Does God Have a Purpose for YOU?

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What Is God’s Eternal Purpose?

Yesterday, I discussed God’s eternal purpose. If you’ve forgotten it, you should review it. But here it is again, in a nutshell:

  1. It is accomplished in Jesus Christ
  2. It will be accomplished through the church
  3. God wants to make it known to the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms

Three Things About Which God Concerns Himself

Since it isn’t about you, or me, what is God’s eternal purpose about? In essence, it’s about Himself. It’s about Himself in Jesus Christ. Going deeper still, it’s about God expressing Himself in Jesus Christ through the tabernacle of His church.

  1. The care of the cosmos
  2. The care of the church
  3. The care and salvation of man

The Care of the Cosmos

When I talk about the cosmos, I am talking about God’s created order. In other words, everything which God has made.

  1. God called His entire creation “good” — After the sixth day, when God created man, He looked at “all He had made” and said it was “very good.” ( Genesis 1:31, Berean Study Bible) This is significant because after Adam sinned, God cursed the ground (Genesis 3:17, Berean Study Bible), but He does not plan to leave it in that state forever.
  2. God is reconciling all things to Himself — In Colossians 1:19–20 (Berean Study Bible), it says that “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.” In other words, Christ did not die on the cross merely for the salvation of men, but for the reconciling of “all things” in heaven and on earth. The cosmos.
  3. Man is God’s steward over creationGenesis 1:28 tells us that God blessed Adam and Eve and commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply” and to “subdue” the earth. He also charged man with ruling over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every creature. The word “subdue” in Hebrew is kabash. It means to “bring into bondage.” In other words, man is to literally rule over the creation. Quite often, especially in conservative Christian circles, what is emphasized is the violent nature of subjugation. I’ve heard Christians actually advocate for the “rape and pillage” of earth as our God-given right. I don’t believe this is what God had in mind. In Genesis, chapter 2, verse 15, the text says God put man in the Garden of Eden to “cultivate it” and “keep it.” The Hebrew word for “cultivate” in that verse is abad, a word which means to work and to serve. In some contexts, the connotation is to “work and serve” as a slave in bondage to a master. So we have what appears to be a conundrum. Man is to both subjugate and serve as a slave to the created order. I believe the view that God had in mind with man’s relationship to His creation is that we are to keep it, cultivate it, rule over it, and care for it as God’s representatives within the order. We are to care for what God called “very good” as if God Himself were doing the caring. We are stewards over God’s created order.

The Care of the Church

God’s eternal purpose will be carried out by His people. In the Old Testament, God wanted to fulfill that purpose through Israel. But Israel failed. In the new covenant, God fulfills His purpose through the church in Christ. You cannot separate Christ from His church. After the ascension, the church is Christ.

The Care and Salvation of Man

One of the most unfortunate misunderstandings modern Christians have about God is that salvation is the end goal. We have so convoluted God’s purpose that we have twisted it to mean that God’s ultimate goal for all of creation is to save me, or us, from going to hell.

Conclusion

Our duty is to align ourselves with God’s purpose for creation, His church, and all of mankind. We can put God to the test. His promises are true and will be fulfilled at the time He has ordained them to be fulfilled.

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Allen Taylor

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Allen Taylor is chief content officer at https://tayloredcontent.com, an author and ghostwriter, and publisher at https://cruxpublications.com.