Eternal Optimism Over Our Coming Unity.

Rodger Woodworth

In the midst of our disunity these days I have found some optimism when Paul writes in Ephesians 1:10, “At the right time he (God) will bring everything together under the authority of Christ”.  The Greek phrase “everything together” is used only one other time in the New Testament – Romans 13:19 – “For the commandments…are all summed up in this one commandment: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’”.   All the commandments are brought together in love your neighbor as yourself.  This summation of everything, this bringing together of everything , this uniting of everything, finds its place under the authority of Christ.

Some day in this already but not yet future of Christ’s Lordship, all things in heaven and earth will be united.  That means no more discord, all things will be brought into a meaningful relationship, no more fragmentation,  no more frustration, no more divisions and no more derision.  Things don’t add up right now, but in the future they will all be summed up, they will all be brought together in unity.  The lion will lay with the lamb, racial tensions will disappear and yes even the democrats and the republicans will embrace across the dividing walls of hostility.

This coming unity, according to Ephesians, was preceded by God choosing us in Christ and adopting us into His family.  This was not for our individual benefit but as a corporate one – “for the benefit of the church” (Ephesians 1:22).  In other words the church should not only be a model of unity but a catalyst for unity in the divided world in which we live.  Our first allegiance is to the Lordship of Christ who has guaranteed us a future unity of all things.  That optimism should call us to walk in that unity and not participate in disunity.

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