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    What is God's ultimate intention? Can we know?

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    IMO, to have a vast family of believers that have had the cross of Christ worked into them so that they are conformed into His image and to enjoy them forever as he reveals himself through them and to them.
    Matt 9:13
    13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
    NASU

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    • #3
      The 'purpose' and 'will' of God in Romans 9, that Christ come in the flesh. Called the "mystery of Christ" so that all things would be in Him.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mikebr View Post
        What is God's ultimate intention? Can we know?
        That he loves us so much as to want to share the best thing (which is him) with us for eternity. This is not because he needs us to be fullfilled but as a gift to us so that we might be.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mikebr View Post
          What is God's ultimate intention? Can we know?
          Is there an 'ultimate' with God? Wouldn't that infer an end point with an Infinite Being? Sort of an oxymoron to me.
          ♪ Each day may Christ become clearer, His Cross dearer, Our Hope nearer. ♫

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          • #6
            Surely the Lord God will do nothing except He reveal it to His servants the prophets.

            Intention always for our good, even if it seems or even is harsh. A woman I respect very much said God loves us more than He loves our immediate happiness.

            Now I *really* need to go to bed...I hate being tired in church...you'd think I enjoyed it the hours I stay up!!!
            Good night...er, morning.
            Matthew 16:26

            http://letthemplaytheirinstruments.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              To...

              ...Test His Creation in order to weed out those of poor character.
              JER 14:13 Then said I: 'Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them: Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.'
              JER 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me: 'The prophets prophesy lies in My name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I unto them; they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their own heart.

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              • #8
                1Co 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all

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                • #9
                  What is God's ultimate intention? Can we know?
                  Almost certainly not, beyond what He reveals to us. A common error in debate about spiritual things imo is the human application of what God can and cannot do to logical arguments. These are interesting, to be sure, but ultimately a finite mind has no real business "logically" deciding what an infinite mind can or cannot do. As long as we all realize that such arguments are more an intellectual exercise than a grasp on real truth and not apply to them more weight than they deserve, we'll do okay.

                  I do think it's God's revealed intention to restore all creation eventually to its originial perfection.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brother Mark View Post
                    IMO, to have a vast family of believers that have had the cross of Christ worked into them so that they are conformed into His image and to enjoy them forever as he reveals himself through them and to them.

                    Amen!

                    Great answer!

                    God's eternal purpose is to have a group of people who are filled with Him as life to express Him and represent Him.
                    ...be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are and to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:16-19

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