"GOD'S PERFECT PLAN"
Submitted by Pastor Stewart
Paul probably wrote the letter of Romans in about AD 57, towards the end of his third missionary journey, perhaps from Corinth. This letter has been called the greatest theological document ever written. In it, Paul outlines what Christians believe, and explains God’s Perfect Plan in bringing sinners back to Him. It offers Paul’s fullest exposition on the all-important issue of righteousness: How a person can be in the right with God, and how a person can live a God-honoring righteous life.
From Man’s acknowledgement of his fall, he, through the Love of God and the Holy Spirit, has seen The Need for God’s Salvation more than anything else. Living with God forever, should be the ultimate goal of mankind. Salvation refers to the act of being saved or protected from harm or destruction; being delivered from the power and penalty of sin (redemption). The saving of the soul from sin and its consequences, this of course is man’s greatest need.
Since he is unable to achieve or secure, or obtain this Salvation for himself, that desire creates a dependency on Someone who can. For all that we do and want to accomplish, we need a Plan. Salvation is the Most Wonderful Gift in the world. To be saved, or born again, is to be translated from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son (Col. 1:13). It is to be made acceptable before God. His Salvation is complete and without cost to the sinner. The total price has been paid. The Work is finished!
The moment the sinner becomes a recipient of God’s Grace, he is delivered from the debt incurred by sin. For him there is no more condemnation (Rom 8:1). The greatest love view of God was to see that man was helpless without Him, God made known His Perfect Plan to Man. As we become more concerned about what God is concerned about, we this year will become more engaged with God’s Perfect Plan and His One Item Agenda. Yes, Only God has a Perfect Plan.
In our Christian Faith we worship God who is one in three and three in one; one in essence and three in person. The entire Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit is involved in the Salvation of the sinner. The author of the Plan of redemption is none other than God the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe and of man. He spoke, and by the world of His mouth brought all things into existence and devised a Plan of Salvation for His disobedient and fallen creatures. Scripture clearly points to God the Father as the designer of the Plan.
Let us never forget the entire Work of Salvation is unto “the Praise of His Glory” (Eph. 1:12, 14).
I remain your Shepard,
Pastor George O. Stewart