The Mystery: The Eternal Purpose
October 11, 2010 § 10 Comments
What if I told you that God has a mystery? A secret that has been kept for ages, something that was not even revealed to Abraham, Moses, Elijah or other prophets of the old testament.
What if I told you that this secret is the highest desire of God’s heart? His passion. His heartbeat. His longing.
All creations exist out of the overflowing of this passion. The whole entire bible points to this one mystery. And the Church exists by and for this mystery.
“That is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:3-4)
“According to his Eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:11)
God revealed this mystery to Apostle Paul — the Eternal purpose of God. Eternal means that it was present in the “Past”, also here in the “Present”, and will still be there in the “Future”.
What could have existed in the past, present and future? (Here is a list of what christians today pursue)
- Evangelism? — No, there was no need for evangelism before Creation. And when Christ come the second time there will be no more need for evangelism.
- Bible study & Theology? — No, there was no need for theology before Creation. And when Christ comes the second time, our knowledge of Him will be perfected.
- Miracle & Healing? — No, there was no need of faith and healing before Creation. And when Christ comes the second time, our faith will be perfected. Also, there will be no more sickness and sorrow, remember?
- ____________ (FILL IN THE BLANK) — Social work? Apologetics?
(All the things in this list are good, but none is the ETERNAL purpose)
So what is the eternal purpose?
The only way for us to understand this mystery is to go back in time before creation (The eternity past). Whatever God was doing back then must be the eternal purpose.
“What was God doing back then before the creation? Was He jobless, bored and lonely?”
I am glad that my God is The Trinity. Thank God that we were not created out of boredom and loneliness, but out of the abundance of Love.
The answer to my question is this: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy spirit was enjoying each other as a Divine community. Loving, respecting, glorifying, and abiding in ONE ANOTHER.
And behold, the mystery revealed:
God enjoyed this lifestyle so much and being so passionate about it, He decided to SHARE and MULTIPLY this Divine life with us. That’s why He said: “Let us make man in OUR image” (Genesis 1:26) And the rest is history.
God’s eternal purpose is to establish His body – “true communities,” where The divine community can express/manifest themselves among His people.
If our church’s and our personal purpose in life does not align with this purpose, we are missing the mark. Without the eternal purpose, all the things I mentioned in the list above will not mean anything.
TO BE CONTINUED..
(Taken from “From eternity to here” – by: Frank Viola)