Redemption: The Grand Design of the Universe
The Doctrine of Creation raises many questions. Throughout our series, we’ve endeavored to address them head-on—Who is the Creator?, How did God create?, and When did creation take place? Today, John MacArthur addresses the most important question yet. Why did God create?
Arguments abound over what makes a perfect story. Is it the characters—mysterious heroes and sinister villains? What about an engaging plot with intense conflict? Perhaps the unique settings and compelling themes make the story. While all those elements are important, they are worthless without a purpose. A story without a purpose is not worth telling, or hearing.
The creation account is just one element in the larger “story” God explains in His Word, a story with a definite purpose. God wrote the script, created the characters, and designed the plot. He even made the theatre and outfitted the stage for the unfolding drama. The story is called Redemption, and it’s the grand design of the universe. Here’s how John explains it . . .
#1 Posted by
Br. Germain Van Riet | Sunday, July 25, 2010at
I can only say Amen to this. God is a Sovereingn God. It is al for His glory. Thank the Lord Jesus for our Redemption.
Romans 8:30 (NASB)
And these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also GLORIFIED!
His will, will be done no matter what happens. What a great joy and peace this gives to the soul of a christian. The story of Redemption is the best story every written by the best Author there is and that is our Father.
Thanks for sharing John. I'm thankfull to the Lord to be a part of His story. I pray that many others will be added to the Kingdom.
John 6:37 (NASB)
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly NOT cast out.
I have also enjoyed the serie "The Wonder of Our Redemption" part 1,2 and 3. That we may spread the story of Redemption in the world.
A good book on the Sorvereingty of God is the book the Sovereingty of God by author A.W. Pink. It is one of my favorite books.
Greetings from Br.Germain van Riet The Netherlands, Europe.
#2 Posted by
Paul Tucker | Sunday, July 25, 2010at
What makes a perfect story? "Truth is stranger then fiction". The little I've read over the last half century tells me that there IS a distinct difference between the genre of literature and the Word of God.
If ancient man were to write a "scripture" he would include lots of sexual ritual, lots of example of gods who act the same way the average human acted. If medieval man were to write the scripture he would have included lots of Greek philosophy, local myth, austere self degrading works, and an iron handed hierarchy for the institution called the "church". If modern man were to write the "scripture", he would include lots of science and belief in the superior nature of modern man, lots of evolving going on and such. If God were mentioned it would only be to start a long running process which would glorify the intellect of modern man and his discovery of nature. If post modern man were to write the Bible, he would include the philosophy of man, lots of sex, evolution which brings about "world peace", and everyone doing everything they ever wanted to do, and none of it being good or bad, everyone would be affirmed, everyone would be happy, when bad things happen to "good" people that would be due to their own character flaw. Progress progress progress.
How do I know- because that is what has happened- and none of it fits with what God really wrote. Biblical literature does not run in the same vain as man's does. Man's "scripture" leaves man "... always roaming with a hungry heart" (Tennyson).
Empty, Empty, Empty
Thus my weary heart confesses,
Are all mans vain redresses,
which would steal my heart away,
From my soul's delight in thee, Oh my God.
"Vanity" I hear the Preacher say,
All is vain at the End of Days;
Yet my soul yearns for thee, My God
Your face to see, My God
And the Word of Your lips,
washes the "vain" away. (Jacobson)
None can enter here, says the Messenger,
but the lowly in heart,
but the poor in spirit,
but those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
Found alone in Thee;
Who by thy blood has purchased,
the lowly in heart,
the poor in spirit,
those who hunger for Thee (Travler)
It is my observation that those who wish to make a name for themselves, usually have difficulty in letting the Word speak for itself, without trying to help it along in being palatable to our generation. I'm not pointing fingers- I have as much problems in this area as anyone. (Just a thought)
#3 Posted by
Joey Hodge | Sunday, July 25, 2010at
Today, John MacArthur addresses the most important question yet. Why did God create? …
Perhaps the unique settings and compelling themes make the story. While all those elements are important, they are worthless without a purpose. A story without a purpose is not worth telling, or hearing.
Yes! This is what I’ve been waiting for. Redemption is indeed the ultimate goal of God’s creation, and why we need an explanation of the beginning, which we have in the book of Genesis. We don’t need a historical or scientific chronicle to satisfy our curiosity. We simply need an understanding of “why” to point us toward the truth of Jesus Christ.
#4 Posted by
Dan Wilson | Sunday, July 25, 2010at
"Why did God create?"
To give God account of who He is. To worship Him and honor Him.
To give God glory due His name. So we may acknowledge Him as our
Creator. To give thanks to Him whom died on the cross to free us
from the bondage of sin. Death can't hold God. God is alive. Amen.
#5 Posted by
Jorge Alvarado | Sunday, July 25, 2010at
re # 3
Joey wrote: "We don’t need a historical or scientific chronicle to satisfy our curiosity."
Indeed, very well said. But I'm thinking of the lost. Those who care not about God or His plan will not find any comfort in the pages of the bible. We've been through a lot in this series of blogs. Many misguided people who cannot see past their presuppositions still remain. Many "christians" still believing God could have used evolution when creating the universe.
To blame, the "educational" system that, little by little, abandoned reason to believe lies.
May God grants us the wisdom and strength to keep fighting the good fight; to occupy until He comes back.
#6 Posted by
Dan Wilson | Tuesday, July 27, 2010at
#5 Amen and I keep on fighting for the truth. Awesome.
#7 Posted by
Anthony Aguilar | Wednesday, July 28, 2010at
I must admit that I've never thought of it like this before. That all of creation was created with the specific purpose of "redemption" in mind is an intriguing idea. I must ask, though, if God created the universe with the ultimate end of redemption being the purpose, then wouldn't God be, in a sense, the author and creator of sin? To presuppose redemption means to presuppose a fall in the first place. It seems to me that in order for God to have created at all, if redemption was His purpose, He had to have not just foreseen but planned and ordained Adam and Eve's fall, am I wrong? Not to mention the fall of Satan which seems to have set these events in to motion.
#8 Posted by
Dan Wilson | Wednesday, July 28, 2010at
I can't get to blog the new post and wonder why.?