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The destiny of the Church

 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1, 16-23

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,  so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,  Ephesians 3, 8-11

This universal, epic drama, which is being played out in the cosmos of creation, was being revealed to the chief Apostle of the faith, Paul, while sitting in a Roman prison.

This mystery of creation. This timeless universal drama of the cosmic world, which is situated in a place called the heavenlies.

The destiny of this church in the ages to come.

That now through this church, the wisdom of God is being revealed.

This weak, broken church, who are the least of all saints.

Who the cosmic rulers and powers of creation, scorn and frown at, while they sit in their great arrogance of pride, thinking that somehow they can stop this destiny?

This church who are the least of all saints, is given this mysterious revelation.

This stunning shocking revelation, of a vast fallen cosmic order and world, and structures, which brood over creation.

These timeless ageless rules, cosmic princes, who know and fear the things, which are coming.

These watchers over the nations, whos times are nearing an ending?

This great destiny, of this small people called the church, which in the ages upon the ages to come, will magnify the Lamb of God.

Oh what a seeing, oh what a calling, so undeserving, so unimaginable, so stunning?

This land of promise, the heavenly city, the Jerusalem which is above.

The city that rules over all things, all events, and all destinies?

This seat of universal power and authority, which rules over all the structures of Gods good creation.

A prepared place, for a prepared people.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8, 18-23

For those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8, 28-30

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8, 37-39

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mysteryofthecross

I believe that everything God has done through Christ is only revealed in the revelation of the Cross of Calvary. When one sees the truth of Christ and him crucified, then one sees true reality.

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