The First Step to Purpose
Do you think the
builder in the picture above has the big picture? Of course he does, he
referrers to it several times daily. He probably calls it the blueprint
or the house plan. It is the plan that gives purpose to his
work. As you read below, you will find a plan of a different sort.
It is an overview of God's plan, The Big Picture.
Man Was Created to Have Fellowship
In the beginning
God created man in His own image, to be holy as He is holy. He placed man
on the earth in a garden and they enjoyed wonderful fellowship with each
Sin Separated Man from God and Brought Death
by Satan, man sinned against God by eating from the forbidden tree. That
one act of rebellion infected the whole human race with sin. Since that
time, all of mankind have sinned and thus received the sentence of death.
As the Scripture says, “There is no one righteous, not even one”
(Rom 3:10). God certainly cares about man, but sin separated man from fellowship
with God. God says, “Your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isa
Only Through the Cross of Christ Can Anyone Be Saved
We have already
learned from the first part of Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death.
Now we also see from the rest of the verse that “The gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. —Galatians 2:20
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. —Romans 6:4One who is sincere will obey the command of God to repent and be baptized.
• To repent is simply to forsake the sin life and turn and walk toward God.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses. —Acts 1:8
A person who receives the Holy Spirit is born again. The Holy Spirit literally comes to live in that person and fellowship with God is restored. The Holy Spirit is also the guarantee of eternal life that is to come.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. —Ephesians 1:13–14Jesus has promised to return and establish His kingdom on earth. He told us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10). At this time the dead will be raised and all who are alive and remain will once again have access to the tree of life.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life. —Revelation 22:14When will this be? When Jesus has completed his work through us. Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14). Eternal life and immortality will then be a physical reality though it is a present reality in the hearts of all who are born again.