God’s Plan for Humanity
God has revealed His plan for humanity through the Bible and through the Holy Spirit.
Some of the main themes are:
Salvation through Jesus Christ
The seed of Jesus Christ – one of the main narratives of the Bible follows the seed and lineage of Jesus Christ
The seven covenants God made with man
Jesus Christ – the entire Bible is a revelation of Jesus Christ
God Became a Man
If God’s plan could be summed up in one word, it would be: Jesus.
In two words: Jesus Christ.
In three words: Jesus the Christ.
As John Wesley wrote, “God came to earth as a man and justified Himself to the world.”
The themes of God’s plan for mankind all reflect the eternal revelation that God became a man.
More than anything, God becoming a man reveals God’s love for humanity (John 3:16).
Only one faith has a Savior Who died for the world.
Only one God loves the world so much that He gave His only Son and sent Him to the earth to save and redeem mankind.
God did something even more sacrificial than coming to the earth Himself and dying for the world.
He sent His only begotten Son to die for the world. Whosoever believes in the Lord Jesus shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
God Became a Man
The very heart of God’s plan for humanity is God becoming a man.
Within that glorious mystery is another mystery: God working with, in and through mankind; God partnering with man.
The very center, source and substance of our faith is that God gave and sent His only Son Jesus Christ to save and redeem mankind; and that when Jesus was physically on the earth, He was both fully man and fully God; and that He is forever both the Son of God and God Almighty.
‘By Myself Have I Sworn’
“By Myself have I sworn” (Genesis 22:16).
“I have sworn by Myself” (Isaiah 45:22).
“Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me” (Isaiah 63:5).
God partnered with and made a covenant with His Son. Indeed, God made a covenant with Himself, to save mankind.
Because Jesus was fully man, it is also true that God partnered with man to save mankind (Genesis 22:16, Isaiah 45:22, Isaiah 63:5).
Our most holy faith reveals and declares the mystery of God partnering with and working with man (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 13:11).
Jesus said, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matthew 13:11).
Salvation, redemption, eternal life, our relationship with Him, the eternal revelation of the only true God, ministry and eternally more in our faith reveals God working in, through, and with man.
Our faith can be stated as: Jesus in us, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Glorious, Eternal Mystery
Jesus’ sacrifice and Passion, which includes His suffering, shedding of blood, and death, all contain and reveal the glorious, eternal mystery of God working with man.
From the Annunciation and the conception of Jesus Christ to His ministry to His Passion, resurrection and ascension to heaven, and beyond, reveals the eternal mystery: God with man; Immanuel, which means “God with us.”
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ
The body and blood of Jesus Christ reveal the mystery.
God created the seed and conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb. The seed of Jesus Christ, which developed into a man, came from heaven.
Jesus did not have an earthly biological father.
As He revealed in His ministry, God is His Father (Gospels).
That seed developed into an embryo and then a fetus and began to flow with blood.
God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, created Jesus’ blood.
Mary was the carrier of the Son of God. She herself called God “my Savior” (Luke 1:47), revealing that she, like all people, was a sinner and in need of a Savior.
In the nine months that Jesus the seed became a newborn baby, Mary’s human body (created and empowered by God of course) performed the miracle of human birth.
Jesus’ blood came from heaven and will last forever in heaven (Matthew 26:28, Hebrews 9:12-14, 1 Peter 1:19).
Jesus’ body also came from heaven.
Jesus’ body developed and became a human being in the womb of a human, Mary.
While Jesus did not have an earthly father, He did have an earthly mother, Mary.
The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was a glorious, holy, divine partnership between God and man.
Jesus’ conception and birth reveals the glorious mystery: Jesus was fully God and fully man.
Jesus Became Sin on the Cross
Sin Never Touched His Blood
During His 33 years on the earth, Jesus was the sinless, perfect Son of God.
Jesus never sinned.
Though He was sinless and holy, Jesus became sin on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). Sin touched His body.
During His Passion, Jesus shed His blood seven times. He shed His blood four times before
He was placed on the cross. Sin never touched His blood (Hebrews 9:14, 1 Peter 1:19).
Jesus carried His blood into heaven and the Most Holy Place and presented it before God (Hebrews 9:12).
His blood will last forever in heaven.
From eternity to eternity, Jesus’ blood represents the holy, divine, perfect life of God.