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God's Big Idea

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Martin Marprelate, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Martin Marprelate

    Martin Marprelate Well-Known Member
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    Dec 18, 2010
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    I found this rather inspiring.

    "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." Isaiah 46:10

    There is one grand idea running through the whole of Scripture from
    Genesis to Revelation; and this one grand idea runs through every part of the
    sacred page, and, like a golden band, unites the whole together. What is this
    one grand thought? God has many thoughts as well as we, for he tells us that
    "the thoughts of his heart stand to all generations." But we read also in the
    same verse of "the counsel of the Lord, which standeth for ever;" and
    elsewhere of his "working all things after the counsel of his own will" (Psalm
    33:11; Ephes. 1:11). Thus in the mind of God, as well as in the mode of his
    subsistence, there is unity and variety. There is his one thought, and his
    many thoughts; for though his thoughts are many, his counsel is but one;
    and this counsel is the exaltation and glorification of his dear Son. It may
    be as well briefly to trace this unity of thought and the variety of its expression.

    We see it, then, first expressed in the creation of the first man, when God made him "in his own image, after his own likeness." There was the expression of God's one thought; for Adam the first was a type of Adam the second, and as Christ was by lineal descent "the son of Adam," there was foreview in the creation of the first man of the incarnation of God's dear Son,who is the brightness of his glory and the express image of his Person.

    Now next observe
    how all things were put under Adam's feet, and he thus made the visible head
    of creation. Read this exaltation of Adam in the light of Psalm 8, and you will
    see how the inspired Psalmist, as interpreted by the Apostle (Heb: 2:7-9),
    viewed Adam, in having all things put under his feet, as a type of Jesus,
    whom God has crowned with glory and honour, set him over the works of his
    hands, and put all things in subjection under his feet. Look next at the first
    promise given after the fall, that the seed of the woman should bruise the
    serpent's head. There we have God's one thought again expressed, his
    dominant counsel in the incarnation of his dear Son, as the seed of the
    woman, to bruise Satan's head. Look at Noah preserved in the ark with his
    family when the rest of the world was swept away by the deluge, that from
    the loins of Adam might come the promised seed. Take the case of Abraham,
    called by a special calling, that in him and his seed all the nations of the earth
    might be blessed. Here we have again God's one thought. Take, again, the
    whole of the Levitical dispensation. Every rite, every sacrifice, every type,
    every ordinance, all still bear the same stamp of God's one thought, and
    indeed every part of Scripture is but an exposition of this one thought of
    God's heart, of this one counsel of his eternal will. The word of God is a
    perfect mystery to us, and we see no beauty or harmony in the various books
    of either the Old Testament or the New until we see the mind of God in it,
    gather up God's thoughts, and especially that grand thought which I have
    spoken of as binding the whole together, viz. the exaltation of his dear Son to
    his own right hand as the promised reward of his sufferings and death, and
    the glorious result of his resurrection and ascension up to the courts of bliss.

    JC Philpot - 1802-1869
  2. percho

    percho Well-Known Member
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    Dec 7, 2009
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    I agree with you and it appears to me that that creation began in the first man Adam yet the Lamb had been slain, even before his creation and sin, bringing death (which was already a concept, see slain from) to himself for it was going to be through him HE would come that would destroy death, the last Adam in whose resurrected image the first Adam could be given, the image originally intended him, unable to die thus reconciling the world that had been separated from God before the creation of the first Adam.

    Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Job 38:4,7 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

    Gen 1:2 And the earth was (became) without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep.

    Why was there darkness upon the face of the deep? Where was the God of Light? Did he return to his creation?

    Gen 1:2,3 And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.