Colossians 1:19 – 2:23
Ephesians 1:7–12 (NKJV)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
I The two eternities
Colossians 1:26 (NKJV)
26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
Ephesians 1:10 (ESV)
10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
II The present realities
Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
1 Corinthians 15:24–26 (NKJV)
24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
Romans 8:20–21 (NKJV)
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
III Our blessed/joyful duties
Not only does true grace grow best in winter, but winter is the best season for planting grace.…