God's Plan for Man-II
Why did God make man? Why are you here? Why am I
here? Understanding God's plan for man is the key to understanding
the Christian life. If we don't understand God's plan for man, we
won't understand the Christian life or why God put man on earth.
The Creation Story
"In the beginning God created the heavens and
the earth…" Genesis 1:1. Following this statement is God's
revelation of the specific stages of creation. The vital truth we
learn from this is:
Since God Created Everything, God Owns Everything
This is the first truth we must grasp if we are
going to understand God's plan for man. There should be no doubt as
to why Satan has made it one of his highest priorities to attack the
revelation that God created everything. If the heavens and the earth
came into existence from natural processes they don't belong to God.
It follows that all creation is up for grabs to any person or group
who can take control of all or part of it, by any means they can.
The next conclusion is that if and when they gain control of all or
part of it they have a right to use it any way they please.
Rejection of the truth that God created everything and therefore
owns everything is the source of rebellion against God, greed,
violence, thievery and tyranny.
Those who have meditated deeply on God’s
marvelous creation have concluded with David, "The heavens
declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork." Psalms 19:1. They also conclude with David that "The
earth is the LORD’s and all it's fullness, the world, and those dwell
therein." Psalms 24:1
God also sustains everything. Our New Testament
tells us, "He (Christ) is the image of the invisible
God…for by Him all things were created, that are in heaven, and that
are on earth…all things were created through Him, and for Him,…and
all things consist (are held together). Colossians 1:15-17.
God Created Man To Be The Managers of His
After each of the first six acts of creation
recorded in Genesis 1, we read that God saw that "it was good."
Then God created man last of all and we read, "Then God
saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good." Genesis
1:31. The creation of man elevated God’s appraisal of His creation.
What made the difference? Two things:
1. Man was different in character. "Then God said, ‘Let
make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’" Genesis
1:26a. "So God created man in His own image, in the image of
God He created him; male and female He created them" 1:27.
2. Man was given authority over the rest of God’s
creation. "Then God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be
fruitful and multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it; have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over
every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:28.
"Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden
to tend it and keep it." Genesis 2:15.
God made man to manage the resources that God put
on and in the earth. In essence, God was saying to man, "I am the
Creator and owner of all things and I have made you like Me to be
the manager of all things.
One of your benefits will be that you get
to enjoy all things."
God’s Plan For Man Was Hampered By Satan
Satan was a member of God’s highest order of
angels. His name was Lucifer. He saw in God’s plan for man an
opportunity to become like God by gaining control of man and the
resources of God’s creation. He did so by successfully tempting man
(male and female) to disobey God. The extent to which Satan has
usurped man’s authority over creation can be seen in the description
of scripture that he is "the god of this world" (2nd
Corinthians 4:4); "the prince of this world (John 12:31,
14:30’ 16:11) and "the prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians
2:6 –See also 6:11,12).
The effect on mankind has been that man forgets
that God is the Creator and Owner and that man is to be the manager
for God. Man fancies that he is the owner of all that he can get
under his control and can do whatever he pleases with it.
I remember vividly the first home that Jeanette
and I thought we "owned". We were humbly thankful to God for making
it possible but at the same time we took great pride that we were
"home owners." In those days it was still popular to have an
attorney draw up what was called an abstract to verify that the deed
to the property was good. The abstract was basically a list of the
people who had previously "owned" the property. Mine went back to
the 1700’s. As I read the names of all those people who thought they
owned that property the sobering thought hit me before too long
Jeanette and I would be added to the list of people who thought they
"owned" it and somebody else would begin thinking they "owned" it.
The fact is that we never did own it. We learned the reality that we
were the managers of property that belonged to God.
Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, man has
had the problem of thinking he owns what belongs to God.
God’s Plan Remains That He Is The Owner of
Creation and Man Is The Manager
It is true that the majority of mankind believe
they own what they control, but the time comes for all when they die
and somebody else begins thinking they own what this person left
The central theme of the Bible has to do with
God’s provision for man to be restored to the relationship that
recognizes God is the Owner and man is the manager of all that God
places under man’s control.
The scarlet cord of redemption begins in Genesis
3 and continues to the end of the Bible. Genesis 3:15 gives us God’s
promise that the coming seed of the woman (a Son with no earthly
father) would crush Satan’s head and verse 21 tells how the LORD God
made garments of skin for Adam and Eve and clothed them. This
pictured how God would provide a covering of righteousness through
the blood sacrifice of an innocent substitute.
The sacrifices for sin in the Old Testament were
animals. The sacrifice for sin in the New Testament was a person…the
virgin born Son of God, Jesus Christ. "In Him we have redemption
through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to
the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7. Believers who lived
before Christ received forgiveness of sins and a covering of
righteousness through the sacrifice of Christ just as much as
believers who have lived since Christ died on the cross.
To all those who renounce the life lived in
separation from God and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior by
faith there is forgiveness of sin and gracious acceptance by God.
There is also instruction for them to realize that God is the Owner
and they are the managers of all that He places under their control.
Consider what God said to Israel in the days
before they crossed the Jordan river and possessed the promised land
"For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good
land…in which you will lack nothing…When you have eaten and
are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land
which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the LORD your
God…lest---when you have eaten and are full…when your heart
is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God…Then, you
say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me
this wealth.’ And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He
who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His
covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day."
God was telling the people of Israel that they
needed to remind themselves that God was the Owner of all He placed
under their control and they were the managers.
From the ministry of Jesus let us learn some of
the aspects of God’s plan for man:
From the feeding of the five thousand we learn
that a boy who had a lunch that was only enough for him could give
it to Jesus Who would bless it and multiply it so that not only he
would eat but also five thousand men plus women and children.
From the parable of the householder we learn that
the religious leaders of Israel had been in authority over the
kingdom of God but because they rejected and killed God’s prophets
and God’s Son their authority would be taken from them and given to
a nation of believers who would be faithful. Matthew 21:33-46.
From the parable of the talents we learn that
Jesus has given to professing believers valuable resources. The way
they manage those resources is their decision, but they are to be
aware they will be held accountable. Those who have been faithful
and multiplied those resources will be rewarded and enter into the
eternal joy of their Lord. Those who have been unfaithful and gained
nothing will be proven to be false professors; have their resources
taken away and be separated from the Lord forever. Matthew 25:14-30
From the apostle Paul we learn that the motives,
words, and deeds of believers are classified as wood, hay, stubble,
and gold, silver, and precious stones. These will be tried by fire.
For those things that survive the fire the believer receives reward.
For those things that are burned up the believer suffers loss. 1st
What Are The Things Believers Are To Manage?
All things under our control. This includes
- our physical and material possessions
- abilities, talents, gifts,
- wealth, property, and family
It includes all that is under our authority in
our vocation; the people, the production, and whatever else we are
responsible for. It includes our spiritual possessions: our
salvation, our knowledge of God and God’s truths. It includes our
ministry and mission on behalf of the kingdom of God: Our
responsibilities in the church of Jesus Christ and our witness to
the lost people we meet in the world.
There are benefits in this life to remembering
that God is the Owner and we are the managers:
1. Our happiness will be in proportion to our faithfulness in
being a good manager.
2. While we are managing what is under our
control we get to enjoy it.
3. The better we do at being faithful managers,
the more God trusts us and lets us manage more and more (See Luke
16:10 and 2nd Corinthians 9:6-11).
There are also unspeakable benefits in eternity.
The parables of Jesus and the teachings of scripture send a clear
message that what we manage in eternity will be determined by how
faithful we were in being good managers of what God entrusted to us
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scriptures quoted from NKJV unless otherwise noted
Copyright © 2008 Truth Helpers Inc.