Tuesday, August 21, 2012

“All Things In Christ”

     Having begun with Him, creation ever moves toward a day in which it will be immersed in the Lord Jesus Christ.

     “Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness 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” (Ephesians 1:9-10).

     The Apostle Paul clearly references a spiritual reality in his anticipation of “all things in Christ.”  All creation will clearly exist in direct proximity to the Lord Jesus, as opposed to the present time when His presence is pervasive, but veiled.

     “The whole earth is full of His glory… For now we see through a glass, darkly” (Isaiah 6:3; I Corinthians 13:12).

     Our lives teem with the dynamic involvement of the One in whom “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).  Even the godliest among us, however, see but the minutest portion of God’s presence and working on our behalf.  “Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not” declared Jacob of his time at the place he referred to as “the house of God and the gate of Heaven” (Genesis 28:16-17).  Every believer must confess the same as we faithfully confess the Bible’s affirmation that “the Lord is in this place,” while honestly admitting that too often, “I knew it not!”

     An eternity approaches when the glory of the Lord Jesus will shine forth from every spirit and molecule of heaven and earth.  “They shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest” (Hebrews 8:11).  Presently, we walk by faith, choosing to believe in a Presence and involvement we see faintly on even our best days.  We see nevertheless, and the wonder is often overwhelming.  Let us therefore rejoice in a coming eternity that will continually display “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).  We’ve seen nothing yet, when compared with the future vision of a Savior whose “greatness is unsearchable,” and whose goodness is so vast that it will never be fully apprehended (Psalm 145:3; 31:19).

“Of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
(Romans 11:36)

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