Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Was God Surprised?

Was God surprised that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? All of my life I have heard sermons and lessons about the "fall" of mankind. It is always spoke about as if God was surprised that Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Orthodox Christendom teaches that after their sin, God had to scramble to come up with a way to save his creation. The most awful teaching coming from orthodox Christendom is that God will not save all, he will only save some. Let's look at the facts.

God cannot be surprised, he cannot fail, ALL is out of Him, to Him and for Him. 1Corinthians 8:6 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him. (ASV) Was Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, brought on the scene after the sin in the Garden of Eden? NO, of course not. 

Peter speaks of Christ: 1 Peter 1:20 who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of times for your sake, (ASV) Christ, our Savior was BEFORE the world and before the sin in the garden. 

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (KJV) He was not literally slain before the original sin but His sacrifice was planned BEFORE Adam and Eve were created. The Lamb of God died so that ALL could have life. His death was planned BEFORE the world was created, before Adam and Eve were created and the act of eating the forbidden fruit was NO SURPRISE to God. John tells us in 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

If the term propitiation is new to you, here is the definition: Webster's 1828 Dictionary: PROPITIATION, n. propisia'shon. 1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious. 2. In theology, the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners. Christ is the propitiation for the sins of men. Rom.3. 1 John 2.

My friends, Jesus Christ is not only the atoning sacrifice made to God on our behalf so that we can have life, He is much, much more. Colossians 1:15-20 Who is the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature, for in Him is all created, that in the heavens and that on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or sovereignties, or authorities, all is created through Him and for Him, and He is before all, and all has its cohesion in Him." And He is the Head of the body, the ecclesia[Church], Who is Sovereign, Firstborn from among the dead, that in all He may be becoming first, for in Him the entire complement delights to dwell, and through Him to reconcile all to Him (making peace through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether those on the earth or those in the heavens."(Concordant Literal).

God has a plan and it will be fulfilled. No one or no thing can prevent God from doing his own pleasure. He has said it many times (Isaiah 46:9-11). I suggest that you thank God and your savior, Christ Jesus this very moment. Not only did they foreknow of Adam's sin, they knew of yours as well. Not to worry, the solution was in place before you were born. Our Christ is the propitiation for not just our sins but for the WHOLE WORLD

Jesus to the woman caught in adultery: John 8:10-11 Now, unbending, Jesus said to her, "Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you? Now she said, "No one, Lord! Now Jesus said, "Neither am I condemning you. Go! From now on by no means any longer be sinning."(Concordant Literal)

Now you know what Grace is!

Grace be with you!

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