8. a. to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ, v10
b. Christ is in heaven, ruling with the Father, but the times have not reached their fulfillment because sin is still active in the world and there are still souls to be brought back into the flock
9. a. state of great splendor & magnificence. God is glorious, because of this he does these things and in so that glory shown
b. by better reflecting – light is His, show His glory, not try to substitute my own. I need to pray more, private and with people.
10. a. chosen, heard, believed, marked with seal
b. The Holy Spirit is deposited in the person – no longer the same. This indwelling also is the deposit guaranteeing inheritance
11. the authorization and testimony of God is given. This assures, confirms and binds the ownership and promise
This passage reminded me of John 17:20-23 where Jesus prays for us to experience the unity that He has with God the Father. Jesus lived a human life as a reflection of God the Father. Luke 10:22, “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Where am I going with this? It makes me think about being with really close friends as a kid, arms crossing over each other, legs crossed, crossing over, totally entwined, to the point you couldn’t tell who was who or what was what. That is the real answer to 9b that Jesus teaches. Jesus, while fully human having stepped down from living as a spiritual being, was so connected with the Father that you couldn’t tell one from the other, they were one. And, through the Holy Spirit, He invites us into that unity, community, family.
We are not meant to be diverse, to be different, to be proud, to be respected, or to be accepted. We are meant to be so communed with the Trinity that when someone sees us, they see God. That is glorious!