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THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #7- OUR COMING GREAT INHERITANCE

NOTE: Many words CAPITALIZED IN UPPER CASE for emphasis sake!

SONSHIP- AN ETERNAL INHERITANCE FROM GOD

This is the 7th in a series regarding the SONSHIP MESSAGE. The term SONS OF GOD used here is an all-inclusive term, referring to both SONS and DAUGHTERS OF GOD, or CHILDREN OF GOD. Intimately related to the subject of SONSHIP, is the concept of an ETERNAL INHERITANCE that God has for us. God is preparing a people unto Himself to be like JESUS and ‘..they shall reign with Him for ever and ever Re22:5.

SONSHIP is the ETERNAL PURPOSE that GOD PURPOSED IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD’ Ep3:11; that God wants more SONS AND DAUGHTERS LIKE JESUS CHRIST Heb2:10. They will be like Him when Jesus returns for them in THE RAPTURE 1Jn3:2. The SONSHIP MESSAGE must be shared so God’s other SONS AND DAUGHTERS can come forth to receive their rightful INHERITANCE that God purchased for them with His life. 

THE SONSHIP MESSAGE IN REVIEW 

God’s plan for SONSHIP began 6000 years ago when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Holy Bible does not state how the SERPENT entered into the Garden, or who planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but in the beginning THERE WAS ONLY ONE LAW OR ONLY ONE OFFENSE: ‘And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: BUT of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt NOT eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die Ge2:16,17.

Not only did God know that Adam and Eve would sin, but that He had to come in the person of JESUS CHRIST, to die for our sins in order to redeem and to save us. Re13:8 states JESUS is  ‘..the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world‘, not just 2000 years ago! But why did God want to pay such a great price, His very life, to die for us? The answer is so He could have more SONS AND DAUGHTERS LIKE JESUS CHRIST!  (For more details, please refer to What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden). Then 4000 years later, God chose the apostle Paul to be the first person to bring forth the SONSHIP MESSAGEpreviously unknown to all mankind!

God gave the apostle Paul the revelation of the  MYSTERY OF CHRIST Ep3:4, the teachings on the SONSHIP MESSAGE. Paul wrote For it became (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 sufferings’ Heb2:10. Paul defined who these SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD areFor as many as are led by the SPIRIT OF GOD, they are the SONS OF GOD Ro8:14. The apostle John also wrote Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the SONS OF GOD.. and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, 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’ 1Jn3:1-3.

The main reason JESUS gave us the HOLY SPIRIT is so that we can be LIKE HIM (SONSHIP)TO BE LED BY HIS SPIRIT Ro8:14. Jesus said For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY GHOST not many days hence’ Ac1:5.  Then ‘.. they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utteranceAc2:4. Also Ac8:17,9:17,10:45,19:6. ‘But we.. are CHANGED INTO THE SAME IMAGE FROM GLORY TO GLORY, even as by the SPIRIT OF THE LORD 2Co3:18.

SONSHIP- A GREAT INHERITANCE FROM GOD OUR FATHER

Our Father God in heaven has a great INHERITANCE for His SONS AND DAUGHTERSgreater than all the combined wealth of the entire world. Paul wroteIn whom (CHRIST) also we have obtained an INHERITANCE, being PREDESTINATED according to the purpose of (God) who worketh all things after the counsel of his own WILL, and In whom (CHRIST) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom (CHRIST) also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of PROMISE, Which is the earnest (pledge) of OUR INHERITANCE until the redemption of the purchased possession (SONSHIP), unto the praise of his glory’; ‘that ye may know what is the HOPE OF HIS CALLING (SONSHIP), and what the RICHES OF THE GLORY OF HIS INHERITANCE IN THE SAINTS Ep1:11,13,14,18.

Paul said that we were PREDESTINATED to obtain an INHERITANCE according to God’s WILL, that after we believed in Christ, we were sealed with the HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISEa pledge of the PROMISE OF ETERNAL INHERITANCE Heb9:15. Paul said I press toward the mark for the PRIZE  of the high calling of God in CHRIST JESUS. This HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS IS SONSHIP and a GREAT INHERITANCE that comes with it.

God has predestinated a GREAT INHERITANCE to those OVERCOMER SONS OF GOD, who are His CHILDREN, HEIRS AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST. Paul wrote The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the CHILDREN OF GOD: and if CHILDREN, then HEIRS; 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.. the MANIFESTATION of the SONS OF GOD’ Ro8:16-19.

JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST mean we would share everything jointly in common with Jesus Christ in ETERNITY.  Since our INHERITANCE comes with certain requirements, it is likened to receiving our REWARD, a PRIZE, an INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN 1Co9:25 from God. We must endure SUFFERINGS  as believers in Christ, and also be OVERCOMERS. Paul who suffered greatly for the Gospel sake Ac9:16 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. John wrote He that OVERCOMETH shall inherit ALL THINGS; and I will be his God, and he shall be my SONRe21:7. We will now look into the nuances of this GREAT INHERITANCE from God our Father!

SONSHIP– A HIDDEN WILL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT 

The NEW TESTAMENT is a covenant of GOD’S WILL for His children. It is a binding contract of the disposition of Jesusassets when He died for us on the Cross. It names the SONS OF GOD as heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ Ro8:16,19. But this WILL IS HIDDEN, because most Christians don’t know it exists, or care about it. The NEW TESTAMENT is the last  WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST made effective by His death, and signed in His own BLOOD. Paul wroteFor where a Testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the TESTATOR Heb9:16. Jesus said This is my BLOOD of the NEW TESTAMENT, which is shed for many Mk14:24. Here we see that JESUS, the TESTATOR had a WILL for us and it became in force upon His death.

Paul wroteBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST: According as (God) hath CHOSEN US IN CHRIST before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before God in love: Having PREDESTINATED us unto the ADOPTION OF CHILDREN (SONSHIP) by Jesus Christ to (God) himself, ACCORDING TO THE GOOD PLEASURE OF GOD’S WILL Ep1:3-5. But unless we know the terms and conditions of GOD’S WILL, we will never attain OUR INHERITANCE and REWARD. A person’s inheritance can either be lost through ignorance, careless sinful living, or even be stolen by others or Satan, of which the Bible gives some examples of.

THE STOLEN INHERITANCE– THE STORY OF TWIN BROTHERS

The Bible tells a story of Esau, the firstborn of Isaac, who lost his BIRTHRIGHT and INHERITANCE to his younger twin brother. Jacob, in conspiracy with his mother Rebecca, stole the birthright from Esau, when Esau who was hungry, for one morsel of meat sold his birthright Heb12:16. Esau lost his inheritance to Jacob because he did not have respect for his birthright and sold it to Jacob for a bowl of pottage Ge25:33. God saidJacob have I loved, but Esau have I hatedRo9:13, perhaps because Esau disregarded his rightful INHERITANCE as the first-born son of Isaac. Esau was impetuous, a flesh man driven by his appetite for the moment.

After testing Jacob’s fortitude, God subsequently changed Jacob’s name to ISRAEL meaning ‘..as A PRINCE HAST THOU POWER WITH GOD and with men, and hast prevailed Ge32:28. The inheritance God gave to Abraham, through his seed, Isaac and Israel, is the promised land of Canaan Ge12:6,7,15:7. In the Bible, God is always regarded as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (ISRAEL) Ex3:6,15,Mt22:32,Mk12:26, and never as the God of Ishmael or Esau. Through the years, the heirs of Ishmael and Esau have contested this inheritance, and are now fighting with the heirs of ISRAEL over the promised land. It is the chief cause of today’s Israeli-Arab conflict which will culminate into the final great battle of ARMAGEDDON in the Middle East, when all the nations of the world will come against Jerusalem and ISRAEL in a nuclear war Re16:16, Zec14:1,12.

THE RESTORED INHERITANCE- THE PRODIGAL SON

The Bible also tells the story of the PRODIGAL SON squandering away his inheritance money with riotous livingLk15:13,with harlots v30; how he was heading for HELL and nearly lost his INHERITANCE of ETERNAL LIFE v32. This story is like many who have ‘lost their Way’, and need to RETURNREPENT, and to REMAIN with OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN Ez3:19-21! Likewise we can also lose our INHERITANCE from God through ignorance or careless sinful living.

Everything we receive from God is predicated on our FAITH. Paul wrote Without FAITH it is impossible to please God..’ Heb11:6. No knowledge, no FAITH! No FAITH, no blessings! Ignorance means no INHERITANCE! The FAITH we need comes not only by the hearing Ro10:17, but also by obeying the Word of God. James wrote ‘..my FAITH by my works.. so FAITH without works is dead..’ Jas2:18,26. Here are some conditions needed to receive our INHERITANCE from God: We must be in Christ 2Co5:17, living a SPIRIT-FILLED life Ro8:14, obeying His Word Mt4:4, be pure and holy Heb12:14, watching and praying for His return Lk21:36, and sharing the Gospel with others Mk16:15. We must know God’s good pleasure for us Ep1:4, and contend for the FAITH Jude3!

A LOST INHERITANCE- A PERSONAL TESTIMONY

About 10 years ago, Henry, an old eccentric friend about 70, a chicken farmer turned carpenter, told my wife and I that he had set aside $100,000 in his checking account for us upon his death. Though Henry was a frequent visitor to our home, often helping with carpentry and having meals with us over the years, we never once inquired about his money. Henry, a loner, a bachelor and retiree, was very frugal, lived alone in a high-rise Condo in downtown Honolulu, went out every early morning to pick-up empty cans and bottles for cash refund. Henry also owned several rental properties. I would pick Henry up weekly for grocery shopping, but one day when I came by, he did not show up. After trying several days to call him on his cell phone, the security guard told me that Henry had passed away in his apartment, after people noticed a foul odor from his unit.

I subsequently learned after checking with his attorney, that Henry had made a new Will six months before he died. Strangely, Henry’s attorney and Henry’s doctor and the executor of his Will, are related through marriage. Also Henry’s insurance man sold Henry, who had no surviving family, a large policy, and his wife, a realtor, sold most of Henry’s properties. An estimated million dollars that my dear friend Henry had possibly went to these individuals. But God knows all; ‘they were judged every man according to their works’ Re20:13 in the final judgment.

We had never coveted any of Henry’s money, but I believe this was ‘blood money; money such that many people lose their their souls over. 1Ti6:10 statesFor the love of money is the root of all evil..’. This is a good example how Satan uses others ‘to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.. Jn10:10. Likewise, Satan does not want anyone to get GOD’S GREAT INHERITANCE, which he had desired. But Satan was thrown out of heaven for trying to take it by force for himself Ez28:16. Jesus said I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heavenLk10:18.

THE BIBLE STATES WHO WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD

The Bible is explicit in who will NOT INHERIT God’s kingdom. Paul wrote ‘Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.. they which do such things shall NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God’ Ga5:19-21 and 1Co6,9,10. John added But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone..’ Re21:8.

Jesus said Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. Jesus continued Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquityMt7:21-23. MANY will lose their INHERITANCE, go into destruction and to HELL, including MANY LEADERS, PASTORS, AND MINISTERS who work iniquity for money, gain, and power.

SONSHIP  AND INHERITANCE– NOT A GIFT BUT A REWARD FROM GOD 

There are important differences between GIFTS AND REWARDS. A GIFT, by nature, is freely given without conditions or ‘strings attached’. The recipient does not pay or earn it, and may not even deserve it. GIFTS from God such as SALVATION Jn3:16, HEALING Lk9:11, RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT Lk11:13, and FORGIVENESS OF SINS 1Jn1:9, are freely given to all who ask Him, and are received by FAITH. On the contrary, a REWARD must be EARNED, by doing something. REWARDS are for the RIGHTEOUS, and for the OVERCOMERS. David said The LORD REWARDED me according to my RIGHTEOUSNESS; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me Ps18:20. John wrote He that OVERCOMETH shall INHERIT all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my SONRe21:7.

REWARDS are for faithful followers of Christ. 1Co3:8 states ‘..every man shall receive his own REWARD according to his own labour’. Co3:24 states ‘.. ye shall receive the REWARD of the INHERITANCE: for ye serve the LORD CHRIST. REWARDS are given according to our works. Jesus said Well done, thou good and faithful servant..’ Mt25:11; ‘For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;and then he shall REWARD every man according to his WORKS’ Mt16:27; ‘..behold, I come quickly; and my REWARD is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be Re22:12.

Paul said Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that LOVE HIM, But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the DEEP THINGS OF GOD’ 1Co2:9,10. Clearly, REWARDS must be earned and that SONSHIP IS AN INHERITANCE REWARD given by God ONLY to His WORTHY SONS AND DAUGHTERS.

SONSHIPTHE MYSTERY OF CHRIST, OUR COMING ETERNAL INHERITANCE

The apostle Paul wrote 14 epistles that revealed the SONSHIP MESSAGE and a HIDDEN WILL of an ETERNAL INHERITANCE from God. SONSHIP is the MYSTERY OF CHRIST Co4:3, ‘which is Christ in (us), the hope of GLORYCo1:27. Paul was the first man chosen by God to know the SONSHIP MESSAGE, previously unknown to the world. Paul wroteNow to (God) that is of power to stablish YOU according to MY GOSPEL, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY, which was kept SECRET since the world began Ro16:25. God ..made known unto us the MYSTERY OF HIS WILL, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in Himself’ Ep1:9; ‘How that by REVELATION (God) made known unto me the MYSTERY’ Ep3:3; ‘Whereby.. ye may understand my knowledge in the MYSTERY OF CHRIST Ep3:4.

Paul was told to ‘.. preach among the Gentiles the UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST (SONSHIP); and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the MYSTERY, which FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD HATH BEEN HID IN GOD..’ Ep3:8,9. Nearing the end of his life, Paul wrote That I may know (Christ), and the power of his resurrection (THE RAPTURE), 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 (THE RAPTURE).. I press toward the MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD (SONSHIP) IN CHRIST JESUS.

Paul said Henceforth there is laid up for me a CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (SONSHIP), which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at THAT DAY (THE RAPTURE) and.. unto ALL them also that LOVE HIS APPEARING 2Ti4:8. Paul anticipated THAT DAY of being a SON OF GOD LIKE JESUS CHRIST, for THEY WHICH ARE CALLED MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL INHERITANCE Heb9:15.

The SONS AND DAUGHTERS LIKE JESUS CHRIST will inherit EVERYTHING that God has: the UNIVERSE Re21:7, the UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST Ep3:8, HIS IMAGE Jn17:22, HIS GLORY Co1:27, RULERSHIP Re22:5, and ETERNITY! Amen!

PLEASE SEE THE REST OF THE SONSHIP MESSAGE SERIES FOR DETAILS. Also feel free to reblog or copy them for your sermons and/or Bible studies.   

• THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #1- Life is About God and Not About Us

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

• THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #3- PAUL’S GOSPEL

• THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #4- From Here to Eternity

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

• THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #6- A Postscript To God’s Coming Glory Upon Us

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!

Please also see the other SONSHIP Messages.. Thank you!

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…