A Perfect Plan

In the beginning God created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth.  He had a dream. There was light from darkness, and it was good.  There was an expanse [of the sky] in the midst of the waters.  Then the water was gathered, at God’s word, and He created dry land.  God had the dry land to sprout vegetation – plants and fruit trees – with seeds so that they could continue to bear their own kind.    God planned for light bearers in the sky to separate day and night and to be useful signs of God’s provident care. They were also to mark seasons, days, and years.  He made great and lesser lights, galaxies of stars to provide light for the earth.  He placed creatures in the sea and creatures in the sky above the earth.  He told them to be fruitful and multiply.  He made wild animals and cattle and creatures to creep and crawl on the earth. He put forth His plan to make man in the image of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and to give them authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.  So He did! He made man, male and female. He told them to be fruitful and to multiply and fill the earth, subjugate it and rule over all that He had made.  God made sure that everything that He made had provision of food.  God was pleased.  He saw everything that He had made was good, and He completely validated it.  And God rested.  

However, God had an enemy … intent on ruining God’s beautiful creation and His plan.  He came to the man and woman, made in God’s image and led them to question God’s word and His character.  They fell for His deception.  In an instant from that moment, everything that God had planned spiraled downward and out of control.

  • God and mankind were no longer in relationship.  Every human being born from this time forth carried both God’s image and the dark seed of His enemy.  …since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • All relationships were no longer characterized by love, but by hate, envy, greed, murder, blame.
  • Even relationship within each individual was conflicted because of the presence and battle between the image born and the seed of the enemy.
  • Mankind no longer had the capacity to have dominion over the world in a good and beautiful way.  His dominion was distorted by the dark seed of the enemy.

And God always had a plan.  All of this came as no surprise to Him.  We see reflections of His plan throughout the Old Testament.  We see it in His promises.  We see it in His actions.  We see it in His laws set forth to teach us of His character. We see it in His words through the prophets.

We are entering the season where we celebrate the fulfillment of God’s plan as He came Himself to be born as a Human Being, to live a life without sin, to show us what God is like as a person in relationship with others, and to take upon Himself all the sin of all mankind.  He Himself suffered death so that we can live eternally.  But He didn’t stay dead.  He came back to life to rule and reign with His Father.  Yet His Spirit is still present on this earth in the body of every person who has received the magnificent gift of eternal life by being born again and receiving the work accomplished by Jesus on the cross.

We live now in the in-between time until Jesus comes back.  Yet we are not just waiting.  We are His Body now on this earth, His Bride, His Church.  We see the first church in Acts and God’s delight at who they were through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Can it be so today?  I think so.  God is still enforcing His creation principle of multiplication.  God is still working His beautiful, perfect plan.