The Concealed Gospel of Jeremiah 29:1111.30.16 | Biblical Study Of God's Word | by Bishop Lonnie HendersonIn this topic, the concealed Gospel of Jesus Christ will be revealedThe Concealed Gospel of Jeremiah 29:11Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.(KJV) Let’s dissect this verse a little. You see, Jeremiah recorded this prophesy as it related to in time events, i.e. the deliverance of Israel from the captivity of Babylon; a situation they found themselves in because of disobedience to God: Jeremiah 29:3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying, Jeremiah 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; Jeremiah 29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; Jeremiah 29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. Jeremiah 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. Jeremiah 29:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. Jeremiah 29:9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. However, there is a deeper revelation that pertains also to end time events, the deliverance of sinners from the captivity of satan; a situation they found themselves in because of disobedience to God: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; This topic will examine the latter revelation: the Gospel of Jesus Christ reveled in Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD. The word “thoughts” is translated from the Hebrew mahªšebet (H4284) and in that context means purpose. The Holy Spirit revealed these thoughts to Paul in his letter to the churches of Ephesus: Ephesians 1:3Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:(KJV)Ephesians 1:4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:(KJV)Ephesians 1:5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,(KJV)Ephesians 1:6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.(KJV)Ephesians 1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;(KJV)Ephesians 1:8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;(KJV)Ephesians 1:9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:(KJV)Ephesians 1:10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:(KJV)Ephesians 1:11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:(KJV)Ephesians 1:12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.(KJV) Moses was also told of this plan when he recorded the events in the Garden of Eden, but the revelation was not given to him; we see this several times in the book of Genesis. Once after the fall of Adam and Eve: Genesis 3:14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:(KJV) In the aforementioned verse when God told satan “upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” it was a figure of speech. It did not mean that satan was a serpent with vocal cords such as human and walked uprightly, but suddenly would lose that ability to walk uprightly and crawl on the ground. It was a figure of speech denoting the utter humiliation of satan. We see the same language written in the book of Psalms: Psalm 44:23Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast [us] not off for ever.(KJV)Psalm 44:24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, [and] forgettest our affliction and our oppression?(KJV)Psalm 44:25For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.(KJV) You see the similarity in verse 25? Let’s return to the portion of the verse we were dividing: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD So God was expressing His purpose for us even before creation. Before God created anything, His purpose was for us to have oneness with Him as His chosen. Let’s review that truth: Ephesians 1:4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:(KJV) The word “foundation” in the aforementioned verse is translated from the Greek katabάllō (2602) and means absolute beginning and the word “world” is translated from the Greek kósmos (2889) meaning universe or the heavens to include everything therein. To paraphrase the phrase from the foundation of the world is equivalent to from the beginning of creation. So the purpose of God from the beginning of creation was that we be made one in Him. This was accomplished by the shed blood of Jesus and the invitation is to all who receive salvation by openly conceding that Jesus is Lord: Romans 10:9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.(KJV)Romans 10:10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.(KJV) Acts 4:12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.(KJV) This purpose of God is still in progress until the second advent of Jesus Christ because since the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the invitation is still open. John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(KJV) 1 John 4:9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.(KJV)1 John 4:10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.(KJV) Now let’s go a little further in our dividing of verse 29:11: Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.(KJV) “thoughts of peace, and not of evil” This verse also speaks of salvation, more pointedly to Jesus: You see Jesus is our peace as was prophesied in the book of Isaiah: Isaiah 9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.(KJV) The word “called” in the aforementioned verse is translated from the Hebrew qārā (7121) and in context means to declare. So this child that is presented to us as a sin offering on our behalf to God the Father is also declared to be Wonderful and that word wonderful is translated from the Hebrew pele (6382) and means miracle, Counselor , this same child is declared to be the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. When we submit to Jesus, this peace becomes our portion: John 14:27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.(KJV) We have the peace inside of us by virtue of the Prince of Peace residing in us: John 17:13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.(KJV)John 17:14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.(KJV)John 17:15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.(KJV)John 17:16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.(KJV)John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.(KJV)John 17:18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.(KJV)John 17:19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.(KJV)John 17:20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;(KJV)John 17:21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.(KJV)John 17:22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:(KJV)John 17:23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.(KJV) “thoughts of peace, and not of evil” So the peace then, speaks of the blessings of the Lord through Jesus, the prince of peace. God’s purpose for us then, is to have peace with Him through oneness. His purpose for us is not to be condemned or to have any other destructive force overcome us because of sin: John 3:17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.(KJV)John 3:18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.(KJV)John 3:19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.(KJV) If we should sin, God even provided a way of atonement; it is called repentance. 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.(KJV) 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(KJV) Let’s further study this verse for more revelation: Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.(KJV) “to give you an expected end” The word “expected” comes from the Hebrew tiqwāh (8615) and means hope. While in context, this hope referred to the positive future that God gave Israel when they were in exile, the deeper revelation is the positive future that God gave mankind while we were in exile from Him because of sin: 1 Peter 2:9But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:(KJV)1 Peter 2:10Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.(KJV) Ephesians 2:11Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;(KJV) Ephesians 2:12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:(KJV)Ephesians 2:13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.(KJV) Let’s finish this up: Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.(KJV) The word “end” is translated from the Hebrew ahªriyt (319) and means latter time. This is in reference to the latter times, or the last days which began with the advent of Jesus: Hebrews 1:1God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,(KJV)Hebrews 1:2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;(KJV) 1 Peter 1:18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;(KJV)1 Peter 1:19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:(KJV)1 Peter 1:20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,(KJV)1 Peter 1:21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.(KJV). Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.(KJV) This Messianic Prophesy has been fulfilled through Jesus Christ; but because Jesus is alive today, the opportunity is still available for the prophesy do be fulfilled in the lives of those who will to receive Jesus as Lord. Until the second advent of Jesus, that door will remain open.