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THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #5- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus

This is Part 5 in a series on THE SONSHIP MESSAGE that is hidden in the Holy Bible. 

GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD  

In THE SONSHIP MESSAGE series, 4 lessons were already presented explaining; #1 Life is About God and Not About Us, #2 What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden, #3 Paul’s Gospel- the Hidden Mystery of Christ, #4 From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory. In this next series #5 God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus Our Lord will serve as a review and summary of God’s eternal plan for His sons and daughters that Paul said began before the world began: ‘According as (God) hath chosen us in (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love Ep1:4. God already knows who His sons and daughters are, but we need to find out if we are one of them by knowing, desiring and pursuing what He has for us- SONSHIP!

In lesson #1 Life Is All About God and Not About Us served to articulate God’s Sovereignty, that everything was created for His own pleasure and purpose Re4:11. While we all are included in God’s master plan, we all have a free will to choose to be blessed or not by Him. But God’s will will ultimately prevail- ‘thy will be done in earth as in heaven Mt6:10! For the past 6000 years man has had an abysmal record of corruption and violence in his rule over himself and his fellowmen. God will soon end this rule on earth and establish His 1000-year kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy under the lordship of Jesus Christ, and with his overcoming sons and daughters in authority Re1:6. Jesus said ‘he that overcometh.. shall rule the (nations) with a rod of ironRe2:26,27.

In lesson #2, What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden revealed how God jumpstarted his SONSHIP plan for man in the Garden of Eden. God knew Adam and Eve would fall into sin, that sin and death would be passed on to all of us Ro5:12, and that He also would have to pay a great price, his very life to redeem us from our sins Jn3:16. It spoke of why God was willing to pay such a great price to die for us. Besides saving us, it was for SONSHIP so that He could have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ, to give them a great inheritance Ep1:18, the glory that He has Jn17:5,22. In Gethsemane the night before his death, Jesus prayed for a specific group which he said God had given him Jn17:2,6,9,12,15,17,24. SONSHIP is that specific group Jesus referred to, that he would be glorified in Jn17:10, 2Th1:10.

Consider this very important fact: if Adam and Eve did not sin, we would not need a Savior, Jesus would not have come, and we would not have a Bible to tell about God and His eternal plan for us! NO SIN, NO SAVIOR, NO JESUS, NO BIBLE, NO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, and NO SPECIAL PLAN FOR US! But God had everything planned out before the foundation of the world. Then God’s SONSHIP plan for man began with Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden!

In lesson #3 Paul’s Gospel- the Hidden Mystery of Christ showed how God chose a very unusual person 4000 years after Adam, a transformed persecutor and murderer to become a son like Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul was the 1st person to reveal the hidden secret of the mystery of Christ Ep3:4, and the first to serve as an example to be ‘a pattern son like Jesus Christ 1Ti1:16. Paul said ‘be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Jesus Christ’ 1Co11:1. A careful study and understanding of Paul’s Gospel is required to know the mystery of Christ’, and how God will bring many sons unto glory Heb2:10. Paul’s Gospel reveals THE SONSHIP MESSAGE– the inheritance and glory that God intends to give to His sons and daughter one day for Eternity. Ep2:7 statesThat in the AGES TO COME he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus’.

In lesson #4 From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory spoke of what happened in the garden of Eden, actually began eons ago when Lucifer rebelled in heaven for the Glory that God wants to give to His chosen sons and daughters one day. It spoke of the destiny of the sons of God- From Here to Eternity, From Earth to Glory- that they would inherit all things Re21:7, including God’s glory Jn17:5,22! Paul wroteFaithful is He that calleth you, who also will do IT1Th5:24, and Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform IT until the day of Jesus ChristPhp1:6. Who is HE and what is this IT?  God is HE, and IT means us becoming like Jesus Christ! God gave us His Word and Holy Spirit so that we could attain unto SONSHIP!

Lesson #5- God’s Eternal Purpose vs Temporal Purposes in Christ Jesus Our Lord

Besides God’s temporal purposes in sending Jesus, God had an ‘eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11. What is this eternal purpose that God has in mind? Every believer should know the answer to this very important question. Jesus last words on the Cross were ‘It is Finished’ Jn19:30. What Was Finished? Jesus came to do the will of the Father and ‘to finish His work’ Jn4:34. God’s temporal purposes of why Jesus was sent were finished! Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God on earth Mk1:15. He came to give us eternal life Jn3:15. Jesus came to redeem us from sin, sickness, death and hell. Jesus came todestroy the works of the devil1Jn3:8, and to defeat death, our last enemy 1Co15:26, 2Ti1:10. Through Jesus suffering, death and resurrection, God fulfilled His plan and purpose for us. It is Finished!

But what is not Finished? Besides the need to still share the Gospel of Christ to a lost world Mk16:15, God is preparing a people unto Himself to be like Jesus, to rule and reign with Him for eternity. Thus, SONSHIP, the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, still continues in progress! THE SONSHIP MESSAGE also needs to be shared in order for more sons and daughters of God to come forth to receive their rightful inheritance before the close of this age. This inheritance is the glory Jesus now enjoys with the Father that He wants to give to us: ‘..that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints’ Ep1:18.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God Already Knows Who Are His Sons and Daughters

God being Omniscient already knows who His sons and daughters are. But since we don’t know if we are in this SONSHIP group, to be included, we must know, desire and pursue this hidden ‘mystery of Christ’ Ep3:4,Co4:3. The apostle Paul defined who God’s sons and daughters are: ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God Ro8:14. We must be led by the Holy Spirit to be a son or daughter, and  to receive our inheritance.

Paul wrote ‘to whom God would make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory’ Co1:27. Paul said ‘..I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.. that I may win Christ.. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead..  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JesusPhp3:8-14. SONSHIP is the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesusfor Paul and for us!  

God’s Eternal Plan- What Happened Before the World Began

God’s eternal plan is revealed in a number of scriptures regarding before the world began. Eons ago before Adam and Eve were created, Lucifer, aka Satan, and his angels rebelled against God. They were cast out of heaven down to earth Is14:12, Lk10:18, Re12:9, where they are now here to steal, kill, and destroy lives Jn10:10; subverting men’s souls to take as many to hell and the lake of fire with them Re20:10,15. Here are some scriptures regarding what happened before the world began:

Paul wrote ‘(God) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.. according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began’ 2Ti1:9. Paul was given to knowthe revelation of the mystery (of Christ), which was kept secret since the world began Ro16:25. Paul wroteAccording as (God) hath chosen us in (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless..’ Ep1:4.  Jesus said ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world Mt25:34. Jesus isthe Lamb slain from the foundation of the world Re13:8. Paul wrote we must enter into God’s rest for all God’s works were finished from the foundation of the world’ Heb4:3. Peter said we were redeemedwith the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.. foreordained before the foundation of the world..’ 1Pe1:19,20.

In short, All God’s work was already foreordained and finished, as Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world. God had already prepared a kingdom for us, and He chose us in Jesus Christ to be a holy people even before the world began. Also THE SONSHIP MESSAGE was kept secret since the world began until God used Paul to reveal it through his Gospel.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God’s Good Pleasure in Jesus Christ and Toward Us

In order to be blessed by God, It is very important to know what His good pleasure is- in Jesus Christ and toward us. God’s good pleasure is revealed in a few verses, and we can gain much insights as we study them carefully. God created all things for His own pleasure Re4:11. Over 700 years before Jesus suffered and died, Isaiah prophesiedYet it pleased the LORD to bruise him (Jesus); he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand’ Is53:10. God planned to bruise Jesus to be an offering for our sins. InterestinglyGod’s good pleasure was for Jesus to suffer and to be an example of SONSHIP for us. Paul wrote For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth Heb12:6.

Also, God has pleasure in the prosperity of his servantPs35:27. He takespleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy’ Ps147:11. Paul saidFor it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure Php2:13. Jesus said ‘..it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’ Lk12:32. God’s good pleasure is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. Ep1:4,5 stateAccording as God hath chosen us in Christ.. that we should be holy.. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Heb2:10 states ‘For it became (God) in bringing many sons unto glory..’. This is God’s good pleasure – to change us to come forth as His sons and daughters like Jesus Christ, to give us His kingdom and His glory! SONSHIP is all about God’s good pleasure toward and for us!

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God’s Love Revealed and Defined

The apostle John said ‘..God is Love1Jn4:8. What is the breadth, length, depth, and height of God’s love for us Ep3:18? There are a few scriptures that reveal and describe this love. God’s love is revealed in Jn3:16: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. God loved us so much that He died for our sins. 1Jn3:1 statesBehold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God’. The manner of God’s love is described by calling us as His sons and daughters. Ep3:19 declares .. to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God’. Ep4:13 adds Till we all come ..unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Putting all these verses together, the love of God and the love of Christ, they reveal that God want us to be like Him in all the fullness of Christ. Thus, God’s love is defined as us having all His fullness, to be like Him- SONSHIP!

Jesus said the scripture cannot be broken Jn10:35. This means that whatever was written in the Word of God shall surely come to pass. Jesus said ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ Mt24:35. God gave us His Spirit so that we can become like Christ. Paul wroteKnow ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?’ 1Co3:16. God wants us to become like Jesus Christ in all His fullness! This is the nature of God’s love toward us: God wants sons and daughters to conform to the image of Jesus Christ Ro8:29, to give them everything Re21:7. THE SONSHIP MESSAGE is God’s love revealed and defined.

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE- God’s Eternal Purpose Which He Purposed in Christ Jesus Our Lord

Finally, God wants us to know about SONSHIP about His desire for more sons and daughters. The prophet Isaiah wrote of the unveiling of the sons of God Is45:11: ‘Thus saith the LORD.. Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me’. Isaiah said  ‘ARISE, SHINE; for thy light is come, and the Glory of the LORD is risen upon thee’ Is60:1.  Peter said ‘If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of Glory and of God resteth upon you’ 1Pe4:14. Paul wrote ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God’ Ro8:19,21.

Since creation after Adam and Eve fell, the earth continues in the bondage of corruption and sin, and it yearns for deliverance into the glorious liberty of the sons and daughters of God. From the beginning of time, it was all in God’s plan to raise up his sons & daughters unto Glory. So at the closing of this age, God’s sons and daughters will be manifested to bring deliverance to this world, and for the ages to come, God ‘might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus’ Ep2:7. This is THE SONSHIP MESSAGE: SONSHIP is ‘the Eternal Purpose Which God Purposed in Christ Jesus Our Lord Ep3:11. AMEN!

Note: In the New Testament, the Greek word for ‘Glory’ is Doxa (dox-ah). It means dignity, glorious, honour, praise, worship’. Doxa is used to describe the Glory of God as in Ro15:7, the Glory Jesus enjoys with the Father Jn17:5, and the Glory Jesus wants to give to us Jn17:22. This Glory is the same Doxa that God wants to give to us as mentioned in Co1:27, Heb2:10, and in many other verses such as Ro8:18, 2Co3:18, Ep1:18, 2Th2:14, 1Pe1:7,8, 1Pe5:1,4. This is the Doxa that God wants His chosen sons and daughters to have! 

Please also see the other SONSHIP messages..  Thank you for reading, and may God bless you, even unto  SONSHIP!  ~Drgold

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #2- What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden

This is Part 2 in a series on The SONSHIP Message that is hidden in the Holy Bible!

What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden   

Why am I here? What is life all about? Why did God create me? What will happen to me after I die? Was I born to die or is there more to life than thatDid God have two plans- a Plan A when creating Adam and Eve, and then a Plan B when they sinned while in the Garden?

NO! God who knows the end from the beginning had only One Plan. He never makes a mistake and always has everything under control. From the beginning of time God had only one plan for man! From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind; 6000 years have nearly passed and the 1000 year-reign of Jesus Christ will soon begin. For an Eternal God, 7000 years is a just a blink of an eye. There is much more God has for us, but are not revealed in the Holy Bible. They deal with EternitySo what is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11? Paul wrote .. God hath chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself  (SONSHIP), according to the good pleasure of his will’ Ep1:4,5.

God knew and chose us in Jesus Christ before the world began, to be a holy people, long before we knew and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Before our parents met, before Adam and Eve were created, and before the world began, God chose us to be His holy children, according to the good pleasure of His will. 2Ti1:9 states God ‘..hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.. according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began’. God had predestinated everything, and His purpose and good pleasure are intertwined in all His creation. But how do we know that we are included in this chosen group? To be in this group, we must be in Christ, living a holy and blameless life before God in love. Otherwise, we are not. We will now discuss God’s sovereignty and what is His good pleasure toward us.

God’s Sovereignty and His Good Pleasure

God is Sovereign and Almighty. He does whatever He wants. He chooses whomever He pleases ‘..according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself’ Ep1:9. To illustrate God’s sovereignty, as Creator we had no choice to be born: no choice of our parents, our gender, male or female, our ethnicity or nationality- yellow, brown, red, black or white, or the country we were born in e.g. Africa, China, or the USA. Also, we had no choice of when in time and history we would be living. Would you have liked to have live in Noah’s days, during the great flood when all died except for 8 people, or in the days of Moses, wandering aimlessly in the desert for 40 years until many people died off? It was a Sovereign God who put us into this world, chose our parents, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and when in time we would be living. God chose you and I to be living today.

Why is this so special? God chose us to be living in these last days such that one day soon, some of us will see Jesus and be taken alive to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:17. John wrote ‘when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is1Jn3:2. Jesus said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see GodMt5:8. We are living in a very special time when Jesus will return to take us to heaven with Him Jn14:3. Because of His sovereignty and great love, God worked out His great plan and purpose for us! To learn God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus- why He created us, and what He wants to achieve in us, we must first examine WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN!

In the Garden of Eden

Ge1:1 states that God created the heaven and the earth. God put all the trees and animals on the earth and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Every tree God planted was pleasant to sight and good for food Ge2:9. God also allowed the serpent to be in the garden. Re12:9 tells that the old serpent is the Devil or Satan. How did the tree of knowledge of good and evil (the forbidden tree) get in the garden? Since it was an evil tree, God did not plant it; perhaps Satan did! Mt13:25,39 states the devil is the sower of tares, or the planter of the bad seed. Like God’s trees, the forbidden tree was also beautiful Ge3:6, but not good for food.

In the beginning 6000 years ago, God had only ONE LAW- thou shalt not eat of the forbidden tree;for in that day you eat thereof, you shall surely die’ Ge2:17. However, consider these facts: Without the serpent, there would not have been any temptation, and without the forbidden tree, no sin! So here is a very important revelation: If Adam and Eve did not sinwe would not have needed a Savior; Jesus would not have to come, and if Jesus did not come, we would not know Him and about God’s great plan for us. Jesus means ‘he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21.

Consider thisNO SIN, NO SAVIOUR NEEDED, AND JESUS NEED NOT COME; NO SPECIAL PLAN FOR MAN, NO HOLY BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED and WILL HAPPEN, and we would have NO KNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS! Without the Bible, we would not know of God’s great love for placing us here on earth, and His eternal purpose for us in Christ Jesus ourLord Ep3:11! BUT ADAM AND EVE DID SIN, WE NEEDED A SAVIOUR, JESUS CAME TO SAVE US. NOW WE HAVE THE BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AND WILL HAPPEN, AND NOW WE HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND HIS LOVE, AND HIS GREAT PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR OUR LIVES Jn3:16!

The Garden Scene/The Garden Sin

Adam and Eve may have lived in the garden for many years before they gave in to the serpent’s temptation. They were carefree, asexual having no children, and were in daily communion with God. They had no hunger, no sweat, no sorrow, no pain, no lack, no strife, no bondage, no problems, no violence, no sickness, no disease, no sin, no evil and no death! They were vegetarians who ate the fruit of all the trees except one in the Garden. They were healthy and would have lived forever. Prior to sinning, Adam and Eve were clothed with a bright glory.

The Bible said that the serpent was very subtil and wise Ge3:1, and perhaps very attractive. The serpent stood upright and could talk like a human. The serpent may have encountered Adam and Eve many times. But he laid a trap for them one day, even as he does for all of us 2Ti2:26. The devil was a murderer from the beginning and is the father of lies Jn8:44. Satan seeks to steal, kill and to destroy us Jn10:10. Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s lie about becoming as wise as gods Ge3:5, disobeyed and broke God’s only law then, became wise, knowing good and evil, and also perverted and corrupt. Their eyes were opened and they lost their glory, and realized they were naked and sinful. Ro5:12 states by Adam, sin and death entered into the world, and they were passed on to every man!

God’s Life for Our Life- To Bring Forth His Eternal Plan

God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and He would have to die for our sins. God is Omniscient and knows the end from the beginning, what will happen before they happenThe Bible tells us Jesus isthe Lamb slain from the foundation of the world Re13:8, not just 2000 years ago. Ep1:4 states that ‘..God has chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before God in love’. Why do we need to be holy and blameless if there was no sin? 2Ti1:9 states that ‘God had saved and called us with an holy calling before the world began’.

Ac2:23 declares that it was by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God’ that Jesus would be crucified and slain. But why did God want to pay such a great price to save us? God had planned to die for our sins. It was His choice before the world began to come down to earth to pay for our sins and to effectuate His great plan for usIsaiah 53 prophesied of the death of Jesus, the suffering Messiah, 700 years before it happened. It is all about God’s great love and God’s grace!

Salvation is all about God’s great love for us and God’s grace toward us! So why was God willing to pay the ultimate price, His life, to die for us to save us Jn15:13?  What was God’s motiveIt was His prerogative and choice to die for us Knowing that man would sin, God gave His life for our lifeGodin the person of Jesus Christ, came to earth to die for us. Here are some reasons why Jesus came to earth: 1.To teach and preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, to heal every sickness and disease Mt4:23, 2. To save sinners 1Ti1:15, 3. To make us free Jn8:36, 4. To destroy the works of the devil 1Jn3:8, 5. To give us an abundant life Jn10:10, and eternal life Jn3:16, 6. To taste death for every man He2:9, and to destroy death 1Co15:56. But the most important reason why Jesus came was to redeem us SO THAT GOD CAN HAVE MORE SONS AND DAUGHTERS LIKE JESUS.

Tit2:13,14 state Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus ChristWho gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself A PECULIAR PEOPLE, zealous of good works. 2Co6:17,18 declare ‘.. I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, saith the Lord Almighty’. This is the SONSHIP Message- God’s eternal plan to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- a people like Jesus Christ!

God’s Great Love For Us- the Gift of His GLORY

We express our love by giving to others, such as our families, friends, and those in need. Love is conveyed through our words and actions. Even more so with God! 1Jn4:8 tells us God is love’. God is the personification of Love. The measure of God’s great love for us is proven by His willingness to die on the cross for us in the person of Jesus Christ Jn3:16! Another very important aspect of God’s love is His desire to share all of that He has. Ep1:18 states ‘that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the GLORY OF HIS INHERITANCE in the saints’.

But because God is also Holy and Just, He is constrained to give His GLORY only to those who are deemed worthyonly to those who are pure and holy, who have been tested and proven. Peter wrote ‘..the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and GLORY at the appearing of Jesus Christ 1Pe1:7. Paul wrote For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?’ Heb12:6,7.

Paul saidThe Spirit itself beareth witness.. that we are the children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we SUFFER WITH HIM, that we may be also GLORIFIED together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD  Ro8:16-19.

Before dying on the cross for us, Jesus expressly prayed the Father saying And the GLORY which thou gavest me I HAVE GIVEN THEM..’ Jn17:22. Paul wrote Godcalled you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST’ 2Th2:14; That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and GLORY’ 1Th2:12. God sent His Spirit to ‘change us from GLORY to GLORY into the same image as Jesus Christ 2Co3:18. God’s desire is that we become like Jesus in order to give us all things. Re21:7 states He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

In short, this is the SONSHIP message: God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ to give them His GLORY and EVERYTHING that He has. But SONSHIP is only for those who know of God’s great plan, for IT WOULD REQUIRE FAITH, DESIRE, AND EFFORT ON OUR PART FOR IT TO BE FULFILLED IN US. 

The SONSHIP Message- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus

God’s plan is indeed to bring many sons to GLORY. Heb2:10-11 state For it became him (God), for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto GLORY, to make the captain of their salvation (Jesus) perfect through sufferingsFor both he that sanctifieth (Jesus) and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren’What can be clearer than this? Jesus came to earth so that God could have more sons and daughters like Him.

By His coming, Jesus left us an example to follow. Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it Mt16:24-25.  The apostle John wrote Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the SONS of GOD.. when He shall appear, we shall be like Him (Jesus); for we shall see him (Jesus) as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure’ 1Jn3:1-3.

Ro8:29-30 state for whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that Jesus might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called.. he justified, them he also GLORIFIED’. Php3:21 states God willchange our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body‘. Paul wroteThat I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:10-14. Paul’s goal and our goal should be the same- to become like Jesus Christ. This is what the SONSHIP message is all about!  God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ so that HE CAN GIVE US ALL THAT HE HAS- EVERYTHING AND ALL THAT HE HAS Re21:7.

The SONSHIP Message- The Paramount Reason Why God Created Man

In summary, the paramount reason why God created man is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- SONSHIPIt is about God’s love and desire to give His inheritance of GLORY to usThis is the same GLORY that Lucifer wanted to extort from God, but was cast out of heaven. Lucifer wanted this GLORY that belonged only to Jesus then, and later reserved for those God who will change to become like Jesus Christ. Lucifer’s evil desires is found in his 5 I wills’: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God : I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH’ Is14:13-14. Lucifer was subsequently defeated in his rebellion against God, and was cast down to earth Ez28:17,18, Lk10:18.

Years later after Lucifer fell, God jumpstarted His great SONSHIP plan for man when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden 6000 years ago and allowed Satan the serpent, and the tree of offense- the no-no tree to be there. Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of that evil tree, whereby, sin and death enter into the world. And because Adam and Eve sinned, we needed a Savior; Jesus had to come to earth to die for our sins. And because of Jesus, we now have the Bible, and we can now know of God’s great love and His plan to give us an inheritance of His GLORY. God sent Jesus Christ to be the perfect example for us to follow. Ep4:13 statesTill we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST’. 

We are nearing the time of perfection when the Rapture will soon occur. 1Jn3:2 states ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. 2Co3:18 states weare changed into the same image from GLORY to GLORY, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’. Ro8:14 tells us ‘As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the SONS of GOD’Ro8:19 states ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the SONS of GOD’. This is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11, and the paramount reason why God created us- for SONSHIP, to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ in order to share all His riches and GLORY with us for all ETERNITY. And all this began in the Garden of Eden! Amen!

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What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden Part III Conclusion

What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden- The SONSHIP Message 

God’s Great Love For Us- the Gift of His Glory

1Jn4:8 tells us ‘.. God is love’.  God is the personification of Love.  God’s love is perfect. Love is conveyed through words and actions.  We express our love by giving to others- our families, friends, and those in need.  Even more so with God!  The measure of God’s great love for us is proven by His dying on the cross for us in the person of Jesus Christ Jn3:16!

Here is a also another very important aspect of God’s love:  Because God is love, He wants to share all of His riches and glory with us Ep1:18.  But because God is also Holy and Just, He is constrained to give His glory only to those who He deemed are worthyonly to those who are pure and holy, who have been tested and proven.  Peter wrote ‘..the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ 1Pe1:7.

Paul wrote ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us Ro8:16-18.  Jesus expressly prayed the Father saying And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them..’ Jn17:22. 1Th2:12 states That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. Paul wrote ‘Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ 2Th 2:14.

God gave us His Spirit to change us from glory to glory into the same image as Jesus Christ 2Co3:18.  God’s desire is that we become like Jesus, so He can give us all things. Re21:7 states He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  In short, this is the SONSHIP message- God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ.  But SONSHIP is only for those who know of this great plan that God has for us.  It would require faith and a desire to be like Jesus on your part for it to be fulfilled in you. Without these virtues, faith and desire, SONSHIP will  be unattainable to you!

The SONSHIP Message- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus  

Jesus came to earth so that God could have more sons and daughters like Him.  By His coming, Jesus left us an example to follow.  Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it Mt16:24-25.  He2:10 states ‘it became God.. in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

1Jn3:1-3 declare Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the SONS of GOD.. when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  Ro8:29-30 state for whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that Jesus might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified’.  

Php3:21 states God will ‘change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body‘.  Paul wrote ‘That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:10-14.  Paul’s goal and our goal should be the same- to become like Jesus Christ.  This is what the SONSHIP message is all about!  God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ so that He can give them all that He has-  EVERYTHING that He has Re21:7.

The Paramount Reason Why God Created Man- For SONSHIP

In conclusion, the paramount reason why God created man is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ (SONSHIP), in order to share His glory with them!  This is the same glory that Lucifer wanted to extort from God and was cast out of heaven;  the glory that belonged only to Jesus and reserved for those later that will become sons of God. Lucifer’s desires can be found in his 5 ‘I wills’- I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High Is14:13-14. Lucifer was defeated in his rebellion against God, and was cast down to earth Eze28:17,18, Lk10:18, Re12:9.

After Lucifer fell, some untold years later God jump started His great SONSHIP plan for mankind, when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden which was 6000 years ago.  God allowed Satan and the tree of offense, the no-no tree, also to be there.  Adam and Eve partook off the fruit of that evil tree, thereby sin and death came into the world. Because of Adam and Eve sin, we needed a Savior; Jesus had to come to die for our sins.  And because of Jesus, we now have the Bible, and we can now know of God’s great love and plan for us, and of His inheritance that He intends to give us.

God sent Jesus Christ to be the perfect example for us to follow.  Ep4:13 states ‘Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect manunto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.  We are nearing the time of perfection when the Rapture will soon occur.  1Jn3:2 states ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’.  It is the Holy Spirit’s job to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.  Ro8:14 tells ‘As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  2Co3:18 states we ‘are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’.

Ro8:19 tells ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the SONS of GOD’.  This is the ‘eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11 and the paramount reason why God created us- for SONSHIP, to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ in order to share all His riches and glory with us for all eternity.  And it all began in the Garden of Eden!

This concludes What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden!  Amen!



What Really Happened Part II

What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden- God’s Eternal Purpose Revealed          Part II    

The Garden Scene/The Garden Sin
Adam and Eve may have lived in the garden for many years before they gave in to the serpent’s temptation. They were carefree, were asexual and had no children, and were in daily communion with God. They had no hunger, no sweat, no sorrow, no pain, no bondage, no lack, no strife, no problems, no violence, no sickness, no disease, no sin, no evil and no death! They were vegetarians or fruitarians, who ate the fruit of all the trees except one in the garden. They were healthy and would have lived forever. Prior to sinning, Adam and Eve were clothed with glory.  The Bible said that the serpent was very subtil and wise Ge3:1, and perhaps very attractive.  The serpent stood upright and could talk like a human.  The serpent may have befriended and encountered Adam and Eve many times.  But he laid a trap for them one day, even as he can for all of us 2Ti2:26.  This is what temptations are all about- traps of the devil!  The devil was a murderer from the beginning and is the father of lies Jn8:44.  Satan seeks to steal, kill and destroy Jn10:10. Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s lie about becoming as wise as gods Ge3:5, disobeyed and broke God’s only law and became wise, knowing good and evil, and also became perverted and corrupt.  Their eyes were opened and they realized their nakedness and sinfulness. Ro5:12 states by Adam, sin and death entered into the world, and was passed on to every man!

God’s Life for Our Life; God Knew He Had to Die For Our Sins

It can be proven that God knew that Adam and Eve would sin. The Bible states Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world Re13:8, not just 2000 years ago.  Ep1:4 states that God has chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before God in love.  Why do we need to be holy and without blame if there was no sin?   2Ti1:9 states that God had saved and called us with an holy calling before the world began.  Ac2:23 declares that it was ‘by the determinate counsel andforeknowledge of God’ that Jesus would be crucified and slain’. Why did God want to pay such a great price for us?  It was God’s plan to die for our sins.  It was the choice of a sovereign God before the world began, to come down to earth as the man Jesus to give His life to save us; to die for our sin and to effectuate His great plan for us.  The prophet Isaiah spoke of the death of a suffering Messiah 700 years before it happened, which described what happened to Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53).   Salvation is all about God’s great love for us, and God’s grace toward us!

God’s Life for Our Life- To Bring Forth His Eternal Plan in Christ Jesus For Us

So why was God willing to pay the ultimate price, His life to save us Jn15:13?  What was God’s motive?  It was His prerogative and choice to die for us!  Knowing that man would sin, God gave His life for our life.  God, in the person of Jesus Christ, came to earth to die for us. Here are some reasons why Jesus came to earth:  1.To teach and preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, to heal every sickness and disease Mt4:23,  2. To save sinners 1Ti1:15,  3. To make us free Jn8:36,  4. To destroy the works of the devil 1Jn3:8,  5. To give us an abundant life Jn10:10, and eternal life Jn3:16, and 6. To taste death for every man He2:9.  But the most important reason why Jesus came was to redeem us so that God can have more sons and daughters like Himself.  Tit2:13,14 state Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works’.  2Co6:17,18 declare ‘.. I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty’. This is the Sonship Message!  This is all about Sonship- God’s eternal plan to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- a people like Jesus Christ!

End of Part II. To be continued…

What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden- God’s Eternal Purpose Revealed

What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden   Part I  Wyman Au

Why am I here?  What is life all about?  Why did God create me?  What will happen to me after I die?  Was I born to die or is there more to life than that?  Did God have two plans- a Plan A when creating Adam & Eve, and then a Plan B when they sinned?  No, God has only one PLAN!  God is perfect, makes no mistakes, knows the end from the beginning, and has all things under control.  From the beginning of time God had only one plan for man!  From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind;  6000 years have nearly passed and the 1000 year-reign of Jesus Christ will soon begin.  For an eternal God, 7000 years is a just a blink of an eye.  There is more to come for us, but not yet revealed in the Bible– Eternity!

So what is the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, as stated in Ep3:11?  In Ep1:4,5 it state ‘According as God hath chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will’.  God knew us before we were born and chose us in Jesus Christ before the world was formed to be a pure and holy people, long before we knew and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Before our parents met, before Adam and Eve were created, and before the world began, God chose us to be His holy children, according to the good pleasure of His will.  2Ti1:9 states God ‘.. hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.. according to his own purpose  and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN’.  God had predestinated and predetermined everything.  God’s purpose and his good pleasure are intertwined in all of creation.  Re4:11 tells God is worthy of all glory, honor, and power for He created all things for His pleasure.  The key to God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus- why He created us, and what He wants to achieve in us all began in the Garden of Eden.  But first we will look at God’s sovereignty and what is His good pleasure.

God’s Sovereignty and His Good Pleasure
God is Sovereign and Almighty.  He does whatever He wants and when He wants.  He chooses whomever He pleases ‘..according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself’ Ep1:9.  To illustrate God’s sovereignty as Creatorwe had no choice to be born: no choice of our parents; of our gender, male or female; of our ethnicity or nationality- yellow, brown, red, black or white, or the country we were born in, e.g. Africa, China, or the USA.  Alsowe had no choice of when in time and history we would be living.  How would you liked to have lived in the days of Noah during the great flood when all perished but 8 people, or in the days of Moses, wandering aimlessly in the desert for 40 years until many died off?  It was a Sovereign God who put us into this world, chose our parents, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and when in time we would be living.

Also God chose you and I to be living today.  Why is this so special?  God has chosen us to be living in these last days such that, one day soon, some of us will see Jesus, not die, but to be like Him and be taken to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:17,1Co15:51.  John wrote ‘when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’ 1Jn3:2.  Jesus said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God’ Mt5:8.  We are living in a very special time when Jesus will return to take us to heaven with Him Jn14:3.  Because of His sovereignty and great love for us, God worked out His great plan & purpose for us, and it all began in the Garden of Eden!

In the Garden of Eden
Ge1:1 states that God created the heaven and the earth.  God put all the trees and animals on the earth, and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  Every tree God planted was pleasant to sight and good for food Ge2:9.  God also allowed the serpent to be in the garden.  Re12:9 states ‘the old serpent is the devil or Satan’.  How did the tree of knowledge of good and evil (‘the no-no tree’) get there in the garden?  Since it was not a good tree, God did not plant it;  perhaps Satan did.  Mt13:25,39 tell the devil is the sower of tares, or the planter of the bad seed.  Like God’s trees, the ‘no-no tree’ was also beautiful Ge3:6, but not good for food.  In the beginning 6000 years ago, there was only one law– thou shalt not eat of the ‘no-no tree’;  ‘for in that day you eat thereof, you shall surely die’ Ge2:17.  However, consider these facts:  without the serpent, there would have been no temptation, and without the ‘no-no tree’, no sin!  Was it fair for God to put man in the circumstance of sin by allowing the ‘no-no tree’ there?  Jas1:13,14 state ‘Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed’.  It is Satan that tempts!  Adam and Eve were tempted by their own lust, and enticed.  But what was God’s purpose to put man in this situation?  God foreknew that Adam would sin.  But here is a very important revelation:  If Adam and Eve did not sinwe would not have needed a Savior;  Jesus would not have had needed to come, and if Jesus did not come, we would not know Him and about God’s great plan for us.  The name Jesus means ‘he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21.  Consider this– NO SIN, NO NEED FOR A SAVIOUR, NO JESUS, NO SPECIAL PLAN FOR US, NO HOLY BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN, AND NO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!  And without the Bible, we would not know of God’s great love for placing us here on earth, and His eternal purpose FOR US IN CHRIST JESUS!

End of Part I. To be continued…