The Counsel of Peace

Before the foundation of the world was laid, God planned to save us through His Son Jesus Christ

'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.'

(Ephesians 1:3-6):

In Zechariah 6, the Bible calls this plan: 'the counsel of peace.' There are only two divine beings who made this plan: the Father and the Son. For it is written that the counsel of peace was between them both.

 

'And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.'

(Zechariah 6:12-13):

See for yourself how the Word of God clearly reveals that, every step of the counsel of peace is carried out by only two divine beings: the Father and the Son:

(1) Salvation - God saved the world through His Son: 

'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.' John 3:16-17

(2) Reconciliation - God reconciled us to Himself by His Son: 

'And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.'

(2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

(3) The Holy Spirit - God shed forth the Holy Spirit through His Son:

'And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.... This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.' (Acts 2:1-4, 32-33)

(4) Sanctification - God sanctifies us through His Son:

'But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:' 1 Corinthians 1:30

(5) Resurrection - God will raise the dead by His Son:

'For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.' (John 5:20-21)

(6) Judgment - God will judge the world by His Son :

'For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son .'

(John 5:22)

(7) Eternal life - God will give eternal life to His people through His Son. :

'These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.(John 17:1-3)

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September 2020