When did God’s plan for us begin?

At what point in eternity did God get the idea of creating human beings? I ask for my own peace of mind because if I haven ‘t been the apple of God’s eye forever, what am I instead? Am I merely a “fun project” God came up with to keep himself amused (with all that time on his hands), or am I an experiment God simply wanted to try, or maybe just a thought that hit God out of the blue one day that seemed like it had potential?

Am I an afterthought, that’s what I want to know? Am I just another idea God had, or merely a trial run for a “much improved” creation in the future, perhaps? If so, I could legitimately wonder if God has other projects on the go that also came to mind at some point in eternity. Perhaps there are other creatures he’s developing, other universes and other dimensions he’s tinkering around with, and we’re just one of many designs he’s trying out. Or what if we’re actually a failed experiment he’s about to chuck out?

Or has God always dreamed of human beings – as his ultimate project? Paul certainly thinks so: “God saved us according to his own purpose and grace, which was granted us in Christ FROM ALL ETERNITY,” 2 Timothy 1:8-9. In other words, there was never a time when God hadn’t been thinking of us. We’ve been the apple of God’s eye for his entire life. I like that. It means there aren’t any other creatures some place else he’s working with, no other great plan afoot, no other universes, no other dimensions – we’re it! Because we’ve always been it. “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself,” Ephesians 1:4-5. Not some other creature; it was always “US.” We’re the plan because we’ve always been “The Plan.” God intended to adopt us as his children for as long as he can remember.

And how important has adopting us been to him? Important enough for him to die to make it happen. That was in his plan all along, too: “He was slain from the foundation of the world,” Revelation 13:8. Imagine that. He was already “slain” long before humans, and even the universe, existed. So we’re no afterthought. We’ve been worth the life of God for all eternity. He staked his life on our adoption. That’s how important we are to him.


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