God’s Plan for You

Text: Jeremiah 29:11

People often wonder what God’s plan is for their lives. We can only know what God reveals (1 Corinthians 2:10-12), but the Bible does address this issue. We sometimes get caught up in details & ignore the big picture.

God Desires for You to be in Heaven with Him

  • Jesus told His apostles of the place that would be prepared for them (John 14:2-3)
  • This promise was not just for the apostles, but for all of us as well (Mark 16:15-16)

In order for this plan to be fulfilled…

Sin Had to be Dealt With

  • Sin separates man from God (Isaiah 59:2)
  • Sin is a universal problem (Romans 3:23)
  • Christ was going to have to deal with sin through the cross (Ephesians 2:16; 1 Peter 3:18)

Christ Had to Come

  • God’s eternal purpose was fulfilled in Christ (Ephesians 3:11)
  • His predetermined plan involved the death of Christ (Acts 2:23)
  • In order for this plan to be carried out, several things had to be done to prepare the way for Christ (Galatians 4:4), including: coming of John (Mark 1:2-4), work of the prophets (1 Peter 1:10-12), lineage of Christ preserved (Genesis 12:1-3; 21:12; 28:13-14; 35:10-11; Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Jeremiah 29:10-14), prophecy of Jesus coming to defeat Satan (Genesis 3:15)
  • God had done so much in order to save us – do not think lightly of it (Romans 2:4)

Man Had to be Shown the Way

  • We cannot direct ourselves (Jeremiah 10:23) – the way to heaven is through Christ (John 14:6)
  • The eternal purpose in Christ would be made known through the gospel (Ephesians 3:8-11)
  • He has predestined us according to His purpose (Ephesians 1:5,11) – He chose us in Him (Ephesians 1:4; cf. Romans 6:3), those who would be holy & blameless
  • Our duty here is to fear Him and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13) – obedience leads to salvation (Hebrews 5:9)

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