The WHY of SALVATION – The Eternal Significance of Man
I personally have never heard a sermon on this subject. Whether in a church or on a tape, nor have I ever read it in a book. Therefore it is way past due… the subject, not the book.
Why did God set up salvation -- the only way to Heaven -- in the manner that He did?
Now once you start to look at salvation, from the aspect as to why God set it up this way. You then begin to see the creation of heaven and earth, the angels and Lucifer/Satan, as well as sin and free-will in a discernibly clearer light!
The Apostle Paul stated in his letter to the Ephesians…
What we are now going to look into, is this “mystery” that Paul is referring to in verse 9. Which is being viewed by, “the principalities and powers in heavenly places” in verse 10 (these are the angels of God). To see “the eternal purpose” of God’s plan, verse 11.
For us to begin to understand this mystery we must go back in time, to before “the beginning”. To before the very 1st verse of the Bible, in the book of Genesis. [This has nothing to do with any ‘Gap theories’]
But before we can go back in time, we need to establish a certain fact. That fact being; how many heavens there are…
By this verse we establish the Biblical fact that there are: 3-heavens.
Paul has obviously numbered them according to the order in which he passed through them. From here (1st heaven) to where he ended up (3rd Heaven).
The 1st heaven; that Paul is referring to here, is visible outside by day. It extends from the surface of the Earth to the border of our upper atmosphere.
The 2nd heaven; that Paul is referring to here, is visible outside by night. It extends from the border of Earth’s upper atmosphere to the border of the universe.
The 3rd Heaven; that Paul is referring to here, is visible only by faith in the Bible. It is an expanse that goes on for infinity in all directions outside the border of the universe in which we live. God’s “Home” is this: 3rd Heaven.
Having established that there are 3-heavens and described them, let us go to the book of Genesis to further our understanding of this fact.
Here we have the 2nd heaven we described previously, being created on the 1st day of Creation in the very first verse of the Bible.
Here we have the 1st heaven we described previously, being created on the 2nd day of Creation.
Now at this point we have to make a choice. Did the 3rd Heaven as Paul described it, already exist or did God create it later?
There is nothing recorded in the Bible about God creating it later.
Therefore it is logical and to me self-evident, that the 3rd Heaven (where God lives) was pre-existent prior to Genesis 1:1. In fact I firmly believe that God -- cut an enclosed multi-dimensional expanse into His pre-existent, infinite Heaven -- at Genesis 1:1.
It is also logical and to me self-evident that Lucifer -- whose name was later changed to Satan -- and the angels along with other heavenly “things”, were created by God prior to the 6-day Creation described in Genesis chapter 1.
So…prior to the 1st verse of Genesis there already was; 1-infinite Heaven, the Trinity of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), Lucifer, the angels, and other Heavenly beings and things.
Then what happened?!
At some point in Eternity past…
Lucifer, being lifted up with pride because of his beauty and wisdom, decided that he was going to take the Trinity down, ascend God’s Throne and rule Heaven himself - as we will see in verses we will quote a little later. He concluded that God’s gifts were more important than God. That dependence upon and obedience to God’s revealed will, were not necessary!!
Lucifer went about this dastardly deed by negotiating with the angels and planning a mutiny.
Let us step back for a moment, to view God and Heaven at that point from the angel’s perspective.
All that the angels had known (up to this time) was one-side of everything. They only knew the beauty and wonderment of God - the loving, the caring and concern, the fulfillment of all things.
In other words, they only knew the good-side of God.
The angels did not know the justice and judgment side, and the harsh reality - which that brings. Why? Because there had never been any sin and its resultant wickedness, ever introduced into this infinite Heaven. Only loving, caring, beauty, contentment, etc.
So since the angelic beings did not experientially understand horrid wickedness, they did not know what God was protecting them from nor the awesome power and extreme measures God would have to utilize to eradicate sin and the destruction it leaves in its wake.
THIS…was the angelic beings time of decision !!
Do they love their God and Creator, and take their stand with Him?
Or…do they turn against Him and mutiny? Deluding themselves into believing that they are self-sufficient and that Lucifer can maintain their wants and needs, along with the whole structure of everything!?
God gives every intelligent being that he creates -- whether man or angel -- the free will to make choices.
God did not want to program His creations to love Him, as one would a computerized toy - who would?! God wants His creations to make a conscious, from the heart decision to love Him, and to get with the program.
Remember, as we found in Genesis chapter 1, God created 2-heavens, an earth and all that was in them; in 6-24 hour days and rested on the seventh day. So just imagine the awe-inspiring majesty of God’s infinite Heaven!!
…Well the moment had finally arrived, the day that Lucifer had chosen for to mutiny!
Now let us pull over and put it into park for a minute. Question; is there time or a method of marking time in Eternity? Near everyone I have ever heard, states the answer to that question is: No, there is not such a thing as time in Eternity.
Well, their bible college professors failed them again. Turn to the book of Revelation, the very last chapter.
Having established that there is a method of time in Eternity, let us move on.
On this day of mutiny, Lucifer and one-third of the angel beings in Heaven -- mistaking God’s loving kindness for weakness -- arrayed themselves in full rebellion against their Creator.
The faithful two-thirds firmly aligned themselves at the side of their Creator and God.
But God ordered the trustworthy ones to stand back, and see the Power of God!! Then God took Lucifer, and in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ…
We find more detail in the book of Isaiah…
And what about those rebel angels…
At this moment that they were kicked out of the 3rd Heaven; Lucifer’s name was changed to Satan and these fallen angels became what we call: devils, demons, evil spirits, fallen angels – take your pick.
So you may ask, how do we know that two-thirds of the angelic beings chose God to be their Lord, and that one-third rejected God to be their Lord?
Can “the third part of the stars of heaven” be a metaphor referring to angels?
The King James Bible will define itself, if you study it.
Therefore, having established and brought together some of the facts and circumstances surrounding the angelic beings, Heaven and the choice they had to make.
Let us now establish and bring together some of the facts and circumstances surrounding human beings, the Earth and WHY we have to make the choice we have to make.
I am now going to speculate as to the exact order of these events, because the Bible does not give us the exact order.
At any rate, Lucifer having schemed up his plan for mutiny, made a conscious decision to implement it.
At the approximate time he began his recruitment efforts, I believe the Trinity of God decided to move on Their plan.
It was at this point in Eternity Past, that Jesus Christ cut -- an enclosed multi-dimensional expanse into His pre-existent, infinite Heaven -- to start the beginning of the universe, as we know it – Genesis 1:1.
Then, turning to the book of John chapter 1, we find…
Notice the word “was”. Was - is past tense, or means previous to. So the important point that we want to deduce from what this verse is stating here is this; In the beginning “the Word” already was… that “the Word” was previous to the beginning.
Now let us go back and look at the first 3-verses…
My reason for going over these verses in the book of John is to establish the fact that;
And this verse, from Psalm 90:2 - "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."
As stated previously, Genesis 1:1 is the beginning of this Universe and this Earth. The beginning day they were created, approximately 6,000 years ago.
I am very aware that John 1:1 is one of the verses that “Gap Theorists” twist to supposedly prove their point. But it is a fact that - the “Gap Theory” and its pre-Adamic men scenario with its harmonization with Geological Evolution, is Esoteric Christianity based upon the “Secret Doctrine” of the Babylonian Mystery Religions from the days of Nimrod!!
For more information about this, read our article entitled: Gap Hypothesis.
Now back to; the implementation of plans …
So to coordinate Lucifer’s plan and the Trinity’s plan, is in keeping consistent with the known fact that God is ALWAYS a step or more ahead of anything and everything. Or, to state it another way…Has it ever occurred to you, that nothing has EVER occurred to God?!
Therefore, God knew of Lucifer’s plan. He knew the culmination of this plan. God also knew He would have to do something with Lucifer and his defiant followers. So God as is His ways, took ALL temporal and eternal aspects into consideration.
This is the stage, or relevant point in God’s eternal plan where our Universe comes into it, this Earth comes into it, and us human beings come in – the eternal significance of man and his destiny!
At Genesis 1:1 - God is setting up a scenario where in God, can exhibit before His loyal angels -- who kept their first estate -- by choosing God to be their Lord …What sin is, what sin does, how sin multiplies. Also, sin’s causes and effects as well as the extremes to which sin can go.
All of God’s infinite Heaven will learn; the consequences of sin. The power that it has to torture, maim, kill and/or destroy. Besides the severe horrors of war and murder, there are babies that are cooked and eaten or burned as sacrifices. Children and adults are tortured, raped, beaten, dismembered, poisoned, etc. These are some of sins ultimate catastrophies.
There is no love, no beauty, no kindness, no caring, and no comfort in sin. Sin perverts these things, twists these things and sometimes uses these things to draw one into sin or to draw one deeper into sin.
Sin ultimately ends up in hatred, misery and utter despair.
Many times have I heard the statements, “God calls sin, sin - because its fun” or “If its fun, it must be sin”.
I myself had made these statements several times, before I was Born-Again.
But, the real reason God calls sin, sin is because… God knows that somewhere down the line, somebody is going to get hurt. That it will eventually lead to variable degrees of the abhorrent ugliness we just previously discussed.
Sin is also; the defiance of God’s laws. We must remember, this is - His Universe! He is - the Creator! Therefore: He has the right to make the laws and the rules. It is His sovereign prerogative.
For without this Biblical God; you, I, no-one and nothing could or would exist…
The angels NEVER knew sin or what it was about, prior to the creation of this Earth and its two heavens! But now they are to see it: FULL-BLOWN!!
So as Lucifer is making the rounds throughout God’s Heaven, recruiting his armies and drawing up plans. The Trinity of God -- Jesus Christ in particular -- embarks upon the six-day Creation as stated in Genesis chapter 1, approximately 6,000 years ago.
At the end of those 6-days, man and all else had been created. So on the 7th-day God rested. For in this enclosed multi-dimensional expanse that we call our Universe; all was well and good!
At some point, before the day of mutiny - Lucifer made a visit for a look see…
Then… at some point after this… the day of mutiny came.
God (Jesus Christ) met Lucifer/Satan head on with raw power! But instead of destroying him and his deviant mutants, God cast them out of His infinite Heaven (the 3rd heaven as described by the Apostle Paul) into the 2nd heaven. So this incident had to have happened AFTER, the 1st and 2nd chapters in the book of Genesis.
Then at some point after this, Satan came into the Garden of Eden and entered into a serpent creature (Genesis chapter 3). This serpent creature at this point in time had legs, probably 4.
Genesis chapter 3 contains the rest of this historical moment where Satan beguiles Eve at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Here is where Eve (and Adam with her), eat of the forbidden fruit and thereby we have the fall of the human race into sin.
An interesting little side note to this, is when God takes the serpent and converts it into a snake. I have read a couple of times where evolutionists claim that in the evolution of the snake, that it lost its legs. That by inspecting a snake’s vertebra, it can be determined where legs were once attached.
At any rate, from the 1st-day of Creation to the day that sin entered into this world, was approximately 125-130 years.
How do we come up with this estimate?
But, after sin entered into this world by way of Adam and Eve - the Word of God then states…
We see in this verse that Seth was born in the likeness and image of Adam. Also remember that Cain, Abel and however many others were born before Seth. Therefore -- as recorded historically in the Holy Bible -- Seth was the 1st born AFTER the fall of mankind, when Adam was 130 years old.
No longer were men born in the image and likeness of God. From the fall of mankind… even till today, men are born in the likeness and image of Adam.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit, they were changed - bodily. In the image and likeness of God they were no more. And the Bible factually designates Seth, as the 1st-born after the fall.
For more information about this ‘change’, read our article entitled: Just WHO are these giants in Genesis 6:4?!
At that point on; all eyes in the 3rd-Heaven are locked on this “soap-opera” which is being played out upon this Earth...
God could not allow sin to play itself out in His infinite Heaven, so He made this enclosed Universe. He kicked Lucifer/Satan out of His Heaven, into this Universe. God created the Earth and placed man upon it, to allow all the scenarios of sin to play out and to expose sin for what it is all about.
In reality there is truth to the cliché; “All the world is a stage, and we are but players upon it” (or something to that effect).
God could have destroyed Lucifer/Satan and his demonic angels in an instant, in the Lake of Fire – Matthew 25:41. But God in His infinite wisdom decided that it would be best for the angels who stayed with Him and chose Him to be their Lord, to get a glimpse of what Heaven would have been like with Lucifer/Satan in charge… and in control.
Now without going thru the Bible, with all of its covenants and scripts that have been imposed on this stage and its myriad of players. I just ask you to think… look around… and remember.
Beginning with yourself - consider the effects of sin, misery and evil. In and around your life, in and around others you know or have heard about.
In recent history - contemplate Stalin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, the United Nations. Get the picture?
God KNEW -- that if, He would have created new angels to replace the ones who refused Him to be their Lord -- that eventually… He would have another mutiny in His Heaven, with another upstart who would want to take over!
Therefore…God has made this Earth to be His proving ground, His testing ground.
For any and all who are to reside with Him in Eternity Future…
Notice again the correlation with time, in Eternity Future. “That in the ages to come” – these ages are epochs of vast amounts of time, for which God has tremendous plans and extravagant wonders!
But the arena, where eternal decisions of destiny are going to be made…
To repent and choose from your heart, the Trinity of God to be your Lord
To reject, the Trinity of God…
God has decreed this decision to be made in this encapsulated and confined Universe, NOT in His magnificently resplendent Heaven!
Let us now make a quick review…
In the infinite Heaven of the Trinity of God are created Lucifer and an innumerable assortment of angels, etc.
God cuts into His infinite Heaven, an enclosed multi-dimensional expanse (our Universe), creating 2-heavens, 1-Earth and man, etc.
Lucifer and one-third of the angels mutiny against God Almighty. God justifiably casts them out of His Heaven (3rd Heaven) into this Universe (2nd Heaven). God promptly changes Lucifer to Satan, and the angels to demons.
God had made Adam and Eve; king and queen of all the Earth, the 1st-heaven and the owners there of. Satan and his demons could not have access to this Earth and 1st-heaven – unless Satan could wrest it permissibly from Adam.
Satan wrested it, by a strategy of enticement from Adam in the Garden of Eden. God changed Adam and Eve from “sons of God” (Luke 3:38) to “sons of man”. From Seth then on, all mankind was depraved and owned by Satan.
Lucifer/Satan at that point in history became, “the god of this world” – II Corinthians 4: 4 and “the prince of the power of the air (1st heaven)” – Ephesians 2: 2
Jesus Christ who had created this Earth – GAVE it to Adam. Satan then wrested it from Adam. Therefore: the Earth became rightfully - Satan’s.
Jesus Christ could not just TAKE the Earth back, as many have supposed. Because since the Earth now legally belonged to Satan… for God (Jesus Christ) just to TAKE the Earth from Satan, would be stealing. Since Christ Jesus is God, He is Holy and cannot sin. So, Lord Jesus Christ had to righteously and legally take the Earth from Satan.
Therefore, Jesus had to come to this Earth in Adam’s fallen form (son of man), live a perfect-sinless life (to make restoration to 'sons of God' possible), be killed as a sacrifice (to take ownership of the Earth) and shed His Blood to redeem mankind (for payment of the sins we have commited).
When God the Father resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead, 3-days and 3-nights after He was crucified and entombed. Jesus Christ’s body went from being in the likeness and image of Adam, back to Adam’s original created form; in the image and likeness of God (son of God).
This “gift of God” is offered to all on this Earth. It is entrance into The Trinity’s infinite and majestic Heaven for all Eternity!!
To accept God’s Free Gift, you need to;
Repent – from your heart, you need to tell God that you are very sorry for having sinned against Him…
Then – ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart, to be your Lord and Savior…
Having -- from your heart -- made the definite decision that Lord Jesus Christ is now to be your Lord…
When we are resurrected, as Jesus was resurrected… on our way into God’s
wondrous and infinite Heaven, our bodies will be changed into perfection…
But for now, at the moment you are Born-Again; Jesus Christ baptizes you in the Holy Spirit…
At that point you have all of the Holy Spirit you are ever going to get…but, the Holy Spirit does not have all of you!! You must now allow the Holy Spirit’s influence to continually grow in your life… day by day, month after month, year unto year!
Lord Jesus Christ also offers you…
So, how can you know these things for sure?
But a word of warning is issued, very directly and strongly, by Jesus Christ himself…
So now, we understand salvation and WHY God went about it in the way that He did!