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Robin

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God's Plan
« on: June 28, 2008, 09:08:28 PM »

These verses throw free will out the door and show the beauty of God's plan and purpose to reveal his mysteries and save all men.

These are from the Amplified Bible translation.

Ephesians 3
 8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints (God's consecrated people), this grace (favor, privilege) was granted and graciously entrusted: to proclaim to the Gentiles the unending (boundless, fathomless, incalculable, and exhaustless) riches of Christ [wealth which no human being could have searched out],

    9Also to enlighten all men and make plain to them what is the plan [regarding the Gentiles and providing for the salvation of all men] of the mystery kept hidden through the ages and concealed until now in [the mind of] God Who created all things by Christ Jesus.

    10[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.
   
11This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He has realized and carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord,

12In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).


1 Peter 1
    12It was then disclosed to them that the services they were rendering were not meant for themselves and their period of time, but for you. [It is these very] things which have now already been made known plainly to you by those who preached the good news (the Gospel) to you by the [same] Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Into these things [the very] angels long to look!

1 Cor. 4:9
9For it seems to me that God has made an exhibit of us apostles, exposing us to view last [of all, like men in a triumphal procession who are] sentenced to death [and displayed at the end of the line]. For we have become a spectacle to the world [a show in the world's amphitheater] with both men and angels [as spectators].


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Re: God's Plan
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008, 01:29:51 AM »

That's powerful stuff.  Verse 10 really leaped out at me..."the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects."

"For we have become a spectacle to the world [a show in the world's amphitheater] with both men and angels [as spectators]."

Now THAT'S a show worth seeing!

Thanks.
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Heb 10:32  But you must continue to remember those earlier days, how after you were enlightened you endured a hard and painful struggle.
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