The Church in Christ Before the Foundation of the World.
The magnitude of God the Father’s creation of the universe and the beautiful earth. The fathomless depths, the unreachable heights and his unsearchable riches in Christ our Lord.
John recorded Jesus’ prayer, were Jesus indicates that the church was created in God’s heart and mind before the foundation of the world, before the fall of humanity.
God appointed Jesus and the church, his body of believers to fulfil his purposes and plans, revealed through Jesus and the Holy Spirit to those whose faith is in Jesus. Jesus prayed, “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their (apostles) word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. . . . Father, I desire that they also, who you have given me may be with me where I am, to behold your glory which you have given me in your love before the foundation of the world.” John 17: 20,21,24.
The Greek words used in verse 24 “the foundation of the world.” Foundation -Katabolo –throwing down and the ‘world’ – Kosmos –– world affairs, humanity. The pivotal moment in time, “the fall of humanity.”
Jesus used the word “Before” the foundation of the world,” The church Christ’s body of believers were created in the mind and heart of God before the fall of humanity. Therefore, the devil cannot prevail against it.
The term “from the foundation of the world” relates to when the devil caused the first humans to be separated from God, known as ‘the fall’ of Humanity, termed in the Bible as being “from the foundation of the world.
God created the church in heaven before the fall of humanity, Jesus has revealed the plan of God when he established the church on the earth in his death, resurrection and ascension, uniting his church in heaven and on the earth.
The NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words” Editor Verlyn D Verbrugge. Katabole: foundation, beginning. Katabollo: throw or strike down, found, ground.
Matt 13: 35. 25: 34. Psalm 78: 2. Rev 13: 8 is a fixed expression for the point from which historical dates are reconned. When God’s free activity is dated ‘before’ this point in time (e.g. Jn 17: 24) where the object of God’s love is Jesus: Eph 1: 4 when God’s providence from the absolute beginning he himself set for human history. The independence enables God to break into history in his loving presence and to bring the course of salvation history to its completion again in his love.”
God created the church before the foundation of the world in heaven. Jesus has revealed the plan of God when he established the church on the earth in his death, resurrection and ascension, uniting his church in heaven and on the earth. Jesus fulfilled his Father’s plan, when he suffered and died on a cross. Peter speaking at Pentecost, in his address he states, “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know– this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” Acts 2: 22,23 Acts 4: 28.
The Jewish leaders and people acted in ignorance when they handed Jesus over to Pilate for sentencing. The jews were taught from the law that the Messiah would not die, he would remain for ever. John 12: 34. The Messiah’s Secret by Dorothy Newton Published 2001
God in his foreknowledge before the foundation of the world, put in place the means of reconciling humanity back to himself through Jesus, his blood being the atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, between God and humanity.