Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (Perhaps knowing about these All Things will open up Spiritual insight for us)
In the Father's Eternal Plan all things revolve around Christ. Through time, the Father is gathering together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth (Eph. 1:10). What a flawless eternal plan, the Father has? Are not all things were created by, through and for Christ? Do you think that knowing more about all things in Christ, might open up some real Spiritual insight for us? How do you rightly divide the Word of truth on all things and see what the Father has in store for us? Are these not challenging but exciting days for us in the Spirit? Holy Spirit be our teacher, revealer, and guide into all things of our Father and the Son.
"Christ Who ever is the image of the invisible God the Father, the first of all creation. Because by Him were all things once then created, all things in the heavens, and upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or principalities, or authorities, all things have already been completely created through Him and for Him" (Col. 1:15,16, Expanded Greek translation, used here and primarily used throughout this article).
First, All Things of Creation are from, through, and to Christ
Christ, the Living Word, is the Creator of all things in the universe (Col. 1:15,16). Paul also states, "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things" (Rom. 11:36). From or by Him are the things God actively directs or initiates. Through Him are the things that God works together through Christ in us and through us as we partner with Him. To or for Him are the things God, through our own choices in His permissive will, that we do for Him and/or He turns around for good (Rom. 8:28). So if I use a little math, where the sum of the parts equals the whole, it will look as follows: (1) Things from or by Him + (2) Things through Him + (3) Things to or for Him = the Sum of all things. However, please notice that the sum of all things do not fall into the active column where God directs or initiates. There are two (2) other distinct categories as described where we have some part in the love fellowship process.
Second, The Father has Given Christ the Preeminence in All Things
Paul shares with us, "And He – Christ ever is the head of the body, the church, who ever is the beginning, the firstborn out of the dead, that in all things He might at intervals be ever having the preeminence" (Col. 1:18, EGT). The Father has placed Christ the Head of all things in the universe, including the Body of Christ. "For He – the Father has put all things under His – Christ's feet" (I Cor 15:27, EGT). All things here, clearly mean all things. "And all things already subjected under His – Christ's feet, and to Him – Christ then gave to be the head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22, EGT). The Father has given the Son "all power and authority in heaven and earth" (Matt 28:18). Rebirthed sons have the preeminient Son birthed in them with His power, authority, and eternal life.
Third, The Father Has Reconciled All Things Unto Himself in Christ
Paul states, "For it once then pleased the Father that in Him – Christ all the fullness should once then indwell. And by Him – Christ to once then reconcile all things to Himself – the Father" (Col. 1:19,20a, EGT). All fullness is in Christ and the Father accepts the Son and His finished work of Christ on the cross to reconcile us to Himself. If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation and "all things of the Spirit have already completely become new" (II Cor. 5:17a,c). "All old things of the unrenewed mind and flesh are at intervals being rendered void" (II Cor. 5:17b). "Now all things are of God, who once then reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ" (II Cor. 5:18). The all things here are not speaking of all things in the universe, but strictly all things that revolve around our reconciliation in the Spirit and our mind renewal by the Holy Spirit (II Cor. 5:17).
Fourth, The Holy Spirit Searcheth and Reveals All Things of Depth to Us
Paul clearly tells us that the natural eye, ear or heart cannot comprehend the depths of God (I Cor 2:9). "But God has once then revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit ever searches all things, even the depths of God" (I Cor. 2:10, EGT). We need the help of the Holy Spirit to reveal and rightly divide all things to us. We must rightly divide the word of truth (II Tim. 2:15). If we mix everything up together in a spiritual blender and make no rightly divided discernment and distinctions, we will have only spiritual confusion. "Also the spiritual one ever discerns all things, yet he by no one is ever discerned" (I Cor. 2:15, EGT). The one who has Christ living and expressed in them and has a mind renewed by the Holy Spirit properly discerns all things. Paul declares, "We ever have the mind of Christ "(I Cor. 2:16b, EGT). All the time, we ever have the mind of Christ. It is "God, Who ever quickens all things" (I Tim. 6:13a, EGT).
Fifth, The Great Exchange of All Things of the Flesh with the Spirit
Paul says, "But indeed I also continually esteem all things to ever be loss, through the preeminence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whom I once then suffered loss of all things, and continually esteem them as refuse, that I may once then gain Christ " (Phil 3:8, EGT). We must make quality decisions to exchange all things of the flesh with the all things of the Spirit. This is our part in the partnership and cooperation with the Holy Spirit as He renews the mind. We willingly do this as He directs and we look at things through His eye. "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the author of their salvation complete through sufferings" (Hebr. 2:10). After our salvation, we will learn much through sufferings in our life, as a part of His divine plan. "And we already know that to those ever loving God, all things ever co-work into good, to those ever being called according to purpose" (Rom. 8:28, EGT). These are the all things that we or others have done in His permissive will that He co-works it to good.
Sixth, I Can Do All Things Through Christ with His Joy and His Love
Paul says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13). The Word says, "the joy of the Lord is my strength" (Neh. 8:10). Our joy is full when we have a full love fellowship with the Father and the Son (I John 1:3,4). Christ also provides strength in, by, and through us with the agape love life for others. His agape kind of love, "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Agape love never fails" (I Cor. 13:7,8a). The agape love of Christ in us and through us for others provides His unfailing strength.
Seventh, The Father Conforms Us to The Son Through Whom We Live
Paul tells us "For all things are yours" (I Cor. 3:21). In context, these all things are in, by, and through Christ who now lives in the Spirit rebirthed sons in this new creation life. "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. 8:32). The Father gives us all things through Christ and His finished work on the cross, even difficult things. "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Rom. 8:37). The Father is working all things to conform us to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:28,29). "Yet for us there is only one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live" (I Cor. 8:6).