We are reviewing a song about God’s eternal purpose. God’s purpose has been in Him from eternity past and it points to New Jerusalem in eternity future. God’s work is not a reaction to the problems in the universe. He solves the problems by doing everything “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:5, 11).
God’s purpose is stated in the second verse of this song: He wants a group of people built together as His vessel, one new man. This is Colossians 3:10-11, we “have put on the new man…where Christ is all and in all.” Ultimately, New Jerusalem is this corporate vessel.
2_God would have a group of people
____Built together in His plan,
__Blended, knit, coordinated
____As His vessel—one new man.
__God would come into this vessel
____With His nature, life and ways,
__Mingling Spirit with our spirits
____For His joy and to His praise.
The Triune God—Father, Son, and Spirit— work together in us (song, verse 3) resulting in praise to God (end of verse 2).
This triune working and the resulting praise is presented in Ephesians 1. Verses 3-6, 7-12, and 13-14 are associated with the Father, Son, and Spirit. Each of these three sections ends with the praise of His glory. Ultimately the glory, and the praise, will be New Jerusalem.
3_God has worked in three directions
____For His plan so marvelous:
__As the Father, Son, and Spirit
____To dispense Himself to us!
__All creation gives the setting—
____Heav’n and earth are for this plan;
__’Tis for this God made a body,
____Soul and spirit—three-part man.
God created man in His image with body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). God’s creation was for His purpose, for Him to come into man, to be life to man, to be formed in man (Galatians 4:19), and to make home in man (Ephesians 3:16-17). All of this points toward New Jerusalem. Praise Him for this marvelous plan.
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