Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Do you suppose that God was surprised when Adam sinned?  Could He have been disappointed?  The answer to both questions is a resounding NO!  God is Omniscient!  Isaiah wrote of God's knowledge, "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure" (Isa. 46:10).  Many verses speak of God's foreknowledge of events (Acts 2:23; Rom. 8:29; 11:2; 1 Pet. 1:2; etc.), and there are two verses which speak of the Book of Life being written before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8; 17:8). But the most telling of all verses on this subject is found in 2 Peter 1:2-4, which says,
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
God's declaration to make mankind in the image and likeness of Himself, did not happen on day six of creation, but it will happen!  We who believe in Him and His Son Jesus, will be transformed into His image and likeness.  The Apostle John wrote:  "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (1 Jn. 3:2).  Notice his words, "not yet" and "shall be!  God, knowing the end from the beginning, did not just mean a single man and his wife when He said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1:26).  He meant mankind!  And that will finally occur when believers look upon the face of the One who was willing to make God's plan a genuine possibility!  AND, He has taken the responsibility for making it happen (Phil. 1:6)!
We are still like Adam, but thanks to Jesus, we don't have to stay like him!  

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