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Bible Study Lesson 28

The Master Plan Of God For The Salvation Of Man
 A.  Can Man Be Saved Despite His Inherent Weakness
 B.  God's Plan Is For Man's Future And Hope
 C.  God's Standing Law On Sinners
 D.  God's Plan Is To Create Man Anew In Christ

 E.  Christ Created In Himself The "One New Man
 F.  The Great Mystery - Christ Relationship To His Church
 G.  The Great Value Of The "One New Man"
 H.  How A Sinful Man Can Become God's Masterpiece
 I.   Summary: The master Plan of God For The Salvation Of Man 

 28I.   Summary: The Master Plan Of God For The Salvation Of Man


When God created man, He intended man to be Holy and blameless before Him in love (Eph.1:4). God also intended man to be Holy in accordance with His will (Eph. 2:8-9), because If man can be holy by works of righteousness which he does by himself, God will be forced to pay his reward, which he rightfully earns (Romans 4:4). Hence, the reward will be no longer as a gift of God, grace or blessings but that which is due man. So, God purposely made all people prisoners of disobedience so that He might show mercy to them all. (Romans 11:3)

Thus God created man weak—in the flesh (Matthew 26:41), hence it is susceptible and prone to sin. Man in his sinful human nature and in his own capability cannot avoid sinning, so all men is condemned to die in the lake of fire which is the second death. (Revelation 20:14)

How can man be saved despite his inherent weaknesses? Certainly the man who sins shall die but it is also certain that there are also those who will receive God's gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)  For God had a plan for man before He created him.  The Lord says: I have plans for you, they are plans for good, to give you a future and a hope. God's plan is for the good of man because it is about God's secret plan that had to be completed by means of Christ as the head of the church. This plan is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head of the church. Christ as head of the church is for the good of men because it is essential in God's master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:21, LVB).


God's standing Law on the sinners requires that "everyman shall be put to death for his own sin.(Dt:24:16:) And God's Law also affirms that "the soul that sins shall die." (Ez:18:4:)  Man in his sinful human nature and in his own capability cannot avoid sinning,  so man is condemned to die in the lake of fire which is the second death.(Rv:21:8) But God's divine justice also requires that the righteous should not die as the wicked. (Genesis 18:25)  

How then can man be saved despite his inherent weaknesses?
According to God's plan, God made Christ Jesus, the only person who did not sin or who knew no sin, to be sin for us.  Why?  "So that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (II Cor. 5:21) This is the only way in which God's standing law on sinners will not be violated.  

How?  God's master plan was clearly explained in the Bible.  God destined all men to be created in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:10)  Although all men have sinned,  God has made it possible to redeem their sins through His Son Christ Jesus by creating in Himself (Christ Jesus) the "One New Man" from the two (Christ and men who have faith in Him).  It is only through this union, the creation of the "One New Man" where sins of the men (who have faith in Christ) are forgiven by God, thus peace with God is attained (Eph 2:15).

Before Christ and men can be created as the "One New Man", God's requirement must be fulfilled. God requires that both ( Christ and men) be reconciled to God in one body (Christ body) through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity". (Eph. 2:16)  This is the reason why God offered Christ to die on the cross, so that by his sacrificial death (shedding of blood, Heb.9:22) he should become the means by which people sins are forgiven through their faith in him. (Romans 3:25, TEV)

In accord with God's plan, the relationship between Christ and men in the "One New Man" is that Christ is the Head of the Body (Col. 1:18),  and Men (who have faith in Christ) must be "members individually" in the Body. (1 Cor. 12:27)  In the eyes of God, Christ (the Head) and the Body (His Church), is the One New Man.  The "One New Man" is rightfully called  the "Church of Christ" for it is Christ who died and purchased (paid for) the Church with His own blood (Acts 20:28) 

Apostle Paul described Christ's relationship with His church as a great mystery. He likened Christ relationship with His Church as that of a husband and wife—they are like one flesh. Christ and His Church are joined together according to God's design. In the sight of God, Christ and His Church are one (Eph 5:25-32).  God made Christ (who knew nothing of sin) to pay (shed blood) for the sins of the members of His Church, so that in union with Him, their sins will be forgiven and they become righteous before God, without violating God's law on sinners (Dt.24:16)  This is God's way of putting people right with Himself.

By means of the One New Man, peace with God was attained for the members of Christ Body—the Church.  This peace with God is the absence of condemnation—the sentence for all sinners which is the second death in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14)—thus attaining salvation and eternal life.

God's plan becomes realized, when a sinful man becomes God's masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). That is a sinful man has been created anew in Christ Jesus for good works and now walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit ( Romans 8:1)


End Of Lesson    Thank You For Your Time!
We hope that "The Master Plan Of God For The Salvation Of Man" was made clear and meaningful to you by the verses of the Holy Bible.

For more related topics and details on "God's Master Plan For The Salvation Of man", please continue your study on
Lesson - 30
Supplementary Topics For The Master Plan Of God For The Salvation Of Man

Although all men have sinned, God has made it possible, through His son Jesus Christ, to be redeemed of their sins. Thus, they become righteous anew before God and now capable of doing the good works that God required him to do. This is the meaning of "being created anew in Christ Jesus". (Topic 28D)  Integral to "God's Master Plan For The Salvation Of Man", how will God's plan to create man anew will be accomplished,  will be studied in detail in
Lesson-34 How Are People Created Anew, Reborn or Born Again


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