Friday, January 29, 2010

God’s Purpose For the Ages



The Bible: God’s Purpose For the Ages

• Everything is out of God (1 Corinthians 8:6; Romans 11:36)
• God creates the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)
• God creates man (Genesis 2:7)
• Man is tempted and sins ... the consequences is death (Genesis 2:17)
• Death (mortality) passes to all mankind, and all sin (Romans 5:12)
• God chooses Abraham as His instrument to bless all people (Genesis 12:3)
• God chooses Jacob as His instrument to bless all people (Genesis 28:14)
• Jacob’s name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:28)
• Jacob’s descendents become known as the Israelites (Exodus 1:6)
• God chooses the Israelites as His instrument to bless all people (Remainder of Old Testament)
• Thru Moses the Law is given to the Israelites (Exodus 20)
• The nation of Israel grows & flourishes under David and Solomon (2 Samuel, 1 Kings)
• The kingdom divides and weakens due to Israel’s sin and disobedience (1 Kings 12)
• The Israelites are defeated and taken into exile (2 Kings 17, 25)
• [How can God use Israel as His instrument to bless all people?]
• The prophets tell of a day when the kingdom will be restored to Israel
• John the Baptist proclaims to Israel that the kingdom is near ... repent and get ready (Matthew 3:1)
• Jesus proclaims to Israel that the kingdom is near (Matthew 4:17)
• Jesus sends out His disciples to Israel to proclaim that the kingdom is near (Matthew 10:7)
• Jesus goes only to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24)
• [Remember, Israel is the instrument God has chosen to bless all people]
• Under the leadership of the Jewish leaders, Israel rejects the kingdom & crucifies the king
• After the resurrection, Peter proclaims ... Repent, so restoration will come, & Jesus returns (Acts 3:19)
• Time and again, the Jews reject the message ... and the kingdom (Acts 28:23)
• Israel is “calloused” and set aside until the complement of nations enters (Romans 11:25)
o Paul is severed as the apostle to the Gentiles
o The restored kingdom for Israel is delayed ... God now working thru the Body of Christ
o Gentiles are joint heirs with the Jews
o Christ’s Ambassadors, as if God entreating thru us – “Be conciliated to God” (2 Cor 5:20)
o Making known the secret of His will, to head up ALL in Christ (Ephesians 1:10)
o We await not the restored kingdom, but Christ to call us to meet Him in the air (1 Thes 4:13)
• Then Tribulation comes upon the earth as the kingdom approaches (Revelation)
• Christ (the King) returns to restore the kingdom upon the earth (Revelation 19:11)
• Christ reigns ... all peoples on the earth blessed thru Israel (Revelation 21:5)
• The wicked are cast into the lake of fire ... the second death (Revelation 21:8)
• Christ reigns until all enemies are under His feet ... all are subjected (1 Corinthians 15:25)
• Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (Philippians 2:10)
• The last enemy (death) is abolished (1 Corinthians 15:27)
• Christ gives up the kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24,28)
• God is All in all (1 Corinthians 15:28)

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3 comments:

Brother Mark said...

I Tim 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

Brother Mark said...

Totally misleading statement about God saving all men:

One rapidly growing belief system is that of universalism, which is another lie. It promotes the belief that there are many paths to God. While this may be a “politically correct” theology in our day, it is the neo-paganism of the New Age. This belief is addressed by Jesus when He said,

“… I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

This “all roads lead to Rome” belief is very common today. It runs against the grain of unbelievers and, in many cases, Christians don’t believe or want to believe what Jesus said (there is only one way). It is probably not the best way to begin sharing the gospel with an unbeliever unless you
really believe that God is leading you in that direction.
Yes, buttt..............God said" I Tim 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

Christ Chosen Ambassadors Ministry said...

Every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus is Lord. As Christ Ambassadors have to know that Jesus has conquered and made a public show of the evil one after disarming all principalities and powers. Keep it up