‘Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:’’ 2Timothy 1:9

Ever wondered why there’s an endless striving in the ‘Christian community’’ to be more holy, more righteous. Why there’s much fear of falling short, fear of not making heaven, getting saved and unsaved? It is because our understanding of the purpose of God for us in Christ is shortsighted. We see ourselves in Christ as we saw in Adam. We unconsciously think there would’ve been no need for Christ if Adam hadn’t failed and that Christ only came for the purpose of fixing Adam's wrong. So in our mind, the possibility of falling short if we are not careful is very high because Jesus will come again at the ‘End Of The World’ and this time, to sentence us to eternal damnation if we are not found standing. 

This is how the story has been told for years: “In the beginning God made man in his image and after his likeness, placed him in the garden of Eden and commanded him not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The first man (Adam) disobeyed and ate from the tree which resulted in his death and then God introduced a plan ‘B’ in the person of Jesus Christ to restore man and give us what we lost in Adam.”

Such interpretation muddies the waters of understanding about the nature of God and his purpose for humanity. It also creates a notion that, if not for the fall of Adam, there would’ve been no need for Jesus; and therefore, reduces the entire work of Jesus Christ from his incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension to one thing; to restore all that we lost in Adam. 

However, if we study scriptures properly without such preconceived thoughts, we will begin to see things differently: That Christ didn’t just come to restore that which we lost in Adam, but to give us that which God has purposed or us in Him (Christ) before the world began. Jesus is not an afterthought or a plan ‘B’. He is the very deal. The plan ‘A’. Christ did not come to work on or improve on our identity in the first Adam. He came to give us a whole new identity that cannot be identified with the old. He came to give us a whole new life — His life; the preordained life! In Him we don’t just have the image of God for are fashioned in his likeness but we are the very image. In him there’s no falling short of the glory of God, for we are the expression of his glory.
…Before the world began:
The story began long before God laid down earth’s foundation, in eternal realm long before the ages were formed, and ages before the first man saw the light of the earth’s day. God set in motion his omniscient and immutable purpose for humanity. He had His eyes on us and set his heart towards us, to put on display the riches of his grace to us in Christ.  This idea didn’t pop up immediately after the fall of the first man (Adam). If it did, it will only showcase God was caught off guard. But he wasn’t because he is the God who orchestrates the end from the beginning in his all knowingness. Come to think of it, there wouldn’t have been a need for the ‘Tree of life’’ which is a picture of Christ in the garden if Adam was the end!

…Not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace:  
The entire purpose wasn’t prompted by our obedience or by our good behaviors. It is not what we did that made Him show us this love and nothing we do can undo it. It happened even before we ever knew. It is not about our heart for him or the place He had in our heart. It is about Him setting his love on us according to His own heart, according to His own will and purpose and nothing can take us out of this love of God in Christ. He has us where he wants us! This is where the simplicity of the gospel lies: that we were loved, engraced and chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and will forever be in Him in a world without end.

Grace to you.

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