More Than We Can Imagine
What do the following verse excerpts have in common? Ephesians 3.20 (ESV): “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think”; 1 Corinthians 2.9: “‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’” (Paul’s paraphrase of Isaiah 64.4); Jeremiah 32.17: “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you”; and Psalm 8.3-4: ”When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Jesus summarized these in Matthew 19.26: “‘with God, all things are possible.’”
A. Has God changed?
- Paul did not think so, as he expresses in Hebrews 13.8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” ‘Jesus’ is the ‘anointed’ name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28.19; John 17.12; Philippians 2.9-11).
- Moses understood this and writes in Numbers 23.19: “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Moses understood mankind, didn’t he?
- James (17) writes: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
- God, even, says about Himself, “‘For I the Lord do not change’” (Malachi 3.6a).
B. But, does God’s ‘call’ or purpose for each person change?
- Does Paul express a general principle for all mankind or only focused upon God’s mercy for the Jews in his doctrinal statement in Romans 11.29: “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”? Do the following verses explain the importance of Paul’s understanding?
- John the Baptist makes a similar statement in John 3.27: “‘A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.’” How does this illustrate Paul’s description of Jesus and mankind in Philippians 2.7-8?
- God assured Jeremiah (1.5) about His call: “‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’”
- Soren Kierkegaard explains our growth through increasing responsibilities into God’s purpose: “Life is lived forward, but understood backward.”
C. Will we have the same ‘call’ or purpose in the New Earth?
- Contrary to a popular misconception, Heaven will not be like retirement.
- Did God reveal this in Genesis 1.26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth’”?
- How was ‘dominion’ interrupted by Adam’s and Eve’s sin of disobeying God (Genesis 3.6)? who took ‘dominion’ of them?
- So, with sin and satan no longer a limitation (Revelation 20.10, 12-15; 21.8; 22.15), will the Bride of Christ finally be able to ‘take dominion’ on the New Earth (the Old Earth renewed by the removal of the effects of satan’s deceptions; Romans 8.19-23) and complete the assignment given to Adam and Eve and their progeny (us)?
D. If ‘dominion’ means continual learning and improvement on the New Earth, what will be future of…
- jobs like medicine, accounting, engineering, and the building trades?
- educational institutions and technical training?
- law enforcement and the military and the courts?
- Bible teaching and pastoral duties?
- For what known or unknown eternal purposes, then, will these persons advance?
Lots of questions but no worries, because the Groom will take good care of His Bride! 1 Thessalonians 4.18:”Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
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