What Is God Trying to Accomplish?
First, God must seek His highest good above all.
PLEASURE: God’s pleasure was His purpose for creating everything.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11 KJV).
Only a Perfect God’s pleasure can be safely trusted.
However, humanity’s sin necessitated our redemption.
Second, God must address humanity’s failure.
SALVATION: Humanity’s salvation was His purpose for giving His Son.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).
Humanity’s salvation prompts an opportunity for our propagation.
Third, God must promote discipleship to complete His program of spreading understanding of Himself in this world.
DISCIPLES: Making disciples of all nations is our goal until He returns.
“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV).
Discipleship’s multiplication makes it necessary for greater unity in Christ.
In other words, greater numbers of disciples and increased understanding in discipleship demands a proportionally greater unity in Christ.
Finally, God desires His disciples to find their unification in Him.
ONENESS: Unity in Christ is His goal for His disciples.
“21 That all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 23 I in them and You in Me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. 26 I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them” (John 17:21, 23, 26 NIV).
Discovering Christ to be our Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6) is our inward unity with Christ, while a oneness with brother and sister disciples is our outward unity with Christ.
Unity in Christ develops our completeness in Christ, where “Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11 NIV).
Failure to discover Christ as the answer to every question frustrates God’s highest good.
See our article, “Like Jesus,” to enlarge on the concept, Jesus is the answer to every question.