One of my favorite TV series is Leverage. And one of my favorite lines from that series is my title for this piece. Only the plan I have in mind is God’s plan of salvation.
As most who read this blog already know all that, I won’t reprise the Four Spiritual Laws, the Romans Road, or any other salvation formula. What I will say, though, is God’s plan of salvation goes back a lot further than most Christ-followers realize—from “Let there be light,” actually.
That realization is crucial for an adequate appreciation of God’s love for his creation, and especially for the ones whom he created after his own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). But, why did God bother, since he’s perfectly sufficient in himself?
The answer to that probing question is right there in the New Testament: 1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
The nutshell is, God is love, so he created creatures like himself to love, and to love him in return. Simple, yes? But the most important part only complicates it a little: Since God made us in his image, he gave us the ultra-light version of his attributes. We have creativity, imagination, power, knowledge, wisdom, love, and free will. That last one has proved to be the fly in the ointment since very near the beginning. But did our misuse of that attribute surprise God? Of course not! Though he gave us free will so we could freely choose to love him, he knew that we wouldn’t, initially, but that we’d sell ourselves to Satan for the false promise of what we already had: God-likeness. Talk about selling air conditioners to Inuits. He knew that he’d have to demonstrate his love for us in the most costly way possible, but isn’t that what love is all about?
So when you and I responded to God’s gospel of love, his plan of salvation finally came together for us, and I love it.