What is God's Plan? (Part three)
By Pat Robertson
The 700 Club
CBN.com - Does God have
a plan for you? Does God have a plan for the world? Are we living in
an aimless environment when things just happen by random selection and
the cookie crumbles and que sera sera? Or is there a determinant plan
and will of God? Well, the answer is yes. I believe God does have a
plan. That's why I dislike the words "luck" or "coincidence." I don't
think coincidences happen, and I don't believe in luck. I think that
God Almighty makes things happen in our lives, and He has a plan for
The Time of the Jews
The Apostle Paul in the Book of Ephesians, chapter three, is talking
about a revelation that came to the holy apostles and prophets. It
was an extraordinary revelation, because, you see, at about 1400 B.C.,
Israel came up out of Egypt. Abraham lived around (I'm being rough
with these numbers) 2000 B.C., David lived around 1000 B.C., and then,
just for simplicity's sake, Jesus was at zero, neither A.D. nor B.C.
(Some people say, "Oh, it was 3 or 4 B.C., or it was A.D. 3 or 4."
I'm not going to fight on those.) For simplicity, from Abraham to
David is 1,000 years, and from David to Jesus is another 1,000. If
you went back in time, there are those who feel that possibly from
Adam all the way to Abraham was about 2,000 years. So you've got about
6,000 years up to the time of Jesus.
The Time of the Gentiles
What is going to happen next? The Jews were taught that from the
time of Abraham to the time of Jesus this was an exclusive deal, that
the revelation of God was exclusive to them. And they use the term
"goy" or "goyim" to describe the people that are made up of the rest
of the world. Now that word can be translated as "nations," but it
generally means "heathen." The Jews were the chosen people, and everybody
else was heathen.
A Revelation to Paul
Now the Apostle Paul has a revelation from the Holy Spirit, which
says, "Wait a minute, Paul. Something is now happening." With the
arrival of Jesus, the revelation of God is no longer exclusive to
Israel, but it is to extend to the gentile nations, and they're supposed
to be fellow citizens with the household of God. Now Paul said this
is a mystery because it was hidden from the days of Abraham, through
Moses, through David, to Jesus. Now Jesus says, "Look, I am the Messiah."
Jesus' Death Creates a Plan for the Gentiles
But you remember there were some Greeks that came and said, "Sir,
we would see Jesus." And Jesus said, basically, "Except a corn of
wheat fall to the ground, it'll abide alone, and there'll be a revelation
to you later on." After the corn of wheat dies (representing Jesus'
death), it will bring forth much fruit. But in the meantime, Jesus
said, "I'm sent to the household of Israel." In another instance,
a woman wanted prayer and He said, "It isn't right to take the children's
bread and give it to the dogs." The woman was a gentile, and these
particular gentiles were known as dogs to the Jews. They were not
regarded very highly.
So then the Holy Spirit says to Paul, Paul, open your eyes. All these
other people in the world are precious to me, too. He says the same
thing to Peter: "Don't call what God has cleansed unclean." When these
revelations are made, suddenly it becomes apparent that God is getting
ready to do something extraordinary. He is taking the Gospel, the
good news that He has been storing up from Abraham to Jesus, that
was rejected by the Jews, and is now taking that revelation out to
Who Are the Gentiles?
Who are the gentiles? We are! Most of you who are reading this
column, myself included, are among the goyim of the gentiles. The
Good News has come to us!
So what has God given to us, those who are now called to be part
of his Church?
is God's Plan, Part One
is God's Plan, Part Two
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