“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted
among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
I wonder if the thought ever crossed our minds as to whether God knew beforehand that Adam and Eve would choose the tree they were forbidden to eat from; and also that He had a plan for restoring mankind.
No, their sin did not take God by surprise, nor was Godâ€™s way of redemption an afterthought. God knew even before the foundation of the world and the creation of man the sad and tragic devastation sin would work in the human race. God had anticipated the Fall and was ready for it.
Before Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, the promise was made of a way of salvation for the whole human race which had been plunged into moral and spiritual ruin through sin. It was not manâ€™s way but Godâ€™s â€“ salvation through a Savior. The cross which was to bridge the chasm made by sin was set up in love in the dateless eternity of the past before it was set up in promise in Eden or in the history of Calvary.
“According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
What can these words mean but that in the counsels of the Triune God, in the eternity of the past, the awful tragedy in Eden was foreknown and that, then and there, the wondrous plan of salvation through the Sonâ€™s redemptive work was formed by which God-in-Christ should reconcile a lost, sinning race to Himself? Jesus came to bridge the chasm which sin had made between God and man. No one else and nothing else could do this. The spotless Lamb of God, the beloved Son of God, was the only Holy sacrifice that could be acceptable!
Much of the above text was taken from “Life on the Highest Plane” by Ruth Paxson, a most exciting book as I have ever read. It takes us from the beginning to the end of Godâ€™s Holy Word, the Bible. I pray this message touched your heart as it did mine.
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not
written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”