The revelation that Paul puts forward in the book commonly called Ephesians is astounding. Undoubtedly, it is his crowning achievement and a legacy to his apostolic function in the Body of Christ. The more I peruse through the pages of this book, the more I see how relevant it is to the day in which we live and what Father is doing in the Church at this time.
The canvas upon which Paul paints his revelatory masterpiece is Eternity. In the first three chapters, we discover the revelation of mysteries, purposes and intentions that God had residing with Him in eternity and waited to bring into the earth through Paul’s apostolic ministry.
His apostolic function allowed him to reach into eternity and receive revelations that were relevant and necessary to be unleashed in the earth so that the eternal purposes of God could move forward. As you read chapters 1-3, you are transcended out of time and you realize that eternity serves as the backdrop for all of God’s working in time.
The main reason that the church today finds itself weak, powerless and impotent in advancing in the Kingdom is because a temporal mentality has replaced the eternal perspective that is to serve as the Church’s motivation for ministry and mission.
The gospel of the Kingdom has been diluted down to a “get-forgiven-hang-on-until-we-can-get-outta-here-and-into-eternity-just-over-in-the-glory-land-one-day” message. However, the truth is that we have been given eternal life NOW. If the quality of life we have been given is indeed, eternal, then it does not begin when we die or when we are raptured. We have received eternal life NOW and, as His Nation of People in the earth, should learn to live according to it, NOW.
Allow me to provide just two references in support of this “eternal” point.
The first is found in the book commonly called Ephesians in chapter 3. While the concept of eternity is found throughout the letter, the actual word, eternal, is only used one time and is found here.
10 [The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.
11 This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He has realized and carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord,
As the entry point of the Eternal God into the earth, the Church is to be where things eternal invade time. Paul’s task was to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Now, through believers who yield to Christ’s Headship, this extraordinary plan of God is to be demonstrated even among the angels……NOW!
Furthermore, when you roll over into chapter 4, you see Paul asking believers to “walk worthy” of the vocation to which they have been called. In chapter 5, he encourages,
15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
So, we see that Eternal Purpose is to break into the earth and be demonstrated by believer’s as they actually live lives here on this planet NOW.
Now, I am not saying that the fullness of Eternity will be experienced this side of the closing of the age. But, I am saying that there will be a matured Body of Christ that walks on this planet with eternity in their hearts and are able to transact Father’s business and fulfill His every intention.
In order to properly understand the message revealed in the book commonly called Ephesians, it must be viewed from an Eternal perspective with the realization that Father has given us Eternal Life NOW so that it can flow and be released NOW through the Church’s existence in the earth. Life on this planet is difficult and will continue to grow worse. It is easy to get distracted by temporal things and neglect the eternal. Regardless, the Body of Christ will live their lives according to the eternity that has been seeded in their hearts by the Spirit.
So, the entanglement in this world’s temporality must be loosened from the Church who pursues Eternal Purpose. For we do not rejoice in those things that are seen, but in these things that are unseen. For things seen are time related, but those things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Cor. 4.18)
Keep your peace!