THE ETERNAL PURPOSE
Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which He proposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Companion Bible, King James Version (KJV)
(A) THE PRIMAL CREATION. HEAVENS AND EARTH. “The world (Greek kosmos) that then was.” Genesis 1.1, 2-. 2 Peter 3:6
(B) SATAN’S FIRST REBELLION. The earth became waste and a ruin (Hebrew. tohū vā bohū) Genesis1.2-, God created it not a ruin
(Isa 45:18, Hebrew. tohū) nor waste (“confusion”
(C) THE EARTH RESTORED AND BLESSED. “The heavens and the earth which are now.” Genesis. 1.-2.—2.3. 2 Peter 3:7.
(D) SATAN ENTERS AND THE CONSEQUENCE. Gen 3.
(E) MANKIND DEALT WITH AS A WHOLE. Genesis 4—11. 26.
(F) THE CHOSEN NATION CALLED AND BLESSED. Genesis 11:27—Malachi 4:6 (Jehovah and His kingdom rejected. Israel scattered.)
(G) THE FIRST ADVENT (Micah 5:2 Zechariah 9:9). The Four Gospels (Romans 15:8). The King and the kingdom proclaimed and rejected, and the King crucified.
(H) THE KINGDOM RE-PROCLAIMED. Acts 3:19-20 &c. The church of God called and taken out, Acts 13 and on, and earlier Pauline Epistles. The kingdom again rejected and Israel again scattered.
(H) THE KINGDOM POSTPONED AND IN ABEYANCE. “Not yet” (Hebrews 2:8) The later, or Prison Epistles (Pauline) The Mystery revealed and proclaimed. Ephesians 3:2-11. Col. 1:25, 2:2-3. 1 Tim 3:16. THE NEW HOPE. Phil 3:11-14. Titus 2:13. “The church which is His body” called, and taken up. 3:11-14.
(G) THE SECOND ADVENT. “The first resurrection.” The kingdom established. The King enthroned. “The day of the LORD.” Matthew 24: 25, 31. Luke 19: 11-27, Isaiah 2:11-19, Joel2; &c.
(F) THE CHOSEN NATION RECALLED AND BLESSED. Romans 11: 11-36. Acts 15:16. Isaiah 60:61-62. Jeremiah 30:31. Zechariah 12:13-14; &c.
(E) MANKIND DEALT WITH AS A WHOLE. Joel 3:2. Matthew 25: 31-46. Acts 15:17. Romans 15:8-12. Rev: 4-19.
(D) SATAN BOUND AND THE CONSEQUENCES. Revelation 20:1-3.
(C) THE EARTH RESTORED AND BLESSED. Revelation 20:4-6. Isa 35; &c. The Millennium.
(B) SATAN’S FINAL REBELLION. Revelation 20:7-10. Followed by the second resurrection and the judgement of the “great white throne”. The destruction of “all things that offend”. Revelation 20:11-15.
(A) THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH. The day of God. Revelation 21:22. 2 Peter 3: 12-13. Isaiah 65:17; 66:22.
1. The above Structure shows the respective dispensations in which God has been and is dealing with the Jew, the Gentile, and the church of God.
1 Corinthians 10:32. Give none offence, nether to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.
The “church which is His body” occupies the central position, and its present standing is seen to be separated from its future destiny and hope. The two rebellions of Satan also are seen to be in direct correspondence; suggesting the necessity why he must be loosed, and the loosing, for a little season.
3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
7. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.
2. All things were created by Him “Who is before all things and by whom all things consist” lit hang together.
Colossians1:17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
Who is now “upholding all things by the word of His power.”
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on[should read; at] the right hand of the Majesty on high;
The Structure shows in almost pictorial form the great lesson that God sets before us from GENESIS to REVELATION, viz. that no created being can stand (upright) apart from Christ the Creator. Hence the necessity for a “new heaven and a new earth” wherein abideth righteousness in habited by a “new creation” of beings who have by grace been made “partakers of the Divine nature”.
2 Peter 1:4. Whereby are given unto to us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
3. Further, it will be seen that it is not God’s purpose to bring in the new heaven and new earth by means of the “church”. The new creation will be full of physical marvels, brought about by physical means and not “spiritual agencies”. These means and their results are set before us in Revelation.
Well may we exclaim with Paul, -- “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor? Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things; to WHOM BE GLORY. AMEN”