God has a plan for his creation which he will certainly accomplish. It is carried out through the control of circumstances and his choice and use of people, and above all in the life, death, resurrection and second coming of Jesus Christ.
It cannot be thwarted by evil powersRev 17:17See also1Sa 16:14 The implication is that evil is subject to God’s control and operates within the determined limits of his sovereign purpose; Job 1:12; Job 2:6; 2Co 12:7
It is fulfilled through his choice of individualsEph 1:11God’s choice of individuals does not invalidate their free will to do or not to do anything, nor remove their answerability to God for their actions. See alsoGe 18:19; Ro 11:5; 1Co 1:1; Eph 1:4-5; 2Th 2:13
It is God’s purpose to redeem the world through the crossMt 26:18,45 Jesus Christ often speaks of his appointed “hour”. In John’s Gospel in particular his “hour” refers to the cross. Jesus Christ refuses to allow anything except the cross to be the climax of his ministry (Jn 12:27). pp Mk 14:41; Jn 7:6-8; Jn 12:23; Jn 13:1; Jn 17:1
Specific aspects of God’s purpose in salvation2Co 5:5 knowing heavenly life; Ro 8:29 being conformed to Jesus Christ; Eph 1:4 being holy and blameless; Eph 2:15 becoming unified; Eph 3:10-11 that the wisdom of God be revealed
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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