Full reading: Ephesians 1
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 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.
We continue into v. 10 of Ephesians 1. In Greek, we have not yet completed a full sentence. In fact, the beginning of v. 10 in English marks a little over half way through the sentence in Greek. Paul is giving another statement of significance to what he has been teaching. We have seen Paul’s illustrious description of God’s grace poured out on His children through the adoption that is in Christ Jesus. We have seen the redemption of God’s people through the spilling of Jesus’ blood and the revelation of this through the Scriptures. We see now in v. 10 that this was a plan. God planned all of this. So we might ask “when did God first set forth this plan?”
The beginning of a plan must be prior to or contemporary with the earliest part of the plan. Since, from v. 4, God’s choosing of His people is “before the foundation of the world”, we see that this plan has its origins “before the foundation of the world”. What does this tell us? The Gospel is not plan B. The plan of redemption through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a response to Adam’s sin and the subsequent fall of all humanity. The plan of the Gospel comes before any of that happened. God planned before the foundation of the world to save His people through the work of Jesus’ death on the cross.
We see then that this plan from before the foundation of the world was “for the fullness of time.” The word “fullness” speaks to a fulfilling or completion of something. I would offer to you that “the fullness of time” refers to the fulfillment or completion of the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. This plan of redemption is set forth from before creation, and as they requisite parts are completed and fulfilled, we finally see the true fulfillment of this plan on the Cross of Christ.
Today’s is a little short. I need to do some more research on the next half of v. 10. Keep reading God’s Word. That’s what really matters.