The last book of the Bible, Revelation, has the following introduction,
‘The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw – that is, the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.’ Revelation 1:1-2
This passage shows us that,
- God revealed His plans by sending someone from heaven to make it known to His disciple John.
- The disciple wrote them down and testifies to everything he heard and saw.
- In the same way God sent His Holy Spirit to around 40 different people who faithfully wrote down God’s plans,
‘Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.’ Amos 3:7
Just think how wise our God is.
- Through the ages there were many leaders who initiated grand projects. Most of them did not consult their people. In many cases the citizens had to pay the price for the often inflated ego of the leader.
- God is not like that. He shares His whole plan for man in Scripture. Those people who agree with it, may sign up through Jesus Christ. Those who reject it, go their own way.
- God did not just jump in and create the heavens and the earth. Then, as a last thought, man also. No, everything was carefully preplanned. From human experience we know that any big project is preceded by planning, goals, outcomes, et cetera. So it’s inconceivable that a God of logic would just start to create. It makes no sense. They must have had a purpose and a plan before the ‘construction’ phase began. That happened during what we call the Pre-Creation Conference. As we will see, the main focus of the preplanning by the Godhead had to do with man.
Part 1, Introduction
Scripture and God’s plan for man
The Bible or Scripture, is the only source of information concerning the Pre-Creation Conference. To reiterate, the Bible is God’s only written revelation. That excludes all other books like the Apocrypha and countless other ‘breathtaking discoveries’ of new manuscripts, parchments or lost gospels. The Bible consists of only the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 of the New Testament.
Why is the Bible the only Prospectus?
- Scripture reveals that all people will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ (see John 5:22, 27) to give an account of what he or she did while on earth. Revelation 20:11-15 So all people need to have the same ‘Constitution,’ which is Scripture, the Word of God.
- Therefore this Prospectus of God (Program of God) is fixed and unchangeable,
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.'” 1 Peter 1:23-24
- Those people without Bibles have the laws of God written on their consciences. Romans 2:14-15
- They also have the witness of creation. Romans 1:18-20
The Main Focus, Jesus and Man
An important decision made by the Godhead concerned Jesus and man,
‘For you know that it was not with perishable things like silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.’ 1 Peter 1:18-20
Note the important phrases:
- ‘…Redeemed from the empty way of life…’
- ‘…the precious blood of Christ….’
- ‘…chosen before the creation of the world….’
We would think that the creation of the universe was the main, massive project. Yet it was not discussed by the Godhead before creation. The main subject was man and how Jesus would redeem him. To get people ready for the future Kingdom is the big ‘problem.’
Jesus, the centre of attention
Because of the omniscience of the Godhead, who knew what would happen to man, it was essential that something be done to help man. Jesus was chosen to redeem people (redeem in the Biblical sense means to regain possession of something in exchange for payment = Jesus bought people out of slavery under the devil, with His death on the Cross).
- Genesis 3 describes the event that necessitated the coming of Jesus and His redemptive work: the serpent caused Adam and Eve to disobey God. The man and woman were evicted from the Garden of Eden. So from then all their descendants (which includes all people) are born estranged and alienated from God.
- Genesis 3:15 is the centre around which the whole history of man revolves. It promises that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent (Satan).
- Jesus, the Lamb without blemish or defect would die on our behalves so we can be brought out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light.
- Only in the last days when Jesus comes again (as the book of Revelation describes), will He finally and decisively crush the head of Satan and his kingdom. Revelation 22:3 refers back to 1 Peter 1:18-20 about the importance of the Lamb,
‘…The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.’
To be continued….