My pastor is currently teaching through Ephesians, and I’ve very much been enjoying the series, in spite of expected doctrinal differences. Right now, doing some work at my desk and listening online to his sermon from a couple of weeks ago on “Summing up all things in Christ,” I’m reveling in the glory of this revealed mystery of God’s purpose in Christ. Wow! I’m filled with more praise than I know how to express!
This sermon is almost universalistic. I’m not quite sure how he can say everything he says about all things being united in Christ, and miss what seems so obvious to me … but that’s ok … I don’t know how many times I read those verses and was completely blind to the full implications there. But I think he sees that possible interpretation and dismisses it, because he says at one point, “It doesn’t say that everyone will be saved–that’s not the point here …” and goes on to say that the point is that eventually all will acknowledge Christ’s authority and headship–every knee will bow. Which, to my ear, sounds universalistic too – what else could it mean but that they are saved? – but I know he’s simply meaning an authoritarian style of rulership/submission. And of course that doesn’t fit with our Lord’s example and teaching on leadership and service.
He said, “The bottom line is uniting all creating beings and all created things in His Son.” How they could be united in Christ and still be enemies or at least “unsaved” is beyond me! LOL “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive!”
I liked this quote he gave by FF Bruce:
“When all the times and seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority have run their course, God’s age-long purpose which he planned in Christ will attain it’s full fruition.”
I just felt like sharing … it’s such an incredible joy to me to ponder on this ‘mystery of his will’ that God has revealed!