The pale blue dot
Let me summarise what has been said in the first part of this article:
The great objective of God is to fill this pale blue dot we call “the earth” with the glory of the Lord. For this to be achieved it is necessary for us to understand the glorious character of our Creator, and try to develop that character in ourselves. God’s desire was that the human race might willingly reflect His character in all its glory. Then the earth will be filled with humans who are in complete harmony with God.
The two motivators inside us that will propel us forward to that great goal will be faith and love. Without those it is impossible.
Jesus Christ reflected the character (or moral glory) of God so that we could all see very easily what we needed to do and strive for.
So “that they also may be one in Us”
John chapter 17 and verses 20 to 23 explains all this very clearly:
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
What a great summary of God’s ultimate objective for that planet we live on called the Earth. Jesus, in this prayer, says that he and his father are one. Look at the words “as you, Father, are in Me, and I in You” and later he says ‘just as we are one”.
But he doesn’t stop there - he prays that all believers will also ultimately be one with God and himself. Look at those words in the quoted passage “that they also may be one in Us”. Jesus is praying that we will develop our character so that it reflects perfectly the character of Himself (of Jesus), who of course in turn perfectly reflects the character of God. Jesus is one with God in that they have the same character and therefore think in the same way. They’re thoughts and moral character are in unison.
The object of the message of the Bible, by its sanctifying influence upon us, is to bring us into perfect unison with Jesus Christ and his Father. And of course Jesus’ Father is also our Father. What a great set of verses – laid out here is the ultimate objective of God and His son for this Earth. That as they are one in character, they hope we will be one with them.
How do we unite into one with God and Jesus? We need to first learn to think like Him and then we need to have a way of life consistent with God’s ways. We learn these from the example of Jesus.
So it is very clear-cut what God’s purpose is for this small planet called earth. God’s purpose is to gather people to Himself that they might not only reflect His character in their lives now, but ultimately share His glorious immortal nature in the future.
1 Corinthians 15:24-28 says these words:
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Notice those last few words - “God may be all in all”. So, the ultimate goal is that God may be all in all. This is done by the immortal saints (in the future kingdom) becoming one in character with their God.
Filling the earth with God’s glory
So when God reveals his purpose in Numbers 14:21:
“as truly as I live all the earth shall be filled with my glory”
Hopefully, now, we can understand what God means by this ultimate goal.
What he is saying is that ultimately he wants the earth to be populated only with the immortal faithful followers of God and Jesus Christ. These are those men and women who reflect His glory perfectly. In other words, those who reflect His moral character perfectly….His willingness to forgive others, His mercy, His faithfulness, His steadfast love, His long-suffering.
So the instructions for us as believers in this current age are very clear. As each day passes, this should be our objective for the day.
If you have a daily “To Do” list which you use to work out what you need to do each day. At the top of that list each day should be the entry “work on my character being one with the character of my Heavenly Father and his son”. That one entry pretty much, at a highly summarised level, covers all the things you need to do as a believer. And you can take comfort in the fact that it is God’s number one objective. That entry should be at the top of our “To Do” list every day.
And God tells us there is a reward for those who do this.
We can read it in Malachi 3:16-17:
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name.
“They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
God takes pleasure in those who esteem His Name and the glorious purpose enshrined in it, and promises to reward them in the day when His glory is seen in the earth.
This brings us back full circle to the beginning of part one of this article and my comments about this pale blue dot in the heavens.
6,000 years ago God placed the first man and woman on that small planet and from the very beginning there has been only one central objective – to fill the earth with his glory. To fill that planet with His glory
Since the first man and woman, the estimate is that 51 billion people have been born up to this current time. With the exception of the first era, the average life span has been about 70 or 80 years. During the 70 year life spans, each person born on this earth had freedom to make choices. They could choose where they were going to live, they could choose what food they would eat, they could choose who they would marry, they could choose what work they do and so on.
But during those 70 years of life the most important decision that people would make is whether they would believe there was a God and whether to commit to a life dedicated to God. Many would disagree that this is an important decision, but believers know and God knows, that it is definitely the most important decision they make during those 70 to 80 years of life.
For us living in this current era, it is our turn now to live on this small pale blue dot – this is our seventy or eighty years to show that we want to be one with God and his son. This is our one and only window of opportunity. We won’t get another chance.
Each day should not be wasted away, but rather used to meet that daily objective of drawing closer and closer to that oneness in character with God and His son. We focus on carefully building our character, so that we are getting closer and closer to that goal. We focus on keeping the good characteristics and discarding the rest. We only have 70 or 80 years to do this, we can’t waste time.
The man Jesus Christ did it. He got there. He achieved the objective. But now it is our turn, during these 70 or 80 years of life to show through faith and love that we have the right character to be part of the fulfilment of God’s ultimate objective of filling the earth with His glory.
but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord Numbers 14:21
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Last Updated: Friday, 10 April 2015