INTRO: Ephesians 1:10. What a phenomenal verse of Scripture! If you will not be able to believe all I have to say this morning, I will not blame you. If you will say, 'This is too incredible to believe', then I will understand. I am even a little reluctant this morning to share what I believe this verse contains. But for those of you going through difficult times, maybe these fantastic thoughts will encourage you to push on. May God use this message to that end.
In the last message we saw that God has made known to us the mystery of His will. This mystery, as I understand it, is the fact that God would make one body of both Jew and Gentile (Col. 1:24-26). It was a mystery because it was not known nor even knowable because it had never yet been revealed even in the OT that God would make of both Jew and Gentile one body, the Christian Church. One can study from Genesis through Malachi and never once find mention of this great truth. But now the initiated, or the Christian, can understand what God planned from before creation. The Church of Jesus Christ plays a major role in God's eternal plan. It is so that in the fullness of the times He (God) might head up all things in Christ through the Church, both which are in heaven and which are on earth.