Friday, October 30, 2015

Good Shepherd Church Module 28/ The Plan of God

Genesis 3;15; 'I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will crush your head, and you will strike His Heel.'



Objectives; By the end of this Module you should;

  • Know about the Plan of God
  • Be able to discuss how Jesus came to bring salvation to all
  • Know about lucifer, also known as devil or satan


1. The Plan of God
2. The Tree of Death becomes the Tree of Life
3. Death and Resurrection
4. Satan and earth

1. The Plan of God
  Lucifer knows of humanity's glorious destiny; and, as God's enemy, he [also known as satan] is determined to prevent humanity from achieving eternal life in Heaven.
  The Plan of God was put in place to make it possible for everyone who has ever lived to have the opportunity to achieve greatness in  eternal destiny.

  Our ancestors - symbolized by the names Adam and Eve - chose to divert from their path to their destiny. This they did by following the promptings of lucifer [satan].
  The use of the name 'adam' in the Hebrew language is ׳āḏām - meaning 'human'.
  'Eve' in Hebrew is Ḥawwāh - meaning 'living one' or 'source of life'.

  The diversion from the original Plan of God proved catastrophic for the human race. Sin, sickness and death entered our experience, as the breach in our relationship with God widened.
  Humanity had chosen to steer our own destiny; with disastrous consequence.
  Satan harried humanity; and evil walked in our world.
Eventually God sent His Own Son, Jesus Christ, to change the course of events.

2. The Tree of Death becomes the Tree of Life
  The Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ was planned to overcome the weakness of humanity.
  The flaw within us - called sinful nature - can only be overcome by Divine Intervention. And this intervention is brought about by Jesus Christ.
  The tree upon which He was crucified signified, in human terms; Jesus' death.
  However, the battered wood proved much more; it became testimony to the Risen Life of Jesus Christ.
  Satan's plot to execute Jesus and frustrate God's Plan of salvation for humanity was foiled.

3. Death and Resurrection
It was not until Jesus Christ died and was resurrected that God's Plan became completely manifest to the world.
  The work of satan is a work of deception and is an attempt to make humanity ignorant of firstly, our true destiny; and secondly, of God's Plan to assist us to achieve that destiny.
  God mapped out millennia for the unfolding and completion of His Plan.
  Christ is the Creator God made manifest in human form. Christ brought to earth the truth about the Father God and God's children.

4. Satan and earth
Satan is currently attempting to be god and ruler of earth. Satan is a spirit conspirator manipulating the world by deception, and by fostering the spirit of disobedience.
  The Book of Revelation identifies satan as the great deceiver of the entire world; who will be overcome at the end.
  Revelation 12;9; 'And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceives the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.'

  Paul preached to the Ephesians that humanity's true battle is against satan and his demons.
  Ephesians 6:11-13; 'Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  Wherefore take unto yourselves the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.'

  Paul stated that a Christian's enemy is the devil [satan or lucifer].
1 Peter 5:8-9; 'Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you known that the family of believers throughout the world are undergoing the same king of sufferings.'

Rev Catherine


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