Before the Foundation of the World
A devotional thought from Ken Fentress for “Jesus Redeems”
The gospel is eternal. The gospel is not an alternative plan in response to humankind’s sin. God had determined the destiny of His Son before the foundation of the world. Peter wrote, “He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you” (1 Pet. 1:20).
The Son was designated by God the Father before the beginning of time to be our redeemer. This means that the gospel is eternal. In Revelation 14:6-7, an angel preaches the eternal gospel: “Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. He spoke with a loud voice: ‘Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’” The gospel is God’s plan from eternity.
However, at the appointed time in history, God sent His Son into the world to fulfill His eternal purpose in the gospel. Galatians 4:4 says, “When the time came to completion, God sent His Son.” When the right time came, God did what He had determined from eternity. Though He was chosen to be our perfect sacrificial Savior before the world began, He was “revealed at the end of the times for you.”
This fact of the gospel gives us the assurance that God will fulfill His purpose and His promises to His people. The gospel is proof that God’s plan will come to fruition. The gospel is proof that God had us in mind from eternity and that He will accomplish His purpose for us, which He establish before the creation of the world. The gospel reveals God’s faithfulness to fulfill His purpose and His plan for His people.
Pause and Reflect
• How does the eternal nature of the gospel give you assurance? If it doesn’t, why not?