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God’s Purpose and Plan

‘Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1v3-4)

‘Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age

Continuing our deep dive into the Book of Galatians, Paul reminds the churches  hearing his letter that they are no longer to consider themselves under the judgement of God. Instead, they should see themselves as different to the world in their perspective and outlook – why? Because they should no longer be feeling guilty about their failures but  rather elated and grateful at experiencing God’s peace and grace.

How do we know this is what God wants?

Because God in the person of Jesus Christ  gives Himself  for our sins to rescue us from the present age – which also presumably means to inherit the age that will come after it – aka Heaven.

No wonder Paul finishes  the verse the way he does observing that all of this happens not because humanity wills it but rather it is filled with Divine purpose and intention  – in short, it happens because it is done according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen’ (Galatians 1v5)

 

 


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Holy Spirit in History?

‘I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”(Ezekiel 37v14)’ (Ezekiel 37 v1)

What I love about this scripture is God’s promise to ‘put’ his Spirit into the people. Of course, it is only when we factor in that it was spoken during the period we now refer to as the Old Testament that we realise its significance. God’s eternal plan of infilling his creation has begun.

Here we have the first inklings of what the disciples will encounter at Pentecost. Six hundred years on after the death of Ezekiel and Jesus instructs the disciples to wait on God’s Counsellor who will come to them after his departure. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples begin a period of fasting and praying in readiness for the Counsellor to come – but truth be told, they had no idea what to expect!

The Holy Spirit enters into each of them and – filled with the life and presence of God – they fall into the streets telling everyone the good news of Jesus. The persecution that follows only makes them bold and resilient. Soon their numbers grow as a handful of disciples multiply into the 2.18 billion followers in the world today. Not by clever marketing or strategy but because God lives within each person and what they have is good news. This is how we know ‘the Lord has spoken and he has done it!’ (Ezek 37v14)

 


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