ON GOD’S MIND
Jesus told the Jews “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58). The Apostle Paul informed the Ephesian Christians, “For He (God) chose us in Him (Christ) before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His (God’s) sight” (Ephesians 1:4). During the creation of the world, “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness'” (Genesis 1:26). And Jesus added this, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).
These writers believed that I (we) existed before I (we) was/were born. God had us in mind before the world came into being. All our spirits and souls were created during the time of creation and they were designated to become human at a time when they were chosen to live for God and mange the world. When God took his rest, He retired from creating. He will resume creating a new heaven and earth after the last soul has been a human (Revelation 21:1-5). Every human being has a purpose in this world. What happens when a soul cannot or will not be allowed to fill its role? It does not take a rocket scientist to figure where a ship will end with a vacancy in the driver’s seat? That is precisely what birth control, abortion and war is doing to any nation or race.
The reference to “the image and likeness of the us,” has in mind a being with the ability to chose and manage as he/she chooses. It is this ability to choose that separated man from animal and identifies him/her with the Creator. It was when the first couple chose to listen to an agent of Satan that they became like gods. Genesis records, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:22). The “us” suggests that God worked with a team while creating man and the world. One of the team members disapproved of man being placed in charge of the creation and his fight with Michael landed him and his followers (angels) in the world (Revelation 12). There is no doubt what Satan and his followers are about. They would not dare to defame any leader of another religion the way they do Jesus and his followers. Even then, “God did not send his Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).
God and his team kept man on His mind and countered the fallen angel’s objective by appointing His second in command, His only Son to preserve God’s image and save man. Christ became the sacrificial lamb before creation was completed (Revelation 13:8). Christmas has its origin in creation and not in Bethlehem. In Bethlehem, the Son of God became the reverse of what our ancestors became when they sinned. The incarnation is about God becoming human (Matthew 1:23). Jesus defeated Satan as a human being for us humans (Isaiah 53:4-5). Satan wanted to make Jesus the king of the world and failed (Matthew 4:8-9; Luke 4:5-7). Jesus’ purpose was to be the way over the chasm that separated us from God, the Creator of our souls (John 14:6). For that reason Jesus, in human form, was here as a savior and not as a judge (John 12:46-47). Who then will do the judging? Man will do it himself. Let us take note how Jesus put it? “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day” (John 12:48). A place for the devil and his angels was also planed during creation (Matthew 25:41, 45-46).
God left nothing to chance. He and his helpers created a couple with intelligence similar to what gods have. Man knows by nature good and evil. For that reason, man decides his own destiny. His deeds will automatically place him in the place he belongs in eternity (Matthew 25:40, 45). We are being misinformed that we can wave the flag of faith without deeds (James 2:14-24).