Uniting All Things – Ephesians 1:7-10

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 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 in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Ephesians 1:7-10

The mystery of God’s will is to unite all things in Him. This is why Jesus came. This is why He walked among us, and why He suffered and died in our place. “He is the image of the invisible God…For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:15, 19-20).

Jesus came to show us the fullness of who God is. He allowed us to see the character of God and how it applies in our daily lives, in each conversation and difficult encounter. He displayed compassion, mercy, understanding, and loving respect for all. He emphasized the importance of a heart devoted to God over a legalistic devotion to rules, while still walking obediently in all that He did. We look to Christ, and we see the Father. In His crucifixion He revealed the will of God and how far He was willing to go to accomplish it. The brutality of the cross shows us the extent of our sin. Its power breaks the strength of the curse that we brought upon the earth in the beginning and opens the door for the reconciliation of all things.

This is the God of the Universe we’re talking about here. The One who created everything. The One who rules over everything. He can do whatever He wants and has every right to do so. His will is not limited by what makes us feel good or what we understand. So isn’t it amazing that the will of God Most High is something so beautiful, something that will bring joy and peace to our souls? We are redeemed through the blood of Christ and can experience complete forgiveness for every choice made in rebellion and pride, every offense committed against an all-powerful King. He has lavished upon us the riches of His grace, choosing to do so before we could ever do anything to try and convince Him that we were worthy of His notice. It is in this that we are shown the fascinating mystery of His will. It is not to exert His authority through wrath and condemnation. It is to unite all things in Christ, making peace by the blood of His cross.

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