In the beginning God had a purpose, a will, or a determination for his creation of mankind. He has made this will known to us through his scripture. From the beginning this will has always been carried out. He has told us this in Isaiah 46:9-19. “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else, I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:…”. And, another scripture to add to this is Revelation 4:11, “Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” So we, his creation, were created to be pleasing to God, to give him pleasure. To many, that would seem selfish, but God’s pleasure is this, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”(Lk 12:32) That is not selfish or self centered, it is loving. What is it that God wants us to receive? A kingdom of deliverance from sin and of evelasting life and the continual presence of the Lord God, the Creator of the universe. It is this kingdom that God wants his creation to be a part of and in so doing we give him pleasure. And, whether we realize it or not, our heart is not content and our being is not satisfied outside of God’s kingdom.
HOW IT IS POSSIBLE
We cannot receive this kingdom without change. For we, by nature, sin against God and seperate ourselves from him and his kingdom. But God has from the beginning provided a way for us to be cleansed of sin and become worthy to be a part of his holy kingdom. That provision is, as we know, through his Son, Christ Jesus, whom God, though he loved him dearly, gave as the only sacrifice for our sins. And Christ, loving his Father so much, willingly became that sacrifice that we may be united with God in his kingdom. The sacrifice of this one man made it possible for us to give his Father pleasure. Now that is the ultimate love story.
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We make our own choice to either enter into God’s kingdom or, by rejecting the work of the Holy Ghost on our conscious, to go our own way. God works on our heart in many and sometimes mysterious ways to bring us to ourselves and see our need to repent. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Pet 3:9) Many of us need to take a good look at our past and see God’s work on our hearts and see his longsuffering with us. “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.” (Eph 1:5) Some think they can come to God by their own way without giving up their life. But as Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” By giving up our life, letting the old man (or nature) die, and by faith receiving Jesus Christ as saviour, we are pleasing to God. By receiving a new spirit and a new heart that will not sin against him we are thus translated into God’s kingdom and receive a part of the very nature of God. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pet 1:4) This is God’s plan and purpose hidden as a mystery in the scriptures so that only they that seek God will understand.
THE ULTIMATE BENEFITS PROGRAM
This kingdom becomes part of the Christian, now, in this world, and gives us power over our enemy, the devil. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us in the kingdom of his dear Son.”(2 Pet 3:9) “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” (1 Cor 4:20) “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Rom 14:7) “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for the kingdom of God is within you.” (Lk 17:21) This is not something that has to be conjured up to have its presence known to the beliver. This is God’s righteousness, God’s peace and God’s joy indwelling in the Christian. The devil will counter the inner kingdom with whatever means he is allowed (as he did with Job). For although we are not of the world, we are still in the world and subject to he devil’s attacks. But he has an end to his work against God and his people. When the devil’s work has been finished and he is cast into the lake of fire then is the fulfillment of this scripture: “And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, not crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev 21:4)
God has predestinated from the beginning those who choose his way to live in a kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy. If we don’t make that right choice then there is another predestination of eternity in the lake of fire and without the presence of God. Moses was very bold when he told Israel, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and thy seed may live…” (Deut 30:19) Can we be any less serious about our life today.
We can give God his pleasure by giving our life to him at the cross or, by rejecting his love, we can choose to go our own way and receive our just reward and join Satan and his angels for eternity in the lake of fire.