A friend recently told me that the eternal purpose of God was so vast that it was difficult to grasp and even more difficult to explain. I told him that I agreed. He also said that it’s very difficult to put into one sentence. I also agreed with that, however, after thinking about this later, I decided to take on the challenge. So here is my contribution of consolidating the eternal purpose into one sentence:
“God’s eternal purpose is that the fullness of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, would be displayed and expressed visibly through a vessel that would be a Family/House for the Father, a Bride/Body for the Son, and a Temple for the Holy Spirit.”
In my last post I shared that God has a purpose that we can clearly see in chapter one of Genesis.
If you didn’t read the last post, you can do so here.
The purpose was to create a Man (actually, a race of man) that would both express His nature and character and represent His authority over the earth, especially to His enemy.
Genesis two tells us the way, or plan that God is going to use to accomplish this purpose. He offers man to ingest His very own life. He places man before the tree of life. The obvious implication here is that man would eat of that tree and thereby take the life of God into his being so that he would be able to live by that life and thus accomplish God’s eternal purpose.
God’s purpose could never be accomplished by human life. It takes a much higher life than that. It takes God’s very own life. Divine life, eternal life, uncreated life! Human life is a lower life form that could never fulfill God’s purpose or satisfy His heart. That’s like asking a dog to behave like a human. It won’t work because the dog has the wrong life form. Preachers will stand up in front of people every Sunday morning telling them that they need to do more and to do better to be good Christians. The problem is that all of those people have the wrong life form to live that way! They are being asked to please God with their human life. Impossible!
But in the garden, God placed man in front of a Tree, THE TREE, full of His life! Wow! What an opportunity. Just think… a creature who lives by the life of God! What a concept. Only God could think of such a thing.