GOD’S PLAN OR PURPOSE
Isaiah 46:10 “Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure”
God’s Plan for all of humanity is and always has been Redemption through His Son Jesus Christ. We can see this in God’s Holy Word, starting in Genesis and progressing straight through to Revelation.
In 2 Corinthians 6:16 we can see that God wants to dwell in our midst. We know that Christ in us is really the hope of glory (cf. Colossians 1:27) and there is a relationship that is established. That is what God has always wanted—to live, to abide, and to dwell in us.
2 Corinthians 6:16 “What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Colossians 1:27 “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
In Genesis 3:15 He (Christ) is the seed of the woman.
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed: He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. (Genesis 3:15)
In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb.
Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house. (Exodus 12:3, KJV)
In Leviticus He is the atoning sacrifice.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)
In Numbers He is the smitten rock.
In Numbers 20:9-11 He says, “Take the rod, gather the assembly together, thou and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes and it shall be to you his word. And you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock so that you shall give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses lifted up his hand and with his rod smote the rock twice and the water came out abundantly and the congregation drank and their beasts also.”
In Deuteronomy Jesus is the faithful prophet.
Deuteronomy 18:18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”
In Joshua, Christ is the captain of the Lord’s host. He is the Saviour.
Joshua 5:15 “And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”
In Judges He is the divine deliverer.
And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. (Judges 2:18)
In the book of Ruth, He is the kinsman redeemer.
And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. (Ruth 3:12)
In 1 Samuel He is the anointed one, the Messiah.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. (1 Samuel 2:10)
In 2 Samuel He is the son of David.
David did commit iniquity and God did chasten him. But David was a picture of a greater one than himself, the Son of David who will rule and reign for God. “I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men.” (2 Samuel 7:14)
In Kings Solomon came along and glorified the nation. It was a beautiful picture as he built the temple for the Lord.
In Chronicles He is the builder of the temple.
In Ezra He is the restorer of the temple according to all that God had commanded.
In Nehemiah He reconstructs the whole nation.
In Esther He is our advocate because He preserves the nation. “Deliverance would have arisen from another place” (Esther 4:14).
In Job He is the living Redeemer. “I know my Redeemer lives and I shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” Job 19:25
In the Psalms, He is the praise of Israel. He is the worship, He is the communion—Christ is all. “And let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).
In Proverbs He is the wisdom of God. “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old” (Proverbs 8:22).
In Ecclesiastes He is the great teacher. “The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.”(Ecclesiastes 12:11)
In the Song of Solomon the poetry speaks of “the fairest of ten thousand.” It says, “My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10). The true lover of our soul is Jesus Christ.
In Isaiah He is the suffering servant
In Jeremiah He is the new covenant. The only surety for the new covenant is Christ.
In Lamentations He is the Man of sorrows and He is acquainted with grief. “Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him; Let him put his mouth in the dust– there may yet be hope. Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach. “(Lamentations 3:28–30)
In Ezekiel you see the glory of God.
In Daniel the coming of the Messiah was promised. Christ is the stone who is cut out without hands. He comes and smites the whole earth.
In Hosea we see Him depicted as the lover of the unfaithful. “Then said the LORD unto me, “Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.” (Hosea 3:1)
In Joel He becomes the hope of Israel in the last days.
In Amos He is the husbandman. He is the vinedresser; Jesus put it in the parable. “My Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1). And in Amos He is the husband who brings them back.
In Obadiah He is the Saviour.
In Jonah He is the resurrected one.
In Micah Christ is the ruler of Israel.
In Nahum He is the avenger.
In Habakkuk He is the holy God.
In Zephaniah He is the King of Israel, Israel’s future restoration promised
In Haggai He is the desire of all nations
In Zechariah He is the righteous branch, King and High Priest
In Malachi, “He is the Sun of righteousness rising with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2)
In Matthew Jesus is the King of the Jews.
In Mark He is the Servant of the Lord.
In Luke He is the Son of Man, the perfect man.
In John He is the Son of God.
In Acts He is the ascended Lord and He is ruling over the church.
In Romans He is the righteousness of God. He is our righteousness.
In 1 Corinthians He is our sanctification.
In 2 Corinthians He is all of our sufficiency.
In Galatians He is our liberty because Christ set us free.
In Ephesians 1 He is the exalted head of the church and He is holding all the joints and bands together forming the church; that is His work.
In Philippians He is our joy.
In Colossians He is the fullness of deity, the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form.
In 1 Thessalonians He is our comfort because He is coming again.
In 2 Thessalonians He is our glory because we are to be manifesting His glory and He causes that to happen.
In 1 Timothy He is our preserver.
In 2 Timothy He is our rewarder.
In Titus He is our blessed hope.
In Philemon He is our substitute.
In Hebrews He is our high priest.
In James He is our wisdom.
In 1 Peter He is the cornerstone. He is the rock.
In 2 Peter He is the precious promise by which we actually become partakers of the very divine nature of God through faith in His promise.
In 1 John He is our life.
In 2 John He is our truth.
In 3 John He is our way.
In Jude He is our advocate.
And in Revelation He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.