…but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:19-21
Seeing it all first
Before God ever created anything, the triune God had decided that the second person of the Godhead, would wrap Himself in flesh, and provide the salvation that was impossible for us. God had the complete plan of salvation worked out with exact clarity.
It’s said that Mozart, the great music composer, never wrote down a single note until he had his musical composition completed in his mind. When it was finished in his mind then, with fervor, he scored the musical composition, releasing all that was built up within him. I don’t know if that legend is true but my wife, for one, has that same proclivity, so Mozart had nothing on her.
My wife, Diana, is a creator of things. From bookshelves to stuffed animals, she can make them, and they are excellent. Curiously, she has said to me on more than one occasion, “I can’t start until I’ve worked the whole thing out in my mind.” Now I’m not saying she’s a Mozart, but there is a connection there.
This “see it all first” talent is a testimony to our God; it’s one of the countless human characteristics that we received by being created in the image of God. Scripture is full of examples of God’s way of “seeing it all first” and working within “His counsel” (Ephesians 1:11) to accomplish His will.
God’s work will be accomplished
There is nothing in the universe that can stop the will of God. So, we are encouraged when we read in Revelation 22:13:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.“
Jesus is the Omega (“the last”). He will have the last work, the last decision, and the last word. Moreover, be encouraged for God’s Word states, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6); Completion is omega, “the last.”
We can’t see our ending from our beginning, but God does. To make this a little more personal, God holds you in His heart, and, in Him, you are complete, if you receive the salvation He planned before creation; that plan is Jesus.
There are no missing pieces. If we will only stop trusting ourselves and put our trust in Jesus and be reconciled back to God, then we will live God’s plan for us. That is the desire and intent of God. Our Heavenly Father has a vision of you and me, and He has already stored up all we need to live out His plan. He saw our completion, before we saw our beginning.
This is not “fate” or “meant-to-be” religion. God has made salvation a complete package, but we can only receive His gift and begin our adventure by first receiving God’s Son. Amen.
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