Ephesians 1:7-10 – In Christ we have redemption and reunification. Redemption: When God gives according to his riches, it is from his unlimited treasures and in proportion to his wealth. As old time scholar Charles Hodge described, “…an overflowing abundance of unmerited love, inexhaustible in God and freely accessible through Christ.”
We have redemption: forgiveness of sins, through his blood by his rich grace.
Reunification: Our view of heaven and the New Earth has been so skewed. I think we can identify with David Lloyd George who wrote, “When I was a boy, the thought of Heaven used to frighten me more than the thought of Hell. I pictured Heaven as a place where time would be perpetual Sundays, with perpetual services from which there would be no escape.”
It is no accident that the entire story of redemption through the Bible, is book-ended by two descriptions of Paradise – Genesis 1-2, Revelation 21-22. In the middle is the story of Paradise lost and how it is regained in Christ. The result is the removal of the dividing wall between heaven and earth – heaven comes back down to earth and God walks, once again, with man. That is what all of creation is groaning for and eagerly awaiting. That is what it means to unite all things in Christ!
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