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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: Welcome! Join With Us as We Read Daily The Desire of Ages
« Reply #100 on: May 04, 2020, 09:52:53 AM »
Amen, Sister Dorine, Brother Richard, and Brother Beacon!

Nothing in the history and unfolding experiences of this world catches God by surprise. Even the rebellion that happened in heaven and the fall of Adam and Eve that has plunged our planet in so much suffering did not catch God off guard. He did not plan for sin to happen, but He foresaw that the freedom granted in relational love (His character) could (and sadly, would) be abused. But He created us because He loved us and He would rather give us freedom than have robots pre-programmed saying "I love you" for eternity. He desires our love to flow back to Him marked by our own individuality, and reflecting the gratitude for who He truly is to us!

The plan for our redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of "the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal." Romans 16:25, R. V. It was an unfolding of the principles that from eternal ages have been the foundation of God's throne. From the beginning, God and Christ knew of the apostasy of Satan, and of the fall of man through the deceptive power of the apostate. God did not ordain that sin should exist, but He foresaw its existence, and made provision to meet the terrible emergency. So great was His love for the world, that He covenanted to give His only-begotten Son, "that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. 

As to why God lets His people stay in a world of suffering and sorrow--even after the probation of the world closes and the seven last plagues are falling, we can see that trials have a refining influence on God's people even if it does not mean that they will change their minds about continually surrendering the heart fully to Christ. (For walking in true conversion means manifesting all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing while obedience is evident up to all a person knows). We can see Job understood what trials do: "But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10). The refining process continues right up to the second coming of Jesus, for the righteous love and pray for those who are persecuting them and seeking to put them to death (showing that their character is safe to take to heaven, as they are living a life ripe like Christ in the most trying circumstances because they love God), and it will also allow the whole universe to see that the wicked who are "fully ripe" (Revelation 14:18) are not going to change and that it is safe for Christ to come in His full glory, which will "destroy [the wicked] with the brightness of His coming" 2 Thessalonians 2:8.

The whole universe will realize the goodness of God in such a final and thorough way that the promise and prophecy given in Nahum 1:9 will be realized: "What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time." It will be safe for ALL CREATED BEINGS to continue to enjoy free will forever with such a marked and final revelation in the closing moments of this world's history of what sin leads to and how thoroughly powerful God's grace and love are to keep His people from falling back into sin when they focus evermore beholding Jesus' loveliness! The genius love of God will be fully seen, who devised a way to save all who desire to be saved but provided a way to remove sin and sinners from ever again polluting the peace and happiness of the universe! Praise to the Lord!!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}