And God raised us up with Christ
And seated us with him
In the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus
In order that in the coming ages
He might show the incomparable riches of his grace
Expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. …
His intent was that now . . .
The manifold wisdom of God should be made known
To the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms
According to his eternal purpose
Which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Ephesians 2:6-7; 3:10a, c-11
Have you ever wondered if we humans are alone in the Universe? God says we are not alone in the Universe. In fact, in the not-so-distant future, God will point to us, time-and-again (in the coming ages), as an example of what His kindness achieved through Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.
To whom will we be ‘displayed’ (v. endeiknumi)? A great assumption is made by many interpreters that ‘rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms’ must be ‘spiritual’ beings in heaven. But it could just as easily mean ‘rulers and authorities’ of other galaxies and planets located in the ‘heavenly realms’ of the Universe. Far-fetched? Is it any less far-fetched to believe that in a 200+ million galaxies Universe we are God’s only ‘creation’ – in need of His mercy and grace through Yeshua Ha’Mashiach?
God has an ‘eternal purpose’ and He has graciously allowed us to be a part of it. Turn, remember the ‘incomparable riches of God’s grace expressed in His kindness to us’ in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach’, remember in whom you have placed your trust.
The Lord is coming!