an exhaustive list of the “IN CHRIST” passages, as it is found in different forms. ie: IN HIM, IN HIS SON, IN THE SON.
EPHESIANS 1: 3-11 • 3. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing “IN CHRIST”. 4 For he chose us “IN HIM” before the creation of the world to be HOLY AND BLAMELESS in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
EPHESIANS 1: 3-11 • 7 “IN HIM” we have REDEMPTION through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed “IN CHRIST”, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
EPHESIANS 1: 3-11 • 11 “IN HIM” we were also chosen having beenpredestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will … • You see we have not been left to chance, God actually has a plan, and we will explore it in some depth. We will learn what salvation is and how to obtain it. The Bible declares that wide is the road to destruction, but narrow is the way to eternal life, Matthew 7:13. We all only get one life to live and find God, make sure you understand how one may live forever. Your life and well being depend on it.
B. II THEREFORE MAN ACTUALLY HISTORICALLY FELL AWAY FROM GOD AND IS IN NEED OF REDEMPTION • Romans 3: 10-11 • Romans 3: 23 • Romans 5: 12-21 • I Cor 15: 22
ROMANS 3: 10 & 11 • 10 As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. • DO YOU FEEL YOUR BASICLY A GOOD PERSON? I’M NOT SO BAD!! THINK AGAIN!! WHAT IS THE STANDARD YOU ARE USING. God is the standard and He is totally HOLY. YOU HAVE TO MEET HIS STANDARD OF HOLINESS.
THE COST OF REDEMPTION • Redemption cost GOD everything. Christ went through a sever beating, and being nailed to a cross to hang for hours and die a slow agonizing death. To think “I'm not so bad!” requires a cheep grace, and a cheap redemption! THINK AGAIN, you are a sinner, like everyone else, and you need a saving grace, that is worth more than silver or gold, after all we are talking about eternity.
ROMANS 3: 23 • 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
ROMANS 5: 12-21 • 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because allsinned 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
ROMANS 5: 11-21 • 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed on sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.
ROMANS 5: 12-21 • 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ, 18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.
ROMANS 5: 12-21 • 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
WE ALL STAND CONDEMNED • Everyone no matter how good they are lives under a death sentence. All have sinned so all will stand guilty before God, UNLESS they except the provision of God on God’s terms. The choice is yours and mine to make.
TEACHING OF THE FALL • We need to understand that the Bible actually teaches that man severed and lost the close relationship he had with his creator. It was mans fault that he fell away, and man was helpless to do anything to restore that relationship. It was God, that protected man from his own Justice, that protects his Holy nature, and provided a way for the creature to regain the relationship. God actually LOVED his creation so much that He, GOD paid the price which his own JUSTICE DEMANDED.
I COR 15: 22 • 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. • Man in his sin fell from his position, and his relationship with God was damaged. Man was in need of a redeemer, and could do nothing to improve or change his condition, or his damaged relationship with God
GENESIS 3 • Gen chapter 3 records the fall. The rebellion of man against his creator. It also leaves a ray of hope in the promise . • Gen 3: 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring (seed) and hers, he will crush your head, and you will strike his heal. • This is the first promise of redemption.
GOD IS WORKING HIS PLAN • The rest of the Bible record is God’s revelation of His working out His plan of redemption within the framework of human history. • The Old Covenant presents Man’s sinless origin and his fall and separation from God. Man’s inability to save himself, and his need for a redeemer.
GOD IS WORKING HIS PLAIN • The new covenant presents God’s provision for man’s needs: SALVATION & REDEMPTION In Christ and his Church. Book of Ephesians • The Lord Jesus Christ, the proven and declared only begotten Son of God, as the only Savior for sinful man’s need. John 1:1-18 Acts 4:12
Put another way • We live in a world that is sick and dying from a disease called sin. They don’t know they are sick because they feel no pain. They often don’t want to hear that they are under a sentence of death, but that does not change their condition. Jesus has brought the antidote for this illness, but people must come and want to take the antidote for sin. Jesus offers it freely, but he wants a commitment.
JESUS THE ANSWER • John 1:1-18 • 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
JESUS THE ANSWER • John 1: 1-18 • 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
JESUS THE ANSWER • John 1:1-18 • 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying,
JESUS THE ANSWER • John 1:1-18 • 15 “This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.” 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
JESUS THE ANSWER • Acts 4: 12 • 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. • Salvation is gained through an exclusive avenue, it is only through and “IN CHRIST” that it is found. As you do this study notice and write down all the verses that say: “IN HIS SON” or “IN JESUS CHRIST”, or “IN CHRIST” and you will learn of this and how one appropriates it into their lives.
THE MESSIANIC SEED • Gal 3:16 • 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. • Remember the seed of women promise in Geneses chapter 3? It was a promise of redemption for fallen humanity.
THE MESSIANIC SEED • John 1: 29 & 30 • 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.
THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS • The old and new covenants are inseparably linked in the historical unfolding of God’s plan. A. The central theme throughout this one book the Bible maintains that redemption is an absolute necessity for lost humanity. B. Therefore, the plan of God as revealed in history is religious in nature; reconciling sinful man back to Himself.
God preserving the seed line • God protected the seed line throughout human history: 1. preserved through Noah • 2. preserving the Messianic seedline for over 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus. • 3. preserving the seed line through the Babylonian exile. • 4. Preserving Jesus from the murderous Herod. • 5. Preserving the Crucified Jesus. By means of the resurrection.
CONCLUSION • 1. God’s plan of redemption was predetermined in eternity and providentially worked out in time. • Predetermined before the foundation of the world. Eph 1-3 & Col 1 • Providentially and successfully carried out into “the fullness of the times.” Eph 1:10, Gal 4:4, Rom 15:4 • We will see this, and learn of a Loving God, who actually wants to have a relationship with us, as we continue through this study.
E MAIL • May God bless you in your search for him. I pray that you will gain much from this study, and learn to love the God that so loves all of us. • If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to make a comment, please contact me. My email address: email@example.com