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Godís wonderful plan

Ephesians 1:9-10

The word ĎChristí is a translation into the Greek language of the word ĎMessiahí, which comes from the Hebrew language. Both words describe the king whom God has appointed to save his people. In the Book of Psalms, David described the Messiah as Godís Son (Psalm 2) and Davidís Lord or master (Psalm 110).

It is the work of a king to rule. Of course, during his life on earth, Christ was not a ruler. He lived in a humble manner; he even chose to serve people (Mark 10:45; Philippians 2:5-8).

Now Christ has returned to heaven, where he has received the place of greatest authority. He sits at the right side of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3). So, in heaven, Christís rule as the king whom God has appointed, is complete.

Christ also rules over Godís people who are still here on earth. They are the people who accept Christís rule over their lives. That is why Christ is called the head of the church, Godís people (1:22). Our heads direct our bodies, even as Christ directs his people.

However, Godís wonderful plan is that, in the future age, Christ will rule all things. He will rule both heaven and earth. Everyone and everything will accept his complete authority (Philippians 2:9-11). His rule will be completely good and right, and the earth will at last know true peace (Isaiah 11:1-9).

At former times, these things seemed hard to understand. People did not know how God would bring about the end of all this worldís troubles. Now that Christ has come, God has explained his plan clearly in the Bible. God has chosen Christ both to defeat every evil power, and to establish his perfect rule over both earth and heaven.

Next part: The people whom God chose (Ephesians 1:11-12)


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