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Unlike you, Jesus did not begin His life when He was born of a woman.

Throughout all eternity, Jesus has ALWAYS existed.

The purpose of this essay is to take you backwards in time so you can observe your Savior...

  • BEFORE He was born
  • BEFORE time even began
  • BEFORE Lord Jesus created the heavens and earth.

Enjoy your "time travels." There are many blessings for you along the way.

  (A prophecy given by God to Micah, centuries before Jesus was born...)

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah
(the town where Jesus was born), though you are little among the thousands (of towns) of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me (God) the One (Messiah & King) to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (eternal). Micah 5.2

Before time began - LOVE

(Jesus said to the Father:) ...You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17.24b




(Jesus said:) That the world may know that I love the Father... John 14.31a
 

The Bible tells us next to nothing about Lord Jesus before He created the universe. We do know this - the Father and Jesus were together.

  • Oh, how very much TOGETHER they were! The boundless height and width and depth of their love for one another is beyond human comprehension.
  • The endless joy of their companionship is equally beyond the grasp of our puny, finite minds.

Throughout all eternity, that intimate communion between Father and Son was never once broken. Never once! At least -- not until The Cross.

Before time began - The ETERNAL PLAN

The plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
The purposes of his heart through all generations.
Ps 33.11

The secret things belong to the Lord our God...
Deu 29.29

Ever before God created anyone or anything, He formed the "Eternal Plan."

In the Bible, God reveals PARTS of His Eternal Plan.
Other parts of the Eternal Plan are NOT revealed. They are secret unto God.

God's Eternal Plan included - CREATION

The Eternal Plan called for creation of a universe and two forms of intelligent life -- angels and humans.

Some interesting questions arise...

  • Did God create any intelligent life forms besides angels and humans?
  • Are there other populated planets *out there* somewhere?

The Bible doesn't answer these questions...

  • The Bible doesn't say that God created other intelligent life forms.
  • On the other hand, neither does it say that He didn't.

The answers to these questions are presently secret unto God (Deu 29.29).

It's puzzling as to why some Christians get defensive if someone says there might be life elsewhere in the universe besides on our Planet Earth. After all, the Bible is silent on this issue so what's their problem?

Ah well -- everyone to their own hang-ups (as the lady said when she kissed the cow.)

  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Gen 1.1




Praise God, all His angels... For He commanded and they were created. Ps 148.2a, 148.5b




So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1.27

God's Eternal Plan included - GOD'S OWN COVENANT

All things were made by Him (Jesus); and without Him was not any thing made that was made. John 1.3

For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible...
Col 1.16a
 

The heart of the Eternal Plan was a Covenant made by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For brevity, we will henceforth refer to this as *God's Own Covenant.*

*God's Own Covenant* contained several agreements.

  • One of these agreements was that Jesus the Son would have the primary role in the job of creating everything.

God's Eternal Plan included - PURPOSES

Did you ever wonder: "What were the Lord's PURPOSES in creating angels and people?"

In answer to your question, the Bible identifies many (probably not all) of God's purposes. Let's look at just five of the most important of those purposes.

Namely, Jesus created angels and humans so that they could...

  • Receive God's love
  • Love God
  • Be God's friends and have fellowship with Him
  • Be God's "glory" - - God's special *treasure*
  • Worship God
  In this the love of God was manifested toward us...
1 John 4.9a

You shall
love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. Deu 6.5

God is faithful, by whom
you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Cor 1.9

{God said...} Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. Isa 43.7

{Jesus said...} The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
John 4.23

God's Eternal Plan required - FREEDOM

(God said:) ...choose life, that both you and your descendants may live...

  • that you may love the Lord your God
  • that you may obey His voice
  • and that you may cling to Him..." Deu 30.19b, 30.20a


"Come now, and let us reason together,'' says the Lord... Isa 1.18a

 

God's purposes called for making creatures with the ability to love Him, be His friends, and worship Him.

Those purposes mandated that God endow angels and humans with the innate freedom to make moral, emotional, and rational CHOICES.

Without such freedom, angels and humans would be no more than talking computers. God's "programming" would determine everything they said and did.

  • Unless freely given, love is not love
  • Lacking choice, friendship is a sham
  • Without freedom, worship is a mockery

And who can love - TRULY love - a talking robot? Not even God can do that.

God's Eternal Plan recognized - The PROBLEMS

Known to God from eternity are all His works.
Acts 15.18

Before time began -- before Jesus created anything -- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ALWAYS knew that problems would arise from giving free will to angels and people.

God always knew that there is an unavoidable "dark side" to freedom...

  • For creatures to be free to love, they must be equally free to dislike or even hate.
  • For creatures to be free to become friends, they must be equally free to become enemies.
  • For creatures to be free to choose good, they must be equally free to choose evil.

God's Eternal Plan considered - The CONSEQUENCES

Nothing takes God by surprise. Nothing!

  • Even before God created anything or anyone, He knew Satan would rebel.
  • Even before time began, God knew that the human race would sin.

Yes, God knew there would be sin, but that is not ALL that God knew.

God also knew -- INTIMATELY! -- every angel and every human who would ever be. Throughout all eternity, God knew and loved them before ever they were created.

Before time began, God knew YOU...

  • He knew everything about you. Everything you would ever do. Every thought you would ever think. Every word you would ever speak.
  • With sorrow God foresaw the dreadful sin in you. And yet -- and yet -- for reasons known ONLY to God, He loved you.
  • God hated your sin, but YOU He loved. He always has. He always will.
  ...God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 1 John 3.20b
(A prayer unto God --) Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. Ps 139.16
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting (eternal) love..." Jer 31.3a

God's Eternal Plan considered - The OPTIONS

...where sin abounded, grace did much more abound
Rom 5.20b

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit had at least two options...

Option ONE- Dump the whole plan to create angels and humans with free will

  • Result -- no sinful people; no sin; no pain unto God -- but no love, either

Option TWO- Proceed with the plan

  • Result -- lots of sinful people; sin would abound; LOTS of pain unto God -- but LOTS of love, as well

Option #1 seems the obvious choice to me.
If I were God, I would NEVER have created me -- or you, either, for that matter.
No doubt you are quite grateful that God is God and I'm not.

Because of God's truly amazing grace and love toward us, He chose option TWO!!!
God chose to move ahead with the Eternal Plan.

In making this choice, God knew full well that He would have to provide
*a Way* to deal with the totally disgusting problem of sin.

God's Eternal Plan considered - The LAW

Knowing that the entire human race would be sinners, God set out to provide a Way for dealing with that sin.

In so doing, God had to satisfy His own law that a sinner MUST die the death of separation from God's presence.

  • This law is not optional with God.
  • By His very nature, God is holy.
  • God CANNOT change or go against His own nature.
  • Separation from sin is at the very heart of God's holiness.

How then could God preserve a sinful human race from the death penalty of sin?

  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Rom 3.23

For
the wages of sin is death...
Rom 6.23a

These
(sinners) shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power
2 Thes 1.9

God's Eternal Plan conceived - The WAY

by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin... Rom 5.12a




Therefore, as through one man's (Adam's) offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act (dying for the sins of the human race) the free gift (salvation from sin's death penalty) came to all men, resulting in justification of life. Rom 5.18
 

Before time began, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit conceived a Way of JUSTLY saving humans from the law's death penalty for sin.

God's Way of salvation was founded on the fact that one man, Adam, would bring sin into the entire human race.

Accordingly, one Man could represent the entire human race in paying the death penalty for that sin.

  • One Man could be the Savior for all people.
  • One Man could be The Way!

However, an obstacle remained. That One Man -- that Savior -- must Himself be SINLESS, else He would have to die for His own sins and could not die for the sins of others.

God's Eternal Plan provided - HIMSELF the Lamb

God's Way of salvation...

  • Must be a man
  • Must be sinless
  • Must die for all

But God foreknew that all humans would be sinners.

Accordingly, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit agreed...

  • God would provide Himself as the Lamb to be sacrificed for human sins.
  • God Himself would become a man and die.
  • God Himself was the only Way to save mankind.

And Jesus the Son, knowing full well the agony and humiliation He would endure on the cross, said, "Here I am. I am the Way."

Why did our beloved Savior so readily agree to suffer and die? Jesus did so for the JOY that was set before Him (Heb 12.2). The joy set before Him was YOU!

  ...God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering... Gen 22.8b
(Jesus said:) Here I am -- it is written about me in the scroll -- I have come to do your will, O God. Heb 10.7
Jesus said to him, "I am the way..." John 14.6a)
...for the joy that was set before Him (Jesus) endured the cross, despising the shame... Heb 12.2b)

God's Own Covenant - The LAMB

in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began Titus 1.2
(God...) has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began 2 Tim 1.9
(Christians have been saved by...) the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world... 1 Pet 1.19-20a
(Jesus is) ...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev 13.8c
 


By the terms of God's Own Covenant, made before time began, you who receive Jesus Christ have eternal life.

BY THE GRACE OF GOD!

By the terms of God's own Covenant, conceived before the world was founded, Jesus Christ was foreordained to be the Lamb to die for YOUR sins.

God found a Way. Halleluyah!

God's Own Covenant - The TREASURE

(Jesus spoke a parable:) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Mt 13.44

(Jesus prayed:) I have revealed you (the Father) to those (Christians) whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. John 17.6

He (the Father) chose us (Christians) in Him (Jesus Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love Eph 1.4

By the terms of God's Own Covenant, made before time began, the Father gave Jesus a treasure...

  • A very special treasure
  • An eternal, everlasting treasure

That treasure was an innumerable group of people...

  • People who were as yet unborn, who would live on a world not yet created
  • People whom the Father had chosen in Jesus to be His very own children
  • People who, by virtue of Jesus Christ's atonement for their sins, would one day stand holy and without blame before God in love

This great treasure the Father gave to His Son

  • But there was a long and agonizing road that SIN had charted - a road that Jesus had to walk if He wished to obtain His Father's precious treasure
  • And along that road, high atop a dark hill shaped like a skull, stood a cross
  • And, in the fullness of time, Jesus would set His face like flint, and walk that road of sorrows...

For the treasure...
For YOU!

Journey's end

And now your journey to eternity past is over.

You have learned that God foreknew and loved you -- even before you existed; even before time began.

You have witnessed the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in council as they shaped God's Eternal Plan -- a plan whereby Lord Jesus would...

  • Make a world for you to live on
  • Bring you into existence
  • Save you from your sins
  • Receive you from the Father as His very own treasure
  • Present you holy and without blame before the Father in heaven

And on the sixth day of the foundation of the world, Lord Jesus commanded...

Let there be YOU!

  By Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Col 1.16

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them... Gen 1.27

...So the evening and the morning were the
sixth day. Gen 1.31b

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