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In the rest of this chapter, we want to discuss what the word redemption means and why it is repeatedly used both in the scriptures and our songs, and why it appears in the title of this book. God's glorious redemption plan highlights the three steps to this series, each related around purchasing.
We typically look at life from our tiny vantage point. When we step back and carefully observe what God has said in His Word, we are amazed at the greatness of God’s eternal plan. The Bible is not a random collection of holy books; it is a singular trail that outlines what God is doing in the world.
As we look at God’s redemptive plan, we will look at it from three perspectives:
The Program chapters outline God’s chief desires. His plans are eternal, which means that they were never new, that they did not have an origin. “He chose us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him (the Father)” (Ephesians 1:4). God unfolded His plan and weaved it into the creation of the universe, the earth, the history of mankind, and time itself.
“In the beginning...God” (Genesis 1:1) introduces the launch of God’s plan. Time, then, is all about God’s redemptive plan, and B.C. and A.D. form the axis for the rotation of God’s plan around Christ’s work on the cross.
The Purchase describes how, through time, God secured the plan. Right after the beginning, man took advantage of his free will and went his own way, destroying what looked like the perfect plan of God. Instead of destroying God’s plan, man’s rebellion enables us to see that God’s plan goes deeper and that He has already resolved the problems caused by man’s rebellion by sending His only Son to the cross for His people. This sacrifice secures His program, and through the resurrection and glorification of Christ, His people rise with Him to continue the original program.
Part of this book, Redemption Through the Scriptures, is on the web (see below), but the completed book with all the other teaching materials including: the full study guide and available videos, audios, and powerpoints are included in the Discipleship 3rd level library along with other third level BFF publications. These resources enable you to not only grow in Christ, be like Christ but also to have Christ's plan lived out through your life! Or check out the book!
The Pleasure discusses God’s delight in seeing His salvation plan carried out. This rejoicing occurs when He sees His people following Jesus, not only after they get to heaven, but right now here on earth. God has accomplished His work and has reset man’s ability to serve Him through the work of Christ. He loves working with and through His people while on earth and will continue to do so right into eternity.
God’s redemptive plan will be looked at from two perspectives to help the reader get a firmer grasp on the biblical themes and Bible references presented. The first summary focuses on the powerful chronological development of redemption leading to Christ’s work on the cross. The second biblical summary poignantly illustrates God’s careful restoration plan by highlighting the purpose for including us in His costly redemptive work.
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