God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good 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. (NLT)
In the fog of war, the frontline soldier doesn’t usually know exactly what part he or she plays in the overall strategy. Seemingly random moves may not be random at all. Similarly with some workplaces. The average worker might just do their job unaware of what larger plans the employer may have for the business.
Those who embrace God through Jesus can feel a bit like this. As our text suggests, God does have his plans and purposes. But so often we can’t know the details. What role do those apparently random happenings play in the larger scheme of things? We may fight the battles without always knowing how the war itself is going.
But our text also points out that in fact we do know the result of the war; we do know the ultimate plan and purpose. Which is to usher in the new heavens and new earth under the rule of Jesus where all good is intensified and all bad is eradicated. All will be as it should be. Battles remain to be fought but the war is already won.
At present, we see signs of Jesus’ rule in the world. The rule of God has at least a foothold. But we await the final consummation. We live in and between the comings of Jesus. He has come once to announce his rule. He will come again to bring it into fruition.