Jeremy Sarber

The resolution of redemptive history

There is a question that comes up often as we talk about God’s plan of redemption. The question is, why? Why has God done this? Why has Christ made himself so low for unrighteous, undeserving sinners?

Listen to what Paul says: 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 (Eph 1:9-10) God redeems us so that he might unite all things in him according to his purpose. What does that mean?

Redemptive history is not over. It wasn’t over once Christ died, and it will not be over until he comes again. The entire world is moving toward a climax, a resolution. The grand finale will be (1) the complete annihilation of sin and (2) the restoration of creation.

Ultimately, Christ will bring the entire universe into unity in him. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Php 2:10-11).