week we will begin an in depth study of the book of Jeremiah. It was
recorded as one scroll after his death by a scribe named Baruch. During
his lifetime, Jeremiahís friend Baruch was a scribe that recorded the
messages Jeremiah received from the Lord. Each prophecy was written down
on a scroll and preserved. There is no doubt that God intended to speak
to the people in Judah some 2,500 years ago, but He also wanted His
words to be preserved for the generations to come. Baruch was thinking
eternally and his preface establishes who Jeremiah was and what time
period he ministered on the earth.
must have told Baruch that he had been called by God before he was even
formed in his motherís womb. There are two other men in the Bible which
stated something similar. This leads to an important question. Is every
human being known by God? If so, has God set a destiny for every person?
I am not
advocating that Jeremiah lived a previous life, but that God has
designed him before the foundation of the world. When a car manufacturer
begins working on the design of the next yearís models, they are
entirely designed on a computer. The new car exists in a virtual world.
The designer creates the vehicle with all the features he wants it to
have, and when his concept is approved, blueprints are made from the
computer and given to the production department, which then can start
mass production of the car.
designed each soul before He even began the creation of the angels and
the universe. These were not alive, but they existed within the mind of
the designer (God) and are created as they are destined to come into
being according to the blueprints from God's super computer. Christians
in general do not think about such matters and believe that God operates
like they do, from day to day, with no long term planning.
stated there was a secret work of God the Father, God the Son and God
the Holy Spirit before the creation began. God has always existed, so
has Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
you think about it, Christians are the laughing stock of the spirit
world when they celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus does not have a
birthday; He has always existed. The physical body that Mary
provided has a birthday, but I have never heard a preacher talk
about celebrating the birth of Jesusí body.
Another misconception among Christians is that Jesus died on the
cross. While itís true His physical body died on the cross, Jesus
left it hanging there and went to Paradise, where He spent three
days and nights before He came back and entered into His resurrected
another misconception is that your name is written into the Book of
Life at the moment of salvation. This is not what the Bible teaches.
Everyone has their names written in the Book of Life, itís just that
at the time of the death, your name will be blotted out if you did
not accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
eternal and does not think like a man. If you understand the eternal
purposes that God has for mankind, you can also understand the
predestination mentioned by the apostle Paul in the book of Romans. Once
you understand the depth of God's creation wisdom, it will open a whole
new understanding for you and in this message I will show you the
eternal identity we have in Christ.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell