The End from the Beginning
The End from the Beginning
Since we know that God’s plan and purpose was revealed after the cross yet hidden before the cross, we know that we are looking for something which may not be fully visible from just one or two scriptures. We also know that God’s plan and purpose is unchangeable throughout the generations and the ages, a vision that has been declared from the beginning, destined to be fulfilled.
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isaiah 46:9-10 (KJV)
So if God has declared His vision from the beginning, then we will begin in the beginning and search for a pattern that is repeated and confirmed throughout the scriptures.
The very first recorded words which God spoke concerning man, even before God had created or made man, must be that which He is declaring from the beginning concerning the end.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:26 (KJV)
From the beginning we can see that God intended for man to be the image of God and to rule over the creation.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:27 (KJV)
The man mentioned here is not the man made of dust, but the man at the end. This is the one new man, in Christ. God is declaring the end from the beginning. Creating us in Himself. The end from the beginning. Think about the following verses:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:29 (KJV)
Later we see how God forms a man out of the dust of the earth, this man, Adam, was the beginning of the process to get us to Christ. So before God made the man of dust, He saw us in Christ and He blessed us. These are the first recorded words which God spoke to man.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:28 (KJV)
God’s vision, as it has been declared from the beginning, is that man must be a multitude, in the image of God, ruling with Him over all creation. This three dimensional declaration summarises God’s unchangeable plan and purpose and forms the pattern that we will follow through the scriptures.