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The Great Unifier

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January 18, 2009|10:58 am

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment - to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. (—Ephesians 1:9-10 NIV)

God is planning to do some wonderful and spectacular things with His vast creation. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, gave us a little glimpse into the future of the redeemed: He has made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment - to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ (Ephesians 1:9-10).

The apostle is assuring us that even as an architect-builder gathers the necessary materials needed to fashion the structure he has designed, so God will gather all things together. And how will He do that? By "bring[ing] all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ." If we will give the Scriptures attention, we will learn from them that a great future day is coming in which God will prove the essential unity of His creation. That spectacular display will be correlated and fulfilled in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. God will make it plain that all things have derived their form from Christ; they have received their meaning by the power of His word; and they have maintained their place and order through Him.

Jesus Christ is God creating. Jesus Christ is God redeeming. Jesus Christ is God completing and harmonizing. Jesus Christ is God bringing together all things after the counsel of His own will.

Prayer Father, the consummation of Your will for all creation amazes me. What a glorious future for Your people. Thank You!

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Thought We little appreciate the relation of Christ to all creation. He is the Great Unifier. What will it be like when all creation comes together under Him! Such complete harmony we can hardly imagine. How astonishing will be its reality!

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