Wednesday, April 4, 2007

God made a commitment to save me before the foundation of the world!

In preparation for Easter, I am meditating on this glorious Scriptural truth- before time was created, before the creation of Earth- God committed to making me, who trusts Christ (by His grace), His child through Christ's work on the cross!

Ephesians. 1:4-8 ...even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight...

I know from verses in Scripture, like these in Ephesians, the Trinity had a "meeting" where the plan of salvation for me and you (who trust Christ, by His grace) was decreed. Theologians call this meeting the Eternal Counsel of Redemption. Simply put, the Trinity counseled within itself, before time, concerning the manifesting of God's glory through the redemption of chosen men and women. This is huge- the Holy Trinity met and chose me to be part of those who would be redeemed, furthermore, at that "meeting", before time, Jesus was chosen to do the redeeming, and He agreed to it! Continuing the thought about this intertrinitarian meeting from eternity past, The Holy Spirit would be the one to apply the work of the Son to me.

The Father chooses some to be redeemed, the Son redeems by the cross, and the Holy Spirit applies redemption!

It excites and encourages me that the Godhead- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- met before time to determine that I would be adopted as a son in Christ and, and as Ephesians 1:8 declares, wisdom and insight would be lavished upon me!

The Cross is about commitment. Today, again, I am remembering Jesus on the Cross for me. I am also remembering that it began with a glorious commitment on the part of the Trinity to save me- for God's glory.

The writer of Hebrews exhorts us by saying "May the God of Peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep". The eternal covenant spoken of here refers to the time before time that the Holy Trinity committed to saving me. When Jesus says "into thy hands I commit thy spirit" I must not lose sight of all that God has committed to in bringing the holy Lamb to that point on the cursed tree- for me.


Frontier Forest said...

Thank the Lord for God’s glorious eternal commitment! His secure and everlasting promise is for ALL who are the called! Eternal security doesn’t mean that it is our responsibility to hold on to God! We are weak and no matter our strength, and our willingness to hold on, we will eventually lose our grip.
But In HIM, WE SHALL NEVER PERISH! He has forever sealed us in His secure hands of promise. And the Father, who is greater than all, has forever sealed Christ’s promise around His mighty hands…. For THEY are ONE!
I feel such pain, almost throbbing in my spirit when I hear a believer make shallow, unbiblical statements, doubting his or her “Security in Christ.” Thinking that ones personal salvation, or eternal life is some kind of “off and on” deal THEY have personally made with God.
I think about the “tragedy of doubts” from my wonderful Godly, Nazarene grandmother, whose scale of sins, compared to mine, would indeed be measured as a saint! On her dying bed, struggling to say a few last words, this most humble saint… a true servant of the living Christ, commented to all the loved ones surrounding her, “I wished I knew if I have been good enough? I hope God allows me into His kingdom? I sure tried to live according to His teachings.” Being a much younger believer back then, I remember her doubting comments, her commitment to hold on to Jesus, really shook me big time! I remember saying,
“Grandma, after living such a devoted and God-fearing life, how could you doubt God? How can you doubt His promises? You have dedicated your life to serving others and you know the Bible better than anyone I know. I don’t understand how could you not be assured of such a salvation?” Boldly saying, “Grandma, the promise in I John 5:13 seems perfectly clear to me? ‘These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that YOU MAY KNOW that you have eternal life!’”
I know that I know! Thanks be unto the Lord, Easter promise is Near, for God’s glorious eternal commitment has been made clear!

Kampfgruppe Hoppa said...

I am amazed by the eternal counsel of redemption and have been more amazed since taking your class on the covenantal structure of scripture. I've been meditating on "for who did Christ die?" John Owen among others helped me understand Christ's work on the cross this way: "...the Son underwent punishment for all the sins of some men. Then Christ, in their stead suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth." Psalm 111:9 says, "He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name."