The Overall Plan

Have you ever wondered what the overall plan of the universe is?  Well, I have, and I have come to the following conclusions, for what it's worth:

1.  There is a God, and He is knowable because He is able to interact with the biggest of big things, and the smallest of small things, since He created all things, visible and invisible.

2.  His plan for creation is all beings might know Him, from the least to the greatest, and that we might live in communion with Him for eternity.

3.  God really is Love, but He is also a Consuming Fire.  He loves righteousness, and He hates 'iniquity', which is 'lawlessness', which is 'lovelessness'.  I deduce this from the fact that He has given only two laws:  A. Love Him with all one's heart and soul and mind and strength, and B. Love one another equally.

4.  God grades us on a pass/fail basis, not on a curse.  We all assume that He grades on a curse, but He does not.  That would allow us to look down on some, but pass/fail does not allow that luxury.

5.  One major factor of His love for creation is that He gives us free will, and He respects our free will.  As a result, He is often criticized for not doing what we expect God to do, but the fact is that He waits for us to call upon Him.  "Whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved".  "If we seek Him with our whole heart we will find Him."

6.  We all have a call on our lives.  That call is an upward call from God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is always upward, without plateaus, but we tend to want plateaus of comfort where we can settle and live for ourselves rather than for Him.  This is an indication of a condition called 'sin' in our lives, which consists of 'missing the mark, and must be remedied by one being born again of the Spirit of God rather than of the 'flesh' - which is the nominal nature of mankind which is separated and independent from God.

7.  God has made every provision for His creation to be reconciled with Him, but He waits for those who want to be reconciled to come to Him for reconciliation.  He usually chooses at least one person in each generation to being that calling process, and trusts that person and whoever else responds to Him to continue the invitation to be reconciled with God.  God is looking for a combination of His calling to each person, and the response of a called person to Him.  Once He finds that combination He nurtures the reconciliation process.

8. Eventually there will be a new heaven and a new earth, in which dwells righteousness, and no unrighteousness.  In essence all of creation will be 'born again'!!  Or at least all of repentant creation will be born again.

9.  In the meantime those who are responding to God's calling, and those who are rejecting God's calling are stuck together with each other.  Eventually God will separate the righteous from the unrighteous, or as the Scriptures say, 'He will separate the sheep from the goats'.

10. There has been a lot of controversy about whether people have a freedom to choose God, or whether some are 'chosen' and 'called' and others are not.  I believe that God has chosen to call everyone, but has left us free to chose to respond toward Him or to continue our own paths.  So, all are 'chosen', but all are free to choose.  'Many are called, but few are chosen.'

11.  Whether there is only one final separation of 'the sheep' from 'the goats' is unknown to me, but I suspect that there are a series of refining processes by which people are brought into circumstances which require them to choose to go onward and upward with God, or to stop the upward trek in a comfort zone of their choice.  The refining process is known as 'sanctification', meaning 'making holy'.  Each step in this process involves dying to self and being transformed to live more for God.  The grace to do so is supplied by Jesus Christ, Who died for all and rose again that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for God.

12.  Failure to pursue the upward call of God through Christ Jesus is disobedience toward God and rebellion against Him, Who wants the best for us as we want the best for Him and the rest of His creation.  It is an indication of lack of love for one to refuse or discontinue the upward call of God.

I hope that my thoughts on this ultimate subject will give you food for thought as well, dear reader!