Mystery Solved

Ephesians 1:9-10

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

I grew up with the game Clue, playing many games with my cousins trying to find out whether or not Colonel Mustard or Miss Scarlet killed someone in the Conservatory or the Library and whether or not they used the candlestick or the revolver.

Although that was all fun and games trying to decipher the mystery of the “whodunit” game, scientists, thinkers, philosophers, and the like have tried to figure out the mystery of this universe.  Not just how it began, but what is the purpose.  According to v. 9, God has made known the mystery of His will which was set forth in Christ.  And His plan is this: uniting all things under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

God is not just in the business of saving souls for Himself.  His ultimate desire is to be glorified, to be honored, and to be worshiped.  God’s plan for this world is the cosmic reconciliation of all things and to take His place as rightful King and Lord.  The good news of Jesus Christ, the Gospel, is that through Jesus’ sinless life, His sacrificial death that purchased our redemption, His resurrection that secured our eternal life, and His return, all things “in heaven and things on earth” will be united in Him – THAT is the purpose that God intends to accomplish with humans and all of creation.

There is no more mystery here to know.  You were created for a purpose: To know and worship the living God through His Son Jesus Christ.  Titus 2:11-14 says, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”  We live godly lives, pressing on in holiness because we are no longer of this world and are called to live lives worthy of the calling which we have received, and we wait patiently for our blessed hope, when Jesus will return, uniting all things to Himself.  Mystery solved.