THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
“To Redeem My Love”
April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010 was an interesting day for me. It was a nice spring day, so I sat outside looking at
the beautiful Carolina-blue sky, listening to the birds happily singing and communicating to one
another. I closed my eyes and listened to the gentle wind blowing through the trees as I sought to hear
from the Lord. I had a question on my heart.
I had finished reading a commentary about how Adam chose to rule the earth independently of God, as
if he purposefully messed up God’s plan for man. Adam’s sin is often presented as if it were a blip on
God’s radar that He had to correct; as if Plan A were thwarted, so He had to resort to Plan B. I would say
that, with few exceptions, most Christians are taught and believe that the failure in the garden was all
Adam’s fault, as if God had nothing to do with it; you know, the tragedy of free will. If this were true,
which I do not believe it is, then why did God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the
garden, allow the serpent to roam there as a tempter, and, on top of this, slay the Lambkin from the
disruption of the world (Revelation 13:8 CV), that is, before God restored a ruined (i.e., in
disruption) earth (Genesis 1.2) and fashioned Adam from the soil of the restored earth? Sure does
sound like a plan to me and not a correction of a plan that ran amuck! The Lamb slain was Plan A, not
Plan B, which means that Adam’s one transgression was part of Plan A as well. Simply, God wrote the
play with all of its acts and created the actors and the stage upon which it is being acted out.
It is my opinion that what most Christians believe about the fall is a tradition of man and not the truth
of God. I have explained this in a variety of ways throughout my writings, in particular, in my book The
Purpose and Plan of the Eons , especially Volume 1, Chapters 5-8. Consider these two thoughts.
First, if God is truly the Sovereign of His universe, then He alone is ultimately responsible for all that
happens in His creation. As the Creator, God has a purpose in mind for His creation and a plan to
achieve His purpose. Paul tells us that God’s purpose is to be All in all (1 Corinthians 15:28), and He is
doing this through the summing up all things in Christ [His Son] , things in the heavens and
things on the earth (Ephesians 1:10). This is the purpose of the eons (Ephesians 3:11 CV). Please
see my book That God May Be All in All New , January 2009.
Second, Adam’s one transgression was not an aberration or a miscalculation on God’s part. It was
expected, even demanded of Adam. In following his wife, Adam was fulfilling the highest law of God,
the command to love. After all, husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. Eve
was literally fashioned from Adam’s body, and she was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh (Genesis
2:23; Ephesians 5:25-33). Love explains why Adam partook of the fruit with his wife. Love demanded
that Adam try to redeem his wife, even though he failed. I explain this in issues #01-0714, November 6,
2007, Loving Their Own Wives as Their Own Bodies , and #02-0724, November 13, 2007, No One Has
Greater Love Than This .
However, like the layers of an onion being peeled back, this second point begs for more answers, which
leads to the question I asked the Lord as I sat outside enjoying His beautiful day.
I asked: “Why did You intentionally allow, even expect, Adam, Your creation, to move
outside Your will?”
The answer was almost instantaneous. I heard: “Because I had to redeem My love. Love is
redemptive in nature, and I had to redeem it.”
I was stunned. The answer was so simple yet so profound. Adam acted out of love in his one
transgression, but love started with God when He allowed and even expected Adam to commit the one
transgression that set the stage for death and its companion sin to enter into all mankind.
So that there is no doubt or misunderstanding, the word the Lord spoke to me was not about Adam per
se. He did not say “because I had to redeem Adam, My love.” Yes; out of His love, God did redeem
Adam and all mankind through His Son, for God so loves the world , but this is not what He spoke
to me. He shared that love itself must be redeemed.
I realize that there is a great deal of theology wrapped up in the words redeem and redemption , but let
us put that aside for a moment and consider the most basic meaning of the word redeem , which is “ to
get back .” We could rephrase the Lord’s answer as “Because I had to get back or receive back My love.”
We see this concept of return in Scripture as God’s word goes forth in order to accomplish His purpose.
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty,
without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I
sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 NASB)
When His word has accomplished its purpose, it will return to Him, not as if it were empty but rather as
if it were full. Isaiah does not state so directly, but the opposite of empty is full. According to God’s plan,
the words full and all are nearly synonymous. Paul wrote of God’s Son as Him who fills all in all
(Ephesians 1:23). Fullness signifies successful completion to the point that all that can possibly be
contained is contained, just as all signifies everything, none excluded. The two go hand-in-hand.
God’s purpose is to fill His entire (all) creation with His very essence, which refers to His fundamental
or essential nature. God created everything out of His very essence, and creation must return to Him,
not to be absorbed back into Him as if to cease its unique existence but to return to Him as a full
expression of His heart and character. Like looking in a mirror, God will see Himself expressed in all
His creation so that He will be in perfect communion with His creation, most notably mankind, His
sons, for He says: “I will be His God and he will be My son” (Revelation 21:7).
Now, God is spirit, light, and life, but most importantly, God is love; and love is what qualifies the
nature of His spirit, light, and life. Love is the very core of His essence. It sums up who He is, what He is
doing, and why He is doing it. Remove love, and we do not know God. The one who does not love
does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8).
God expressed His love (essence) in creating man with the purpose of His love (essence) returning to
Him. He must get it back. He must receive back, that is, redeem His very essence. I know that this
might sound strange and cause some to run for the door, but it is as if God has to redeem Himself. But
is this so far-fetched considering that His purpose is to be all in all, to fill all with Himself?
Perhaps, of all the New Testament writers, Paul best captures the thought of return.
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever.
Amen. (Romans 11:36 NASB)
Surely, love sums up all things just as it sums up the law. Substituting all things with love reads: For
from Him is love (originated from Him, the Creator God is love), and through Him is love (expressed
through His Son and the cross), and to Him is love (returned to Him by filling His entire creation).
All things must find their very life, light, and love in God, with love being the very source of life and light
and the glue that binds all things together. God’s love has gone forth into His creation and must return
to Him in order for Him to fill all so that He may be All in all. To Him is love!
I realize that what I have shared so far may be too much to grasp at first. At least it was for me. Actually,
I continue to meditate on this word. I am reminded of a word the Lord spoke to me on August 21, 2007.
He said: “Do you know how much I love you? There is something much deeper than the
cross. I will show you.” I believe that this latest word is part of what the Lord has been showing me
about His love. Love is redemptive.
But like peeling the onion, there are other questions begging for answers. Why did God choose to do it
this way? What does it mean for God to get back His love? Isn’t God’s agape love unconditional? How
can it be redemptive? I will attempt to answer some of these questions in the next issue. Stay tuned!
The Upward Call: #04-1041
by: Stuart H. Pouliot