Today we encounter one of the theologically heavier passages of the bible – but still worth digging into.
10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
Thankfully, God is not fickle. Unlike some of the pagan gods who were worshipped by some in the society at the time Paul was writing, our God does not change his mind arbitrarily or on a whim.
This means we can take comfort that those who come to Christ gain the best possible inheritance.
Although we believe that every single event that occurs has been planned out by God, it’s important to remember that God uses human means to fulfil what He has ordained. Let’s see the doctrine of God’s sovereignty as a means of comfort and assurance, and take comfort that evil will not triumph: God’s good plans for His people will be fulfilled.
Conclusion: Personally, I think it best to quote directly from the ESV study bible to finish – “How God’s sovereignty and human responsibility work together in the world is a mystery no one can fully understand.’
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are working to unite all things to yourself, both in heaven and on earth. We pray that in your mercy you will not allow us to neglect the good things you have called us to do, including personal evangelism and making conscious choices to obey you. We long for and look forward to that blessed day when, to the praise of your glorious name, we will be with you forever.
A song to listen to: He Will Hold Me Fast
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