Refining a Creation for Eternity: The revealed plan of God from eternity past to eternity future.
This study is a private endeavor being taught at Sugar Land Bible Church (www.slbc.org) in Sugar Land, Texas.
When God created the angels, they were sinless and in a perfect and holy environment. The angels however, were untested as to their faithfulness to God. In the same way, Adam and Eve at the point of creation were sinless and untested. In the new heavens and new earth, all the inhabitants will be either tested and found faithful (the angels) or redeemed and found faithful (mankind).
This study will take a look at God’s refining process. Just as with oil refining there are three main steps: separation, conversion, and purification. God is directing His refining process. We will examine each generation from Adam to the Lord Jesus Christ and an overview of the church from the scripture and recorded history to see God’s piloting in each age. Then, moving from a sound understanding of God’s sovereignty in past events, we will look forward as God has revealed His plan for a glorious future. The goal of this study is to eventually cry out with Job “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6 NASB95)
The study will take place each Sunday morning from June 3, 2012 to December 30, 2012. Spoiler alert: All scriptures will be interpreted literally thereby leading us to a dispensational perspective. Adam was created approximately 6,016 literal (365 day) years ago.