God’s ultimate intention is Jesus

All things were created through the Father’s Son. Furthermore, all things were created for him (Colossians 1: 16). The final goal of all things is that all will be gathered up and united in Jesus (Ephesians 1: 9-11). God’s ultimate intention is Jesus.

However, the powers of darkness invaded God’s creation so that all things came under the reign of sin and death. Under this domain of darkness, all appears to be ruined. But when the fullness of time had come, God invaded this dark realm under this dark rule. He did so through the One who is the final goal of all things – Jesus. He is the ultimate purpose and he is also the one who liberates and puts all things right.

Jesus died and in that death, he ended the reign of sin and death, and then he was raised as the new man in the new creation. The resurrection of Jesus is not simply the raising of someone from the dead but the undoing of sin and death itself in a new creation. The powers of darkness still seem to have the upper hand, but it is Jesus who now reigns supreme as he acts patiently to bring all things to their final destiny in himself. And as those raised with him, we share in his resurrection life and all he is doing to bring all things to the final end in him. Now, as we live and move in union with the risen Jesus, our eyes are fixed on the future horizon of God’s new world. The new world in which all things will be united in Jesus and in which God will make His home with us.

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