What is God’s plan for his people?

Basic Bible Teachings
Lesson 4: What is God’s plan for his people?
by Bob Burridge ©2011


What is God’s plan for his people?

God was not suprised by the sin of Adam.
He always knows everything that will ever happen.
God made everything to show his glory. Part of God’s glory is his great love and forgiveness.

There can be no victory over evil when there is no struggle against sin.
God’s plan has always been to show his power and goodness by rescuing lost sinners.
By defeating evil and changing the hearts of his fallen people, God shows his justice, power, and love.

Way back in Eden, right after Adam sinned, God told that he would send a child to crush Satan.
This promised child was not born for many thousands of years after that promise was made.
The promised child was Jesus.

Jesus is called the Christ.
Long ago men who were Priests, Prophets, and Kings had oil or water poured over their heads.
They did this in a ceremony when they started their job of serving the people.
It was called “anointing”. It showed everyone that the person had a special job to do for God.

The Old Testament was written in the ancient Hebrew language.
God’s promised child was called the Messiah. It comes from that old Hebrew word.
The word for someone anointed in Hebrew is Meshiakh. In Hebrew is it ﬦשׁיח.
The Hebrew people waited for thousands of years for this Messiah to come.

The New Testament was written in Greek. The Greek word for someone anointed is Christos.
In the Greek language the word Christos looks like this: Χριστος.
We take off the Greek ending on the word and it becomes, “Christ”.

So Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, God’s anointed one. He was that child God told Adam and Eve about.


The job Jesus came to do was to pay for the sin and guilt of his people.
When he suffered and died on the cross he died in their place.

God does not just forget about our sins. He came as Jesus Christ to pay for those sins himself.


(Bible verses are quoted from the New King James Version of the Bible)
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About Bob Burridge

I've taught Science, Bible, Math, Computer Programming and served 25 years as Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Pinellas Park, Florida. I'm now Executive Director of the ministry of the Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies
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