πŸ‘‘ God’s Eternal Purpose From The Beginning

Have you ever considered carefully the opening words of the Bible?Β β€œIn the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Why doesn’t it simply say that God created the Universe? Why theΒ heavenΒ and theΒ earth?

As we go on reading we find the answer to this question, for the Bible clearly teaches that God has aΒ two-foldΒ purpose; one having to do with the earth and the other with heaven. The former is the subject of prophecy, while the latter is the subject of the β€œmystery”, or secret, revealed to and through St. Paul. (See ActsΒ 3:21; and cf. RomansΒ 16:25). The former concerns Israel and the nations; the latter β€œthe Body of Christ”, the Church of the heavenly calling.

Some people are surprised to learn that there is not one promise in the whole Old Testament about going to heaven. There the whole outlook is earthly, with Messiah reigning as King (Jer. 23:5; et al). When our Lord appeared in the flesh the angels cried:Β β€œPeace on earth” (LukeΒ 2:14). He Himself said that β€œthe meek” shall β€œinheritΒ the earth” (Matt. 5:5). He taught His disciples to pray: β€œThy will be doneΒ in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt.Β 6:10).

Even at Pentecost Peter declared that after β€œthe restitution of all things” God would send Jesus back to earth and the times of refreshing would β€œcome fromΒ the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19-21).

Not until the raising up of Paul do we learn that now all believers in Christ are β€œbaptized into one body” (I Cor.Β 12:13), and Colossians 1:5 and many otherΒ PaulineΒ passages, speak ofΒ β€œthe hope which is laid up for you IN HEAVEN”. Indeed, before God, believers are already given a positionΒ β€œin heavenly places” and are β€œblessed with all spiritual blessingsΒ IN [THE] HEAVENLIESΒ in Christ” (Eph. 1:3; 2:4-7). source

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