The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: God’s eternal plan

I Peter 1:18-21

This great plan of redemption that Peter is talking about was in no sense God’s ‘Plan B’ (as if He had been taken by surprise by mankind’s rebellion). God knew that we would need a Redeemer even before He had created us, and He planned and prepared the remedy for our sins even before the first sin had been committed. This eternal plan was worked out in time and space when Jesus was born, lived and died two thousand years ago (Hebrews 9:26). His life was thus the focal point of history.

Ever since then, we have been living in ‘the last times’. Ever since then, it has been possible for sinful people to trust God through Jesus Christ. His resurrection confirms the sufficiency of the ransom price. It gives us concrete assurance that our sins are forgiven and that God will accept all those who put their trust in Jesus.

So instead of a meaningless, self-centred existence, we can have an eternal relationship with God. Instead of meandering aimlessly through life, we are heading purposefully towards the full realisation of the Kingdom of God that is still to come.

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