“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.” Jer. 29:11, 12. NLT
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Mt. 25:34 AMP
…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will… Eph. 1:4, 5. NKJV
So, technically, yes. We were all in God’s plan. And God laid down the entirety of that plan in the sacred texts of the Bible. Yet throughout history, people have tried to corrupt that plan. It began with the Jewish Rabbis, who affixed a plethora of extra ‘conditions’ that the parishioners had to meet in order to gain holiness.
These conditions we constructed to be impossible to meet, to necessitate the Rabbi’s existence to ‘help’ others to have a hope for pleasing God. But that is not of God. Why?
“So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them.” Dt. 12:32 NLT
The Rabbis were clearly in violation of scripture. So, who were the Rabbis following?
It has always been the policy of Satan, since the world began, to break the power of moral government over mind; to introduce confusion, rebellion, and damnation, into the universe of God. Charles G. Finney
The devil sows chaos, often through misguided people, to separate them from God. The Jews were so misinformed about scripture, that they didn’t even recognize the Messiah in Christ. Yet His gospel and the early church blazed the way for the purity in the word of God – for at time…
However, man-manipulated scripture reared its ugly head again with the advent of different church denominations, founded by those who planted more seeds of satanic confusion. Parishioners reflected this confusion as they became tainted with corrupted teachings. They became separated from God’s ‘true north’:
And Jesus replied to him, “’YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.” Mt. 22:37 – 40. AMP.
If you are sticking to God’s plan: loving Him, yourself and all others, you will be acting that out. When you stick to the plan, you are in God’s plan – except when you’re not, i.e. slipped into sin. However, God immediately brings you back in the plan when you confess and repent, when you have faith in God’s deliverance though Christ.
That’s how it works. Then you won’t be rubbing some beads, paying money to buy forgiveness of sins (doesn’t work), worship angels and ‘exalted’ saints, or elect some man to be your propitiator with Christ.
When you have Jesus, you’ll know that it is your dependency upon Him and Him alone that delivers you from your transgressions and keeps you humble in the majesty of His presence, as you remember that you have no righteousness without Him. Only Christ gives you access to God.
This too, is contrary to those people in the church that are legalists. You cannot ‘earn’ your way to salvation.
Another way that we are prevented from being in God’s plan, is by parsing His word; i.e. ‘cherry-picking’ only certain scriptures to obey. This is basically doing the same as the Rabbis of old, that is, removing parts of God’s word by ignoring their sacred instruction.
For example, there are those who deny the final ‘sifting, at the end of time:
“…and He will put the sheep on His right [the place of honor], and the goats on His left [the place of rejection]. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”…”Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons)…” Mt. 25:33, 34 & 41. AMP
Crystal clear yet ignored by many to justify having a ‘license’ to sin. To disobey is to sin; to commit unrepentant sin is to invite death.
To reiterate, the gospel was given to save; yet when we mangle God’s word, we negate that salvation for ourselves, because we place our faith in that which is corrupt.
Another way to be rejected from God’ plan is to be a hearer of the word, a seeker of piety in the presence of others, instead of engaging in acts of righteousness, which is a natural outcome of one who lives out his or her salvation.
We cannot take the grace of God for granted. There is but one church, the church of Christ. There is but one word of God, and it’s only found in the Bible. There exists but one gospel: that Jesus is the only way to salvation; and once we’ve embraced Him, we can live those out those righteous guidelines to live a life of happiness for ourselves and to promote the same to everyone we meet.
Embrace the word of God in its purity and live a purified life. Walk away from those who steadfastly refuse to stop mixing worldly elements and the word of man with scripture.
As you live in the light, you are in God’s plan…
Goodnight and God bless.