Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:7-10
“Making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things to Him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Ephesians 1:9,10)
Paul calls the ultimate goal of God’s plan a mystery. It was a mystery because the truth of it was previously hidden or only vaguely known. But now this mystery is revealed in Christ. What is the mystery? God will bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, Jesus Christ.
In order to understand the goal of God’s plan, we have to look at the big story, the grand narrative of the Bible. All of history is moving toward a great climax — “a plan for the fullness of time.” God’s grand narrative consists of the following:
CREATION — Everything was good and perfect — man’s relationship with God; the relationship between Adam and Eve; an orderly and perfect natural world.
FALL — Everything becomes distorted and disfigured by sin — man runs from God; conflict, division, blaming enters human relationships; the created order gets out of balance (natural disasters). Everything goes wrong.
REDEMPTION — God intervenes. He begins the work of reconciliation. Through Christ man is reconciled to God. Walls of hostility are broken down between people. The created order groans for the day when things will be made right again (Romans 8:19-23).
CONSUMMATION — Christ ushers in the new heavens and new earth. All is restored to perfect unity under the lordship of Jesus. All things in heaven and on earth will be brought under one head. Jesus will reign over this perfect recreated order. Full restoration and reconciliation of all things is the end game, the ultimate goal of God’s plan.
There is a glory to come that is so majestic, so enormous that we cannot begin to comprehend it. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote these words — “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
Lord Jesus, thank You for making this glorious plan to restore all things possible. You are the sovereign King who rules over all of Your creation. All things are being brought together under Your reign. I long for the day when You return and usher in the new heavens and new earth where everything will be perfect. I long to see Your glory!
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