Godís Plan Of Creation

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God was not created, God has always been and will be forever. God is a spirit, He is eternal. God created everything in the heavens and on earth. God made all spiritual beings in His image, in His likeness, holyeternal spirits with a free will, a right to chose whether they obeyed God or not. God created different spiritual beings to help Him manage His creation including cherubim and angels, which are in His heavenly council. Angels are more prevalent in the Scriptures for they help, minister, and are messengers to us. Angels do not reproduce by themselves, but are created beings. Angels can come disguised in human bodies and do physical things. Angels are numerous, and mentioned as ten thousand times ten thousand. They are organized (can be made up of legions), with differing powers (their leaders are archangels), with differing authorities (such as protecting Israel), and with differing duties (such as protecting children). Man and woman were Godís last creation of the world. God created man and woman spiritually in the image and likeness of Himself and the heavenly spiritual beings. For in Gen 1:26 KJV, when God said, ďLet us make man in our image, after our likenessĒ God was speaking to His heavenly council. We were created with a spirit and soul that was holy, eternal, with a free will. But our physical mind and bodies were a new creation. Man was created out of the dust of the ground and woman was created out of a rib God took from Adam.God intended for the physical bodies and minds of both man and woman to be holy, eternal. For when God put man and woman in the Garden of Eden they were allowed to eat of the tree of life, but God told the man not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God completed His work and all was good, there was no evil in the world. God had created a Spiritual Kingdom filled with His almighty presence and all the spiritual beings that were part of His creation. God had created an earth that contained a beautiful garden in which man and woman were to live. Man was made a little lower than the angels, but crowned with glory and honor to rule over our Lord's physical creation of earth, and all the physical creatures it contained. Woman was created from man, and was made a helper for him. God alone called man and woman His children, not the spiritual beings who were there to assist God in managing His great creation.

Then sin, disobedience, was brought into God's Spiritual Kingdom. One of God's spiritual beings named Satan was thrown out of Heaven like lightning from the skies. Satan, also known as the devil, was the father of all lies, a murderer from the beginning. Satan was assumed to be an archangel since he had angels under him, and by disobeying God created sin. Not only by rebelling did Satan become the most powerful enemy of God, Satan was also the leader of other angels (also called evil spirits, demons) that had disobeyed God. Satan disguised himself as a serpent and introduced sin to earth by convincing woman in the Garden of Eden to disobey God by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The woman then gave her husband some of the fruit to eat also thereby bringing sin into all mankind. Because of this disobedience God put a curse on the animal known as the serpent to crawl on its belly the rest of its life. To Satan, his offspring (those that follow Satan are his children) and woman's offspring (those who follow God and eventually Christ) would be adversaries. Woman's offspring (Christ) would crush Satan's head for by Christ's blood our sins are forgiven and Satan has no power over us. Satan offspring could merely strike Christ's heel, they could torture and crucify our Savior, but they could not hold Him in the grave. Jesus arose and ascended into Heaven where He graciously forgives our sins, making us holy once more. God's judgment on the woman was that she would have pain in child bearing, would desire her husband and he would rule over her. To Adam (means man) for his disobedience God cursed the ground so only through hard work would Adam be able to live, and all would die returning to the dust from which they were made. Then God drove man and woman out of the garden before either ate of the tree of life, for they had not become physically eternal and posted a cherubim so they could never return to eat of the tree of life. Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all the living, and from Adam and Eve came God's beloved nation of Israel.

Through Satan sin had entered God's spiritual world, sin had entered the earthly world, and sin was now in man and woman. Since mankind was no longer holy we could not be in the presence of God. Our spirit being was eternal and would be cast in hell forever. Our bodies, which had not been made eternal, would die forever. But God loved us so much that He implemented a plan to make us holy once more, so we could live eternally with Him once more. God made the Old Covenant ceremonial laws to save those who loved Him until the Messiah, the Savior, would come to redeem all of our Heavenly Fatherís true children. The New Covenant of grace began when Godís son Jesus Christ became man and lived a sinless life. The New Covenant was completed when Christ died on the cross for our sins, in place of us, to atone for all of our sins, to make all believers holy once more. The New Covenant was proven to be true when Jesus arose from the dead and ascended to Heaven, as will all believers when Jesus returns for us. The Old Covenant ceremonial laws are now over, the future is in the New Covenant through the love and grace of Jesus Christ alone. Christís grace will freely forgive the sins of all who truly love and follow Him. But once Christ comes into your heart, your life, you will not be the same person. The love you have for your Savior will make you want to do His will, obey His commands. In return you will not receive worldly fame or treasure, but spiritual peace and joy in this world and eternal life in Heaven above. Only through the grace of Jesus Christ that washes away our sins will anyone ever be able to eat from the tree of life again, enabling our physical bodies to be perfect and eternal once more.††

The Scriptures tell us a little of how God created His universe, with many questions that will only be answered when we are with our Lord in Heaven above. But we are clearly told in Godís word why he created us. God is all knowing, nothing happens that is not His will. God knew before creation the problems that would be created by giving spiritual beings a free will, by giving mankind a free will. God hates evil, God did not create sin, and never wanted sin ever to enter His universe. But out of love to have children, children our Heavenly Father could call His own, God implemented His plan of creation for the world. Women come close to dying when they have children, sometimes they do die. Yet this threat does not stop them from the love and desire to have children. God knew before creation what would be needed to complete His master plan, a plan that would allow His children to live with Him in Paradise forever. God even knew that His only son Jesus Christ would have to come down from Heaven and die for the sin that would be created. But God's love is so perfect, so intense for us, His desire so great to have many children who would love him, that our Heavenly Father created us despite knowing the anguish His Son Jesus Christ would have to go through on the cross to save us. What an incomprehensible love our Lord has for us.

God is love. God wants us to love Him back. We cannot force God to love us, we have no power, or way of making our Lord love us. God loves us because He is love, because He has chosen to love us. Likewise our Creator wants us to attempt to love Him in the same way He loves us. Love is an emotion that has to be given, it is the giver's choice whether to give love or not. That is why God gave us a free spirit, so we could make the choice to love Him, to follow Him. God will discipline His children, and put obstacles in our way to test and strengthen our faith. God  hates evil and does not tempt us with it. But our Heavenly Father allows Satan to tempt us, as well as our own flesh and the world. The temptations will show whom we really love, to whom we turn to for help and forgiveness when we sin. Our love for our Savior will be strengthened when we trust His love to save us. But our love for our Lord will be shown to be weak or none existent when we make the free choice to follow Satan, our own human sinful desires. Even Jesus was tempted as we are, without sinning, so He knows what we are up against, knows how to help us, shows His majesty by not giving in to temptation. Jesus' own disciples were tempted by the Devil, Judas succumbing, Peter failing but finding grace, and succeeding by faith to follow his Master, even to the cross. God will allow Satan to tempt us, to strengthen believers as they are forgiven, or to separate those who really have not given their lives to Christ, that do not really love their Savior. We will face temptations until Jesus comes to take us home when we die. or when Jesus returns for us on that great day. The best way I can explain why God allows us to face tests and temptations throughout our lives is through the story of "Struggling" from my website abidewithchrist.org Ė short stories.  

When our problems seem overwhelming as we struggle through our daily life one might consider the lesson of the simple butterfly. The butterfly starts out as a lonely caterpillar crawling around on its belly to find food. Soon the caterpillar makes a cocoon, transforming into a liquid that eventually will make a body. This body must work hard and long to break out of the cocoon to become a beautiful butterfly. One day a man saw a cocoon on the side of the tree. The body inside the cocoon was struggling to get out with little success. The man being tender hearted decided to help the poor butterfly trapped inside the cocoon. He took out his knife and split the cocoon so the butterfly could fly out. But to his amazement the winged body just fell to the ground, tried to move its wings a few times and lay there. Without working and struggling to get out of the cocoon the butterfly had not developed enough strength in its wings to fly. So it is with Christians here on earth. The Lord lets us endure trials to strengthen our faith, to teach us to trust the Lord even when there seems to be no solution for our troubles. Each time we struggle through our problems we gain strength by learning that Jesus is the answer to all our needs. Until we finally have the strength to know that no matter what happens we will live for Christ, completely confident that His love will always take care of us. Just like the butterfly we have come a long way through faith. From an ugly sinful being caught up in all the temptations Satan and this world throw at us, to a beautiful butterfly soaring high to extol the love of Jesus Christ to all. The faith we have obtained in persevering over worldly trials and temptations has given us the strength to follow our Master wherever He leads us. Doing whatever He would have us do, radiating the glory of His eternal grace until our work here on earth is done. Then the Lord will say ďWell done,Ē and tenderly bring us to His glorious kingdom in Heaven above.  

God is fair and just, God will not tempt us beyond what we are capable of handling. And when we fall, for Satan knows our weaknesses, Jesus will forgive our sins as long as we love him above all things and are striving with all of our hearts to do His will and follow His commands. The Holy Spirit is whispering to our hearts, asking us to let Jesus in, enabling us to grow in faith and love to our Savior. Will we listen or follow the evil desires and pleasures of Satan? Our own free will gives us the choice, will lead us to Heaven or Hell.

*More about angels:

We are not to worship the angels (Col 2:18)

We will judge angels (1Co 6:3)

The elect will get eternal life (1Tim 5:21)

Angels who do not preach the truth of Godís Word will be eternally condemned (Gal 1:8)

*More about Satan or the Devil the same spiritual being:

Satan means accuser/slanderer in Hebrew - Devil means accuser/slanderer in Greek

Satan has many names including the following:

Beelzebub - Greek name for Hebrew name Baal-Zebub, a mockery of Baal-Zebul (exalted Baal or Prince Baal, Lord of the flies, 2Ki 1:2) which came to mean Satan (Matt 10:25)

Belial - meaning wicked or scoundrel (2Co 6:15)

Evil One - describes Satan perfectly (1Jn 2:13)

Great Dragon - that ancient serpent, Satan's apocalyptic name (Rev 12:9)

Lucifer - morning star in Hebrew, could be in reference to Satan's fall from Heaven or tied to the King of Babylon (Isa 14:12)

Prince of this world - Angels good or bad were often given the titles of Princes (Jn 12:31)

The ruler of kingdom of air - spirit who controls the disobedient (Eph 2;2)

Tempter - tempted Jesus as well as us (Matt 4:3)

*Satan:

Satan has power to do miracles, signs, wonders, and every sort of evil (2Thes 2:9)

Steals the message of Christ from hearts who do not understand it (Matt 13:19)

Masquerades as an angel of light, His servants as servants of righteousness (2Co 11:13+14)

Roams through the earth, going back and forth in it (Job 1:7)

For our struggle is not physical but against rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of the heavenly realm. (Eph 6:11+12)

Uses even Scripture to tempt us and tempts all, even Jesus (Matt 4:3,8-9)

Roams like a lion seeking whom he may devour (1Pe 5:8)

Satan's angels also known as demons or evil spirits roam arid spaces not liking it and come back to the person they have left bringing along friends so the man is worse than before (Luk 11:24)

*What will happen to Satan, his demons and evil spirits:

All we have been told is Satan, demons and evil spirits are allowed to roam with the exception of those who are bound up in dungeons or chains in Hell (Abyss). (1Pe 2:4, Jude 1:6)

Satan and all his angels will be judged on the last day and cast into the eternal fire (Matt 25:41)   

*We can defeat Satan by:

Truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, Word of God, and prayers (Eph 6:13-18)

Quoting scripture (Matt 4:4+10)

Christ has come to destroy the work of Satan so in Christ and through Christ we can overcome Satan (1Jn 3:8)

Jesus has power over demons. The evil spirits know Him (Luk 8:30-32). He gave disciples the power to cast them out in His name ( Luk 10:17)

***But most important of all when our hearts are in Christ there is no room for Satan, demons or evil spirits to come into our lives. With Christ in our hearts we will be able to stand up to any temptation, test, or problem that comes our way. Not because we are great but because Christ is great. And when we falter we will gladly repent and allow the grace of Christ to forgive us. Our Savior will always be there to help us, to pick us up, to bring us back to the fold, to keep us in His Holy Church as long as He is number one in our hearts. With Christ in our hearts nothing can overcome us, nothing can separate us from our awesome God.

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Ro 8:37+39 KJV

 

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