LIFE’s ENDURING QUESTIONS
Is there a God? Why did God put so many stars in the sky? Why is the universe so vast? Why are we here on earth? What is the meaning and purpose to our life? Is it just to live for just a very short while, and then to die? Is death the end of our life or is there a life after death? Is there such a thing as a heaven and a hell? Where do you plan on spending eternity, and with whom? What is God’s ultimate plan and purpose for us? What is ‘..the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11?
For every believer in Jesus Christ, life is all about God, what He wants to do in our lives. Is64:8 states that God is the Potter and we are his clay. God has a perfect plan for us, but we must each learn what it is for ourselves. If not, we will come short of God’s glory Ro3:23, and His inheritance for us! God wants to transform us into His own image. 2Co5:17 tells ‘..if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’.
Life is all about God. It is about God’s great plan and purpose for us before the world began; why we are here on earth; about what Jesus has done for us, and what God is doing today; about things that must happen before Jesus returns, and about His soon coming kingdom on earth. 1Co2:9,10 state ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit..’. Unless we understand, desire, and pursue what God has prepared for those that love Him, we will not receive the great reward and inheritance that He has for us. This paper will look at God’s eternal purpose and how it is tied in with the sons and daughters that God so desires to have ‘according to the good pleasure of His will’ Ep1:4,5. This is the Sonship Message- THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD, to be a son or daughter of God like Jesus Christ!
Life on the High Seas- the Miracle in Manila Bay: Missionary Dr. Gigi Valencia Story
In 2005 while visiting and speaking at a church in Calasiao, Philippines, I heard this very stirring testimony. Facing certain death, Filipino missionary Gigi Valencia pled with God to save her, reminding Him about her many sacrifices to serve Him. Gigi asked ‘God, is this how it is going to end?’ On Feb 27, 2004, somewhere in the vast Manila Bay after midnight, Drs. Ed and Gigi Valencia were on board a huge 12-story Super Ferry, with 23 boxes of medical supplies, equipment, and all their life’s possessions, heading south for Mindanao, the 2ndlargest of over 7000 islands in the Philippines archipelago, to do medical mission for the needy in Lanao Del Sur. A planted Abu Sayyaf terrorist bomb exploded causing the huge ship to begin sinking. Separated from her medical doctor husband and two little daughters, Dr. Gigi called upon God for help. Losing her glasses, she could hardly see. She reminded the Lord how she left her $200 per day dental practice to do medical mission for the 700 Club Operations Blessing in Thailand. The Lord said ‘Gigi, life is not about you, but about Me’.
After jumping into the bay from a height of about 50 feet, Gigi was miraculously saved by a rescue boat. Her husband Dr. Ed, with two little girls in tow all with life vests on, could not jump into the ocean. Then Ed saw a strange man dressed in blue with a flashlight beckoning,‘there is another way out– follow the light’. Dr. Ed and girls found themselves safely on the lower deck where they were able to disembark the sinking ship. Dr. Ed did not recall going through any doors or down any stairs, but rescuers helped him, his daughters, and their two young nannies off the ship. Of the 899 people on board, 116 died that day in this major Manila Bay terrorism incident. Photos and stories of Gigi, Ed, and daughters were plastered on the front pages of the major Manila newspapers, testifying of God’s mercy, power and love. Life is not about us, but it is all about God!
Life is About God’s Perfect Plan For Us.. If We Allow Him To Accomplish It In Us
God has a perfect plan for every believer. As we seek His will for our lives, God will take care of the rest. Mt6:33 tells us ‘..seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’. Ro8:28 states ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose’.
Life is about God’s plan and purpose for our lives. God’s ultimate plan for us is to be like Jesus Christ Ro8:29, and to give us His kingdom Mt25:34. But it requires for us to ‘..love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.. and thy neighbors as thyself’ Mt22:37,39; ‘For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s’ 1Co6:20. Life is not about doing our own will, but seeking ‘God’s will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’ Mt6:10. The apostle Paul wrote ‘For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure’ Php2:13. We learn of God’s will and direction for us when we read the Holy Bible, pray, and seek His kingdom and his righteousness.
Ep1:4,5 state ‘..God hath chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will’. Ro8:29,30 state ‘For whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that Jesus might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom God did predestinate.. he also called: and ..whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified’.
Heb2:10 states ‘For it became God.. in bringing many sons unto glory, to make (Jesus) the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings’. From these scriptures, we see that God desired, predestinated and chose us before the world began. He called, justified and will glorify us like He did Jesus. Simply stated, this is God’s plan and purpose for us– to havemore sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. This is the good pleasure of God’s will! Php1:6 tells us ‘Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ’. 1Th5:23 states ‘Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it’.
Life is All About God’s Great Love for Us
Life is all about God’s love for us. 1Jn3:1 states ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God..’ Paul said ‘to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God’ Ep3:19. God loved us before the foundation of the world. 1Jn4:19 states ‘We love him, because he first loved us’.
Jn3:16 tells us ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. God wants us to be His sons and daughters. God wants to fill us with all His fullness. He wants us to becomelike Him. Jesus said ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’Mt5:48. Peter said ‘..Be ye holy; for I am holy’1Pe1:16. This is the love of God in Christ Jesus: to become like Him in holiness, personality, perfection, character, power, and in glory!
Life is All About Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice At Calvary
God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to fulfill His love, plan and purpose for us.Jesus came to do the will of the Father and to finish His work Jn4:34. Jesus came to redeem us from sin, sickness, death and hell. Jesus came to take ‘away the sin of the world’ Jn1:29.Jesus came to save sinners 1Ti1:15. Jesus came to ‘destroy the works of the devil’ 1Jn3:8.Jesus was made a sacrifice for sin He9:26, ‘the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’ Jn1:29. By His suffering, death and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled God’s plan and purpose for mankind. Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God on earth Mk1:15.
Jesus came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly Jn10:10. Jesus came to abolish death 2Ti1:10. ‘Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ’ Jn1:17, and it is His truth shall make us free Jn8:32,36. Jesus came to give us eternal life Jn3:15. Jesus said ‘No man cometh to the Father, but by me’ Jn14:6. As believers and followers, we are complete in Jesus Christ. Life is all about Jesus; what He had already done for us! Jesus is our Saviour, Baptizer, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, our Glory, and our God!
Life is About Knowing and Obeying the Word of God
Jesus said ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4. ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ Mt24:35. He said in the scriptures, we have eternal life and they testify of Him Jn5:39. Jesus prayed the Father: ‘Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth’ Jn17:17. We are sanctified and cleansed ‘with the washing of water by the word’ Ep5:26. The Word is Jesus Himself Jn1:1,14. Everything we need to know or want to know regarding God, life and eternal life, His plan and purpose, pleasing, worshipping, praising, thanking, honoring and serving God can be found in the Holy Bible.
David wrote ‘Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path’. He declared ‘The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward’ Ps19:7-11. The Word of God will perfect us, make us wise, bless us, and enlighten us. It is better than gold and sweeter than honey, and there is great reward in keeping them. God wants to bless us through His eternal Word.
Life is About the Holy Spirit Working In Our Lives
Jesus said He would not leave us comfortless but will come to us in the person of the Holy Spirit Jn14:18. He said ‘..It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, theComforter will not come unto you.. I will send him unto you’ Jn16:7. The Holy Spirit is the power of God. Jesus said ‘.. ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth’. The Holy Spirit was sent to empower us to do the works of Jesus Jn14:12, and to change us into the image of Christ. His job is to teach us all things, guide us into all truth, show us things to come, to bring things to our remembrance, speak only that which He hears from Jesus, and to glorify JesusJn14:26,16:13,14.
Paul said ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’ Ro8:14. We ‘..are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’ 2Co3:18. The power of the Holy Spirit that works in us and transforms us, is the same‘anointing of God’ that Jesus possessed Lk4:18. It is the ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Co1:27. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit in us that will quicken our mortal bodies to partake in the coming Rapture of the saints Ro8:11, a truly supernatural event.
Life is About Serving the Lord and Being His Disciple
We are told to ‘Serve the LORD with gladness..’ Ps100:2; ‘serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling’ Ps2:11. Jesus said ‘If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour’ Jn12:26. Jesus said unto his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his Cross, and follow me‘ Mt16:24. ‘And whosoever doth not bear his Cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple’ Lk14:27. ‘For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it’ Mk8:35. ‘He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me’ Mt10:37,38.
Jesus said ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men’. Jesus wants us to ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’ Mk16:15. We ‘shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Jesus Christ’ Co3:24. There is no shortcut toSonship- to be a son or daughters of God like Jesus Christ. We must deny ourselves and follow the cross of Jesus!
Our Glory to Come- Life is About God’s Desire to Give Us His Glory
Heb2:10 states ‘For it became (God).. in bringing many sons unto Glory, to make the captain of their salvation (Jesus) perfect through sufferings’. Before He was crucified, Jesus prayed ‘O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the Glory which I had with thee before the world was.. And the Glory which thou gavest me I have given them;that they may be one, even as we are one’ Jn17:5,22. Before Adam the first man was put on the earth 6000 years ago, God had an ‘eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11. This eternal purpose in Christ Jesus is to ‘bring many sons unto Glory’. Ro8:29,30 state ‘For whom (God) did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom (God) did predestinate, them he also called.. justified.. he also Glorified’.
Ro8:17 tells us ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with (Jesus), that we may be also Glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the Glory which shall be revealed in us’. God wants to bring more sons unto Glory. 1Pe4:13 states ‘But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his Glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy’. Sufferings and bearing our Cross Lk14:27 are agents to make us Christ-like.
The way to Glory is to suffer for Christ’s sake. Co3:4 states ‘When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in Glory’. Paul said this is ‘the mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the Hope of Glory’ Co1:27. God created man to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. 1Jn3:3 states ‘..every man that hath this hope in (Jesus) purifieth himself, even as he is pure’. If you want to be like Jesus Christ, you must purify yourself, even as He is pure!
The Sonship Message- Life is All About God Having More Sons and Daughters Like Jesus Christ
Finally, as our lives are very short compared to eternity and what God has in mind for us, life is all about God and not about us! Ac17:28 states ‘For in God we live, and move, and have our being..’. God is Almighty and Sovereign, and always does what He wants, when He wants. For example, we had no choice to be born or of our parents. We had no choice of our gender- male or female, our race and citizenship, or when in history/time we would be living. God made all the choices for us. God chose our parents, our gender, our race, our birth country, and also to be living today in these last days.
God chose us in Jesus Christ before foundation of the world to be holy and blameless ‘having ‘predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will’ Ep1:4,5. Life is all about God and not about us. It is about His great plan and purpose and about what He is doing in these last days. God is preparing a people for Himself. As Jesus is returning soon, we need to be ready for His coming. Jesus said ‘Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not’ Lk12:40.
Soon the 6th day or 6000 years of mankind will be over, and God will enter into His 7th day rest, His millennial kingdom. God’s 1000 year kingdom under the Lordship of Jesus Christ will then be established. The Overcomers Re3:21,21:7, will be made kings and priests Re5:10,to reign with Him. Nothing will stop God from fulfilling His great plan, and we can be in His plan only if we know what it is, what He wants to do in us, and if we obey and follow Him. Ro8:19 declares ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God‘.
This is the Sonship Message and ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11- for God to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ. They shall be like Jesus Ro8:29; they shall inherit all things Re21:7; and they shall reign with Him forever and ever in the coming endless eternity Re22:5! Amen!
- THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #1- Life is About God and Not About Us
- THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #2- What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden
- THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #3- PAUL’S GOSPEL
- THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #4- From Here to Eternity
- THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #5- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus
- THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #6- A Postscript To God’s Coming Glory Upon Us
- THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #7- OUR COMING GREAT INHERITANCE