God is a meticulous planner. Not unlike you and me (its not true that the devil is in the details, God is). Yes, there are the obsessive- compulsive types in this planet who organize and micro-manage themselves to death all in the name of organization and planning. Its a disorder you know.
As it is, God’s plan has been unveiling for thousands of years. Ever since Adam and Eve was deceived by Satan, God has been planning for the redemption of every person in this world. Not just a few, but billions. I cannot even start to imagine the scale of that plan. Being a tech person, I can imagine scale in the petaflops (A petaflop is the ability of a computer to do one quadrillion floating point operations per second; a quadrillon is –> 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000). FYI, on June 10, 2013, China’s Tianhe-2 was ranked the world’s fastest with a record of 33.86 petaflops.
But I digress.
Of course, there are those who eventually will be saved and some not. Without going into a debate on predestination, I would like to say that God’s plan is a mystery that was unveiled with the incarnation of Jesus and His subsequent death and resurrection based on what the Bible said. That in God’s grand design, He was already thinking of your redemption from sin, even though you haven’t been born yet thousands of years ago.
And speaking of plans, the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Ephesians lays out God’s plan as revealed by the Holy Spirit. There are four verses in this epistle that states, in clear terms, what God’s plan is.
Our first stop is Ephesians 1:10 where it says, “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”
Paul is referring to God here as the one who will put everything in heaven and n earth under the authority of Jesus. As you can see, this has not happened yet. God is waiting for the right time. In planning, timing is crucial. In His good time, everything will fall into place so that Jesus can assume authority of everything. Right now, the devil is allowed to do his work–deceiving, ruining, killing and destroying–a time will come when everything he is allowed to do will cease as Jesus reigns.
Next in line is Ephesians 3:6, “And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.”
In the time of this epistle’s writing, there we only Jews and Gentiles, or non-Jews. Majority of the early Christians were Jews. Paul was a Jew. Jesus was Jew! He was not a Christian. Jews then (even today) believe that they would be exclusively saved by the Messiah. Little did they know how God, Yeshuah, thinks. God’s plan was to save everyone, not just Jews. Yes, they are specially chosen by God but we are the same nonetheless, all needing of Jesus’ redemption. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross and rising from the dead, we are now share the same inheritance as the Jews, just as God planned.
Thirdly, Ephesians 3:10-11 says “God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If I understand it right, part of God’s plans is for the church to be a testimony to the spiritual world! The church in its rich variety. Everyone who receives and believes in Jesus. There really should be no denominationalism or sectarianism. Different groups may differ in what they believe and its all ok (unless of course if its downright unorthodox, heretic or cultic). We should not be bickering and fighting each other but loving towards each other. This is how we testify of God’s redemptive power to the devil.
We should have unity in the Spirit, nothing else; Christ’s love should be enough for those who believe.
Lastly, Ephesians 6:19 says, “And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.”
The Good News is for everyone! It is not exclusive. Its inclusive! It is available to everyone who believes, be they Jew, Catholic, Protestant of Muslim. There is no exception. This is God’s plan for you and me. Its not a mystery anymore. God wants all authority to be subjected to Jesus; that everyone, Jew or Gentile believes in Him; that the church, comprised of everyone who believes in Jesus be a testimony to the heavenly powers and lastly, that everyone would be able to share this plan to others.
God loves you and me so stick to the plan!