An author I read recently was emphasizing the importance of having an alternate plan in case the original plan failed. He called it “Plan B.” That is good advice. We all experience failure. No matter how well we plan, we cannot be certain our plans will succeed. Sometimes I make plans, and for one reason or another, they don’t work out. When that happens, I resort to Plan B.
God created the heavens and the earth and put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He did this according to His plan. All of God’s plans and purposes are good. They are inscrutable—beyond our understanding—unless God chooses to reveal them to us.
I do not claim to understand the fall of man or the “why “of original sin. I am not saying that God “planned” for man to fall. I do believe, however, that the redemption of man is part of God’s original plan.
Some believe that God’s original plan failed with the fall of man. That because His plan failed, God defaulted to plan B. Can you imagine that after Adam sinned, God had to go scurrying around trying to decide what He was to do next, thinking, “Oh no, My plan failed! Now I have to come up with a plan to redeem man!”
Believe me, that was not the way it was. Concerning our salvation, God had no plan B. The Gospel of Christ is God’s original plan. The plan to redeem mankind was in the heart and mind of God, even before creation began.
Writing in the book of Revelation, John calls God’s plan of redemption “the everlasting gospel.”
“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people” (Rev 14:6).
The word “everlasting” means without beginning or end; that which always has been and always will be. The good news of Jesus Christ is the everlasting gospel without beginning or end.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter preached, “this Man [Jesus], delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross…” (Acts 2:23 NASB).
The Gospel was “predetermined” by the “foreknowledge of God.” The New Living Translation calls it a “prearranged plan” (Acts 2:23 NLT).
Let us never forget the gospel we have been called to preach. It is the everlasting gospel, God’s redemptive plan for all who dwell on the earth—for “every nation, tribe, tongue, and people” (Rev 14:6).
May God receive glory through the preaching of the everlasting gospel!