Where are we at in the Trajectory of God's Purposes?


Just like God did not create the world for Adam. He also did not create the world for Israel. Nor did he create the world for us. He created us and everyone and everything ever for his glory! God created Adam to spread God’s glory and image to the world: Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in our image, after our likeness. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion (Genesis 1:26, 28) God created Adam for the world. God also ultimately created Israel so that his glory would be seen in the world as well. “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself

that they might declare my praise. (Isaiah 43:7, 20-21) May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. (Psalm 67:1-2) God created Israel for the sake of the world. God’s word of command/blessing to fill the earth given both to Adam, (who failed and then in the midst of judgment was shown mercy through a promise, so that God’s plan of having a people for himself who would keep going forward) and Noah, (who found grace in the midst of judgment as well) was not fulfilled when God dispersed the people in the account of the tower of Babel. No the people went into the world in Genesis 11 because of God’s judgement, not because of joyous surrender and glad submission to his mandate. Likewise, in somewhat a similar fashion, God’s word of blessing/command to Abraham of having a people, of having the land, and of being an instrument of blessing to all nations was not fulfilled when they reached the promised land in the book of Joshua either. Now the Lord said[a] to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3) Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. (Genesis 17:3-4) God’s goal is to have his glory and image to be spread into the whole world, that has been his goal from day 1. And the only reason any person, or group of people have found favor in God’s eyes is so that his purpose would keep going forward. God will have a people and his glory will cover the earth (Habakuk 2:14). His people will shout and sing his praises, from every corner, and every crevice of the earth, from every tribe, tongue and nation (Revelation 5:9). And so we keep reading the Old Testament with this thought in mind. Adam failed, Israel failed, and everyone in between or after has failed but someone is going to come. Someone is going to be an instrument of blessing to the world, so that all of the world redound with the glory of God. Who is that going to be? My friends I think you know. We live on this side of the cross. We live on this side of the resurrection. We live on this side of the Holy Spirit. His name is Jesus. Through him all the world will be blessed (Galatians 3:16, John 3:16). He is the last Adam, the offspring of Abraham, the better Moses, the heir of the throne of David. “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:29-36) The suffering servant, the messiah (spirit anointed) king, laid down his life for our sins, and in so doing, disarmed all the rulers and authorities of this world. He defeated death and hell and Satan. He rose from the grave, he ascended back to heaven and is now ruling from the right hand of God the Father — and he now sends us, his servants into the world, on mission, the original mission, yet now we have power to do it, power because of complete forgiveness we have received from him, but also power of him working and living in us through the Holy Spirit. The mission has been given to us, to spread his image, by calling people to to come to God through the good news of what Jesus has done for all who will lay down their rebellion and out of glad submission surrender to him. This is where we are at right now. This is the part of the story we find ourselves. One day it will be consummated. One day what Jesus accomplished at the cross will be a full reality, and God’s glory will cover the whole earth. This will not be an ultimate, and full and final reality until Jesus returns and sin and death, and all of God’s enemies will be put away forever in final judgement. But until then, the Servant King Jesus has commissioned all who call upon him as Lord, to go as we go, being his ambassadors, servants under the servant king, calling people to repentance, to escape the judgment, and enter into a reconciling relationship with the Great Sovereign Eternal Ruler - Yahweh - the Covenant Keeping King, who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but who will by no means clear the guilty. We either stand before God by ourselves, in our own merit, guilty before a holy God, or we stand before him, covered in the righteousness of Christ, because of what Christ did for us. These are our two options. This is the message we have for the world. Lay down your arms and surrender to Christ, or prepare to meet thy God. For now, God is gracious, and slow to anger, passing over sins if you will, but one day, the hammer will drop - and time will be no more. God will have gathered all those he has been pleased to gather - and full and final judgment will come upon all those who have spurned his glory, who have spurned the very one who gives them breath to breath, and use that breath to break his law every day. We have one hope, to be in Christ, judgment is coming. We have one hope, that his glory will fill the earth, and it will happen, because he is a covenant keeping God. He didn’t first and foremost create the world for us. He first and foremost created the world for himself, and then he created us for the world to fill it with his glory and praise his holy name. Let’s long for that day when everything is made right, and put the way it is supposed to, and then strive with all our might by the grace that God works in us to be instruments towards that end. We will not be disappointed: “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:19-25)