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The Purpose of God’s Divine Plan

• Rom 8:28‑30 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

I.  God’s Plan Does Indeed Have A Purpose.

• Nothing haphazard about God’s Plan.

We must first understand that God’s Plan really is being worked out according to His divine purpose.  There is nothing haphazard or circumstantial about God’s Plan.

• God’s Plan included Pharaoh.

For instance, when God commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and to tell him to “Let My people go!,” it was not some novel scheme that God had devised in response to the circumstances of the day.  God was not wringing His hands trying to figure out how He could get His people out from under the harsh bondage of the Egyptians.  On the contrary, God was working out His Plan all the while; and God’s purpose was even then being fulfilled.  In Exodus Nine, we hear this fact declared from God’s own lips:

• Exo 9:13‑16 (NKJV) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me, 14 “for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth. 15 “Now if I had stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, then you would have been cut off from the earth. 16 “But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

• God’s Plan included the crucifixion.

In the New Testament, we are told that even the horrible death by crucifixion of our Lord Jesus was itself a part of God’s Divine Plan.  The death of Jesus was not some alternative plan that God came up with at the last minute because He couldn’t think of some other course or direction.

• Peter’s sermon.

When Peter preached his sermon after the resurrection of Jesus, as recorded in Acts Two, he made this very clear:

• Acts 2:22‑24 (NKJV) “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know; 23 “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 “whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

Jesus was delivered to the murderers and lawless hands that crucified Him only because it was determined long beforehand that He would do so.

• God’s Plan is intricate and complete in every detail.

God’s Plan is not without a purpose.  Indeed, God’s Plan is intricate to every detail in carrying out the details of whatever God purposes.

II.  God’s Purpose Is Always Accomplished.

Another truth about the Plan of God and its intended purpose is that His purpose is always accomplished.  We must realize that what God attempts, God accomplishes.  God is not a failure.  In fact, He cannot fail.  There has never been, or never will be a day when God exclaims, “I can’t believe  I didn’t think of that!  I guess I will just have to change to Plan B because Plan A just isn’t going to work after all.”

• God makes no mistakes.

As Numbers Twenty-Three says:

• Num 23:19 (NKJV) “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

When God says something, it comes to pass.  Whatever God purposes, God will certainly accomplish.

• God’s Plan doesn’t change.

Sometimes we think that God changes His plan in midstream.  To us, it appears that God has reversed Himself and has veered away from His original intention.  The reason for this is that we are seeing things from our own limited perspective rather than God’s unlimited perspective.

• We can only see from a limited perspective.

{For instance, suppose a man is driving up the winding road toward the top of a very steep mountain.  As he travels along his intended path, his purpose is to reach the top of the mountain.  But as he travels back and forth up the winding road, he appears to a stationary bystander as someone who is confused about his destination.  To the bystander, it appears that the man is first going away from him and then later that the driver is coming back toward him.  From the perspective of the bystander, it seems that the traveler is wasting time going to and fro.  But, of course, the truth is that the driver is at all times moving upward according to his original plan.}

{From our perspective, it sometimes seems that God is indeed changeable.  We pray that someone on the verge of death will survive and God answers our prayer.  It seems to us that we have somehow changed God’s mind and therefore changed His original plan.  But what has really happened is that God has conformed us to His will through our prayer; and now our answered prayer is simply in harmony with His original plan.  Like the man traveling upward on the mountain, God may change directions as He moves according to His plan, but He never changes from His original overall plan.}

The Bible tells us in Hebrews Thirteen:

• Heb 13:8 (NKJV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Jesus does not change.  He is the same today as He was yesterday and as He will be tomorrow.  His purpose in creation can not and will not be reversed in any way.  God’s ultimate purpose is always –always–always accomplished.

III. God’s Purpose Is Plainly Taught In Scripture.

But if God has a purpose for His Divine Plan, and if that purpose must always be accomplished, what is the purpose for God’s Divine Plan?  That question can be answered in two ways.  There is both a secondary purpose and a primary purpose for God’s Divine Plan.

• SECONDARY PURPOSE:  Our eternal good.

First, let us consider the secondary purpose for God’s Divine Plan.  The secondary purpose for God’s Plan concerns us.  That is it concerns those “who love Him and are the called according to His purpose.”  The secondary purpose for God’s Plan is Our Eternal Good.

• God’s Plan provided for salvation.

In eternity past, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit knew that man would fall into sin and thus bring condemnation to his whole race.  God knew that there would be nothing whatsoever that man himself could do to save himself from this condemnation.  Yet, because of His mercy, grace, and love, and for reasons of His own, God wanted to save the elect.  Therefore, His Plan was established before the foundations of the earth in order that salvation might be offered to men.

In the course of time, you and I became believers.  As per God’s Plan, we were confronted with the claims of Christ, repented of our sin, confessed Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, received His forgiveness by partaking of His blood sacrifice, and were saved by grace through faith in Him.

• God’s Plan provides for sanctification.

Now that this part of God’s Plan has been accomplished in our life, He is working to fulfill the rest of His Plan for us.  Paul touched upon this when he said in Philippians One:

• Phil 1:3‑6 (NKJV) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Paul was here acknowledging that He who started a good work in those of us who believe will sooner or later complete that work in us.  About this, Paul says basically two things.  First, he says that he has been praying to that end.  that is, Paul has been interceding on behalf of the believers at Philippi that God would complete what He has begun in their lives and in the life of their church.  Second, Paul says that he is confident that this will indeed be done.

Notice that Paul sees no contradiction in both believing that something will happen and in yet still asking God for that very thing to happen.

In Hebrews Thirteen we read:

• Heb 13:20‑21 (NKJV) Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Here again we see that God’s purpose is not merely to see us saved, but rather to see us saved, and then to see us complete.  This process of sanctification is part of God’s Plan and, as such, it is one of the major purposes of His Plan.

God has a Divine Plan.  God’s Divine Plan has a purpose which can not be halted or defeated.  Part of the purpose of God’s Divine Plan is to provide for the eternal good of those who trust Him.

• PRIMARY PURPOSE: God’s eternal glory.

Now, let us consider the primary purpose of God’s Divine Plan.  Although God is surely working out His Divine Plan so that His children will be saved and conformed to the image of His Son, ultimately there is still a more primary purpose for God’s Divine Plan.  The ultimate and primary purpose of God’s Divine Plan is not merely to provide for our eternal good, but it is to provide for God’s own Eternal Glory!

• A wonderful thought!

What a wonderful thought this is!  When we fully comprehend what this means, we will do as the Seraphim of Isaiah Six did and fall to our knees to proclaim, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”

• A humbling thought.

It is also a humbling thing to realize that God is not some sort of heavenly bell-hop whose purpose it is to satisfy our every whim so long as we hand Him a tip now and then.  It humbles us when we realize that God had a higher purpose when He spoke the worlds into existence.  It halts us in our tracks to know that God’s Divine Plan has a greater purpose than simply to provide for the welfare and wishes of those He created.  What an eye-opening thing it is to contemplate that we were created to worship the Creator and not the other way around!

• Examples of God’s Primary Purpose.

God’s ultimate purpose and plan is to bring glory to Himself!  There are many places in God’s Word where this fact is made evident:

• Psa 19:1 (NKJV) The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

• John 11:2‑4 (NKJV) It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

• Rom 15:7 (NKJV) Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

• 1 Cor 10:31 (NKJV) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

• 2 Cor 1:20 (NKJV) For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

• 2 Cor 4:15 (NKJV) For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

• Phil 2:9‑11 (NKJV) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Ultimately, the purpose of Creation, the purpose of Calvary, and the purpose of God’s Calling is nothing short of the Eternal Glory of the Creator.

God does have a Divine Plan.  His Plan affords the greatest protection we could ever hope for.  His Plan is absolutely certain to come to pass.  And His Plan is for the ultimate purpose of His own glory.


• God has a Divine Plan.

• God’s Plan affords us His protection.

• God’s Plan has distinct purposes.

Are you an active partaker in God’s Divine Plan?  Do you know that your own sin is covered under His blood?  Have you ever come to the end of yourself and confessed your sin to God begging His forgiveness?  Have you ever placed your complete confidence and trust in Him, and Him alone, for your personal salvation?  The Bible says in Romans Ten:

• Rom 10:9‑10 (NKJV) …. that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

If you have already made such a decision, God has a plan and purpose for your life.  Do you sense right now that your life is in harmony with His purpose?  If not, you have a wonderful opportunity to confess your sin and to be reconciled with God today.  God loves you.  He desires to be close to you.  James 4:8 says:

• James 4:8 (NKJV) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double‑minded.

Today, I want to extend to you an invitation on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ.  His invitation is for you to come and publicly confess your sins.  You can be saved where you sit.  You may have been saved at home or at work; but now you have an opportunity to come forward and publicly proclaim that you are following Jesus.

The invitation is also for anyone who wants to renew his or her commitment to the Lord and His Divine Plan.  Whatever the need of your heart today, Jesus is the answer and He has a plan for the rest of your life.



The blog of the Director of Missions at the Morgan Baptist Association in North Alabama.

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