GOD’S ULTIMATE PLAN
“And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ – everything in heaven and on earth.” (Eph. 1:10 NLT)
All things that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, were created by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (NKJV).
Not only were all things created by the Lord Jesus, all things were created for Him, and all things are also being held together by Him.
Paul attests to this truth.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. (NLT).
When God created Adam in His image, He gave him dominion over all the works of His hand. But, when Adam yielded himself to obey the voice of Satan, he relinquished man’s right to rule on earth to Satan, thereby making all men and all things under man’s authority to become submissive and subservient to Satan.
Hence, Satan’s boasting to Jesus.
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
7 “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” (NKJV).
Yielding to sin is yielding to Satan, the author of sin. So, by yielding to sin, Adam yielded himself to Satan and thus led all creations into slavery under Satan.
16 Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? RSV).
Just as all things were separated from God through the disobedience of the first Adam, all things have now been reconciled or restored to God through the obedience and sacrifice of the last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul aptly explains this truth in his epistles.
2 Corinthians 5:
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (NKJV).
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– (NKJV).
Having defeated and spoiled Satan and his cohorts through His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus Christ has received all authority in heaven and on earth.
Just before His Ascension, Jesus boldly said to His disciples,“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matt. 28:18 NKJV).
Satan and his demons have no more legal right, power or authority to rule on earth. Jesus has disarmed them and taken all authority from them through the cross.
Paul testifies, “He rid himself of all the Powers of Evil, and held them up to open contempt, when he celebrated his triumph over them on the cross!” (Col. 2:15 TCNT).
All things in heaven and on earth are now under the dominion and authority of the victorious Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture clearly teaches and emphasizes the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus undoubtedly has received all authority in heaven and on earth. God the Father has highly exalted Jesus and gave Him the name which is above every name.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NKJV).
The Lord Jesus is presently seated at God’s right hand in the heavenly places, “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church.” (Eph. 1:20-22 NKJV).
While it is absolutely true that all things have been put in subjection under the feet of the Lord Jesus; however, we do not yet see all things in subjection to Him.
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. (NKJV).
There are many peoples, nations, rulers, authorities, or governments in the world who still don’t recognize or surrender to the Lordship of Jesus.
There are many people in the world who still disbelief, disdain or discard the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, or divinity of Jesus. In the history, many people have even claimed to be Jesus the Messiah.
Although Christ has received all authority over all things, yet not all things are now seen to be under His feet. This is simply because Christ has not exerted His authority to forcefully bring all things in subjection under His feet.
However, God’s ultimate plan and purpose is to sum up all things in Christ, to bring everything together in heaven and on earth under the headship, Lordship, or authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, so “that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Col. 1:18 NKJV).
Paul states, “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ – everything in heaven and on earth.” (Eph. 1:10 NLT).
This is God’s final, supreme or greatest plan and purpose for all things. All other things are secondary to this plan. This is the ultimate end of all things that God has created. God is working all things together towards achieving this His ultimate end or plan.
Whether you know it or not, whether you believe it or not, whether you want it or not, at the end of this dispensation of grace, God will forcefully bring everything together under the authority of Christ.
For it is written, “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” (Rom. 14:11 NKJV).
The ultimate end of all rule and all authority, dominion and power is very near!
15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever! (NKJV).
1 Corinthians 15:
24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. (NKJV).
Beloved, what is your role in this ultimate plan of God?
God expects you to embrace, proclaim, and demonstrate the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things! How?
First, by you willingly, deliberately, joyfully, unreservedly, and continuously submitting or surrendering your life and all that you have under the Lordship of Jesus Christ!
Second, by teaching, preaching and proclaiming the preeminence or Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things!
Lastly, by demonstrating and manifesting the preeminence or Lordship of Jesus Christ through healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, and casting out demons in the name of Jesus.
Jesus said, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matt. 10:7-8 NKJV).
Friend, arise today to begin to embrace, proclaim and demonstrate the preeminence or Lordship of Christ over all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
This is your role in God’s ultimate plan and purpose!
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing to me today Your ultimate plan for all things. My Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me to play and fulfil my active role in this supreme plan and purpose of God, in Jesus’ name. Amen.