“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:9, NLT).
When God saved you, He didn’t do it because you deserved it but because your salvation was always His plan. God’s purpose for His creation has always been determined and redemption is the way He mediates His plan.
We have always heard that God created a perfect world—a beautiful, wonderful place where communion with God was as easy as an afternoon stroll through a garden. Then Adam and Eve, who were God’s own created beings, disobeyed Him resulting in a catastrophic rift between God and His own creation. God’s perfect world was tainted and, seemingly, He has been trying to fix it ever since.
At least that’s the way folks often explain the Gospel (including myself).
But humanity’s redemption has always been God’s plan and so God didn’t need to fix any unanticipated circumstances.
In this verse the Apostle Paul explains that God planned redemption even before (or at) the creation of the world. Paul makes the same point to the Ephesians as he did to Timothy: “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” (Ephesians 1:4).
God wondrously and purposefully created a world that He Himself would redeem through His own Son, Jesus Christ, who would be its Savior: “And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior” (vs. 10).
No supreme faux pas was made. So no fixes or workarounds were necessary. Everything was created and redeemed according to God’s plans and purposes.
And, God who created and redeemed us is separate from His created order.
God is holy and when He saves and redeems you, He wants you to live in a manner that is consistent with your salvation. He wants His redeemed people to be holy.
“You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2, NLT)