Verses to review today: Ephesians 1:1-8 (repeat 3x, 3x a day)
New Verses: Ephesians 1:9-10

9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: (KJV)

Greek: 9 γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ ἣν προέθετο ἐν αὐτῷ 10 εἰς οἰκονομίαν τοῦ πληρώματος τῶν καιρῶν, ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι τὰ πάντα ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ, τὰ ἐπὶ τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐν αὐτῷ.

Transliterated Greek: 9 gnōrisas hēmin to mystērion tou thelēmatos autou, kata tēn eudokian autou hēn proetheto en autō 10 eis oikonomian tou plērōmatos tōn kairōn, anakephalaiōsasthai ta panta en tō Christō, ta epi tois ouranois kai ta epi tēs gēs en autō.

Literal Word for Word Translation: 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in him 10 for the administration of the fullness of times, to bring together all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth in him.

Vocab: γνωρίσας, gnōrisas, having made known; μυστήριον, mystērion, mystery; θελήματος, thelēmatos, of will; εὐδοκίαν, eudokian, good pleasure/purpose; προέθετο, proetheto, he proposed ; οἰκονομίαν, oikonomia, stewardship; ληρώματος, plērōmatos, of fullness ; καιρῶν, kairōn, of times/seasons; ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι, anakephalaiōsasthai, to bring together; οὐρανοῖς, ouranois, heaven; γῆς, gēs, earth.

Commentary: It was God’s plan from the beginning to unite all things in Christ (Eph 1:4-5; Rom 8:18-30). Yet, it was a mystery, hidden from plain view, until Jesus went to the cross, rose, and ascended (Rom 16:25-26). There is still a season, an age, under God’s plan and management until the time of the Messianic age when Jesus returns (Rev 20:4-6), and then the time of making of all things new (Rev 21).

The union of all things in heaven and earth is only possible by God being united to humanity, as He has done in the person of Jesus Christ, as well as the union of man with Jesus, through faith and repentance. True faith results in repentance and leads to dying to self and being made new in the Spirit of Christ. Without repentance, the old remains alive and the faith is not in Christ’s triumph over sin and death. With effective faith, the transformation happens spiritually now. In the end, all that is physical is made new as well. God could have destroyed everything and started over again, but that does not glorify Him and was not His good pleasure. Rather, through redemption, through restoration, God was able to take what was corrupt and far from Him, and make it perfect.