I have been posting excerpts from a sermon series I recently preached at my church. We have been studying Ephesians 1.9-10, with an eye to discover the “Chief End of God.” Our first point is that God’s Eternal Purpose Has Been Revealed. Our second is this: God’s Eternal Purpose is in Christ.

As we’ve already said, in the greater context of this passage Paul is listing spiritual blessings that we have. He says that all of these blessings are in Christ. So too is this blessing explained as being in Christ. Specifically it says in verse nine:

Making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ.

In other words, God’s purpose in the universe, his eternal will and plan have been set forth in Christ. It is totally consumed with and hinges on the person and work of the second person of the trinity, of God’s incarnate son Jesus, who is the Christ. Everything that God is doing in this world is wrapped up in Jesus. It all points to him. It is all for him. It all happens because of Him.

Notice how Paul refers to Jesus. He refers to him as Christ. The King. The annointed one. It’s a title. Jesus as King. God’s eternal purpose has to do with Jesus being King, being the Christ, being the ruler of His people. This is only further brought out in verse 10:

…as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Other translations emphasize the thought here by saying the universe will be brought under one head, Jesus Christ.

All of history, then, is working toward the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The universe will be united by its confession of the Lordship of Christ. However we define God’s Eternal Purpose, it must include Jesus as being the supreme head over all of Creation—the acknowledged King.

Much of present day Christianity is guilty of deemphasizing this all important aspect of Christ’s Lordship. Christ’s Lordship (read: Kingship) assumes a Kingdom wherein he is king. In fact, the context of all the epistles, indeed the whole New Testament, is that of God’s Kingdom come and coming.

Notice also that there is an emphasis in these verses on unity. A chief aspect of God’s Eternal Purpose and of Christ as King is that this fragmented, divided world will be unified. We’ll talk more about this in future installments. (This also has huge implications concerning Christians’ present day mission. We’ll get to that soon too)! Suffice it to say that the great drama of Creation, Fall and Redemption finds its denoument in the unity of all things under Christ…in fact, in the marriage of heaven and earth. We will examine this last point next time. v

In review, we can really, truly know from God’s word what His purpose is in the Universe. And one thing we know for certain is that it is intimately bound to the concept of Christ as King and supreme head over all Creation.