Many people spend their lives trying to find themselves. They are seeking a purpose for their existence. Others don't even know if they have a purpose. But as Christians, we know that we were created with design and purpose. And while the details of our lives may be hidden for a while, we can and do know what the big picture looks like.
It has been said that we were created for God's pleasure. Others have said it is our sole purpose to glorify God. Some may say that we are here to know God. Others may claim that we exist in order to serve God. Some say we exist for God to show His love toward us. Many say that God created us in order to save us. These are all true on various levels.
Strangely enough, there are a few who believe that God created some people to be saved and others to be damned. There are passages in the Bible that can be read to that belief. But Scripture as a whole does not support the idea that God would create people for the sole purpose of damning them. What we do see in the Bible is a constant offering of salvation to everyone. And beyond that, a plan to save everyone. And even beyond that, not just a plan to forgive people of their sins, but to regenerate and make new... even to make people holy.
Yes... God predestined people to be renewed and restored to a state of perfection in this life as part of His salvation plan. Here is how the apostle Paul relates this truth...
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.
We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him for the administration of the days of fulfillment—to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.
We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory. (Ephesians 1:3-12)
We were made to know God. But we were born broken. And it didn't take us long to become actual rebels to God. But God had planned to redeem us from our relationship with sin. He planned to save us through the sacrificial offering of Jesus Christ. But beyond that, He had predestined for us to be made holy and blameless. God doesn't just see us as right. He actually makes us right.
Look at how many times we see in this passage the idea that God had planned for us to be made right? Our salvation was not an after-thought. He didn't just make a way for us to be made ok. He had a plan for us to be ultimately restored to that perfect place of relationship with Him, becoming His children in principle and in practice.
You will never find in the Bible the idea that anyone was predestined for judgment or damnation. God did not plan for us to spend eternity in Hell. In fact, Hell was created as a place for Satan and his demons after he rebelled against God. Never is predestination accompanied by damnation. It is always used in the positive as God's plan for reconciliation and restoration.
Today, you may not know every detail of your life. But I hope you know God's plan for you. God breathed life into you so that you could know Him, and that you would be rescued from the effects of sin and sin itself. Before you were born, He had a plan to make you holy and blameless... to give you a brand new life... not just in the future, but right now. Live in that purpose, and He will open your eyes to the details you seek.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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