In union with Him, through the shedding of His blood, we are set free – our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the grace He has lavished on us. In all His wisdom and insight He has made known to us His secret plan, which by His own will He designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah, and will put into effect when the time is ripe – His plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship. (Eph. 1:7-10)
We who are believers and followers of Jesus are one with Him – in union with Him – because of the willing sacrifice of His life and His blood. As a result, we are set free from the power of sin; free to live for Him rather than for ourselves – and free from its consequences which are death and hell; eternal separation from God. He no longer looks at or counts our sins against us; we are free from guilt, shame, blame, condemnation and accusation – free from punishment, for Jesus took it in our place.
This incredible gift He has given us is both in keeping with and an indication of the super abundant amount of grace He has given, or lavished on us. These words are an attempt to describe the overflowing, abundant, excessiveness of God’s love and grace for us; it is more than we can even comprehend! This is just one of the blessings that make up the “every spiritual blessing” list that we have in and through Him.
He has and is all wisdom and insight, and it was His unlimited wisdom and insight to choose to reveal His plan to us – His secret plan. This plan was devised by the Triune God beforehand – before creation ever came to be. God’s ultimate plan is to bring all of creation into submission to the leadership and Lordship of Jesus. He reveals His will and plans to us not just so we understand what He is doing and why He is doing it, but also so we can cooperate with His plans and thus hasten the day of their fulfillment rather than resist them.
Mankind, being the last of God’s creation, will be the first to be brought under His Lordship as spoken of in Romans 8:19, for creation itself is longing for the manifestation of the sons of God. As we understand and step into our identity as His sons and daughters, walking in the authority He has given us, we will in turn spread His dominion throughout the earth, establishing His kingdom here as it is in heaven where He already rules and reigns as Lord over all. The complete consummation of this plan will take effect once Jesus returns to earth, but began with the birth of the ekklesia.