THE BIG PICTURE

sbc-open-forum-avatar2God made the world.

He did so with a purpose. A purpose besides just getting glory.

He wanted a people for Himself. A family. Hence He calls Himself Father. And all those adopted into His family are His children.

And in His infinite wisdom, He made a plan. The best plan. Possibly the only plan. The. Plan.

God is Holy and wholly Other than man.  He is infinite and we are finite. He lives in unapproachable light and no imperfection can abide there. And He is above all things and there is nothing beside Him. How can then He have a family where He might enjoy the fellowship of others? Thus He stooped down and in the person of His Son became a man. And He suffered and died for other’s sins on the cross so that all who put their trust in Jesus, might be united to God through Jesus. Perfected by that sacrifice and made holy and clean before God.

Did you ever notice the complexity of this world? How meticulous the design of everything just is? Study a single cell and be amazed of all that happens within it. Or any organism or ecosystem. Everything has its place and everything is somewhat inter-related.  There is no such thing as chance in God’s planning and execution. The scientists who think they know something declare that the probability that all the needed and various systems of life coming together to allow for habitation is some humongous number like one in a number with 17 zeros or whatever.

God is the world’s Master-builder. And yet who cares more about the house than the family who lives in it? No good and proper father for sure, and neither does God, the Father of lights. He cares more about His family than the earth itself. So consider this, that since He is God, who is above all, and Most Holy, Most Righteous, Most Powerful, Most Glory-ful and so on, that He deserves a family that is exactly the kind of family that He wants. Nothing less will do for such a Most Wondrous Being as Himself. And since He meticulously crafted the world, what makes us think that He also would not so craft His family?

In our earthly wisdom, we might make up a family of the brightest and most beautiful cleverest personable wittiest smartest and strongest and richest people around. But God isn’t like us. He chooses His family differently than we would. Here is the way he puts it:

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”.”

Now consider who Jesus put together to start His church. Did He choose kings and rulers? Rich men and dignitaries? Warriors and Athletes? No, no and no. And yet with those He chose, save one that the Scripture would be fulfilled, He turned them into a group who would go out and turn the world upside down.  And why? We read that “…God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”

News flash: God chooses man not man chooses God.

God wants to be the chooser because God is the Master-Builder of His house, His temple, His church, His body, His people, His family. And soon, as the Scriptures declare soon after this passage, God will again be the Master-Builder of the New Earth, the New Heavens for we read:

“…just as it is written,

Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.””

Now when does a Master-Builder choose what is most important to Him? Does He do it randomly and as time goes by? Of course not. God who knows all things, chose His people by name from before Creation. In other words, each of His children-to-be were seen and loved by God beforehand, or foreknown by Him. And He chose these to be a part of His eternal family before the world began. Or He predestined them to be conformed to the image of His Son so that He might through the Son fellowship and enjoy them forever.

We read:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

And one day, on that Great and Terrible Day, He will return bodily to the Earth, and gather His family from the four corners of the earth and from across time and we will be united with Him forever.

And if you have been chosen by Him, that is your destiny: to be glorified by God and to see things of unimaginable beauty and to enjoy God forever.

 

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