On this sermon we are going to look at the plan of salvation as God’s eternal purpose for mankind.
To understand the plan of salvation God has for mankind; let us first and foremost take an example from a test drive in a driving school.
We are on a test drive in the world.
Anybody applying to work as a driver in any place of work must pass through a test drive, and as we all know, he loses the job if he fails and granted if he passes.
From this point of view, we can have a better understanding of why God sends us all down here i.e. to earth.
As Christians, we are all aiming for one common goal which is to inherit the kingdom of God, some call it paradise, heaven etc.
But then, in this kingdom; we are made to understand that God will not go through the pains of always telling us what to do and what not to.
Since we will then be living only by the means of law that brings salvation in Christianity.
‘Behold the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-“not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
“For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
“None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘ know the LORD’ for all shall know me, from the least of them to the Greatest of them.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more. In that He says “A new covenant,”.Hebrews 8:8-12.
Which goes to say that, by then we would have been expected to have passed the test; and mastered all that He requires us to do.
So that He can relax somewhere; without the fear of thinking we are going to destroy whatever he has left in our possession.
An example from a job seeker.
Now as an example, let me share with you this short story about a guy who went for an interview in a company. h
He was lucky to have passed the interview; and afterwards was directed to go and meet the manager who will tell him when to start work.
So on getting to the manager’s office, he saw him sipping beer and smoking a cigarette. And after welcoming and offering him a seat; he congratulated him for his success in the interview and his ability to have landed a job in their company.
After that he asked if he drinks and smokes, of which he answered yes; so the manager offered him a bottle of beer and cigarette.
The guy collected them; opened the beer and lighted the cigarette.
Both of them began chatting and ended up drinking five bottles each and finished the whole pack of cigarette.
Finally the manager returned his credentials to him and apologizes that he has just lost his job; since the vacant post that was waiting for him wanted someone who does not smoke and drink.
That was how the guy lost the job he almost got; because he was tempted with what he is used to doing and he couldn’t abstain from it for just that special moment.
God tempts no one.
Beloved, that is the same way most of us will lose our heavenly vacancy; after we have been finally tried by the tempter; and we absolutely have not God to blame as it is written:
Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (James 1:13-14).
The plan of salvation God has for mankind.
Therefore, we can now vividly see that God sends us all here to earth to be tested first; in order to see those that will be able to handle with care whatever will be left in their possessions.
As well as be able to obey and adhere to every instruction that will be given at any point in time, when they get to His kingdom.
Now as we can see this fact in the case of the two people he used as specimens for this great eternal purpose – Adam who disobeyed and failed.
And Jesus Christ who obeyed and passed; it is now left for us to personally choose whom to follow to determine whether we are fit for this great commission or not.
Now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.1 Timothy 1:17.
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