Posted by: Jonathan Stepp | April 27, 2008

The Plan of God Part 3

We’re accustomed to speaking of the plan of God as salvation from sin. But the bible says God’s plan was to make us his children. Ephesians 1:5 says:

He predestined us to be adopted as his children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.

Last year my son was bitten by a spider. The spider wasn’t poisonous but he had an allergic reaction to the bite. His face swelled up and the doctors kept him in the hospital for several days. Beth and I were happy to spend whatever time and money was needed to save him from the spider.

Wouldn’t it be strange and ridiculous if Lewis spent the rest of his life talking about how my whole plan and purpose for his existence was to save him from the spider bite? It would be really strange if people said “tell me about your Dad” and he said “he’s wonderful! He had this great plan to save me from a spider!”

The reason Beth and I brought Lewis into this world was because our love for each other overflowed out of our relationship into the creation of another whose life and existence is forever bound to ours. When his life was threatened we rescued him, but that rescue was only one part of our plan for him.

So it is with our Father in heaven. His purpose in creating us was not so that he would have some creatures to save from sin. His eternal purpose was our adoption as his children: to give us a life and existence forever bound up in the life he shares with his Son and their Spirit.

From the very beginning he planned to save us from the sin that he knew would be the result of our freedom, but that salvation is not the “why” of his creation. Why did he create us? Because his love cannot be contained. It was his good pleasure to bring children into this world and it was his faithfulness to defeat any enemy that would try to steal us away from him.

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  1. Thanks Jonathan,
    The analogy of your son and the spider was right on. It is very helpful in understanding the Father’s plan for mankind.

  2. Thanks for the feedback! I’ve used this analogy a couple of times in sermons and bible studies and it seems to resonate with people and help them think about the good news of our adoption.

  3. I, too, loved the analogy. More and more we are seeing the implications of the relational nature of the Triune God, and what it means to be created in God’s image – God has given us a wonderful window into His own nature through our own “human” relationships. Let’s dig into this more! If we EVER modeled our parent/child relationships after the false image of a far-away God who is only concerned with our righteousness, we would unleash untold misery in our families and our world. Hmmm, come to think of it, I think we have done that, far too often. Thank You, Father, for the freedom to love and be loved!

  4. Well said, Jerome! If we ever met a physical father who treated his kids the way a lot of Christian theology says our heavenly Father treats us we’d call the cops and turn the guy into social services!

  5. Great analogy, Jonathan, about the wonderfully freeing truth of who we are in Christ and who God is for us.


  6. Thanks for the encouragement!

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