Eph 1:10 "that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth-in Him." NKJV
As I read this morning I realized something as I read this verse: "It is all about Jesus."
When it is all said and done, when what we know as this life is over, when God determines that He is going to come and set up His kingdom here on earth, when the fullness of time is here something is going to happen. He is going to gather together in one all who are Christ's…those who are in heaven and those who are in earth. We are all going to be brought together as one. OT saints are going to be there. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be there. Moses will be there. Joshua will be there. Guys like Peter and Paul and John and all the apostles will be there. Luther will be there. Spurgeon will be there. Moody will be there. My Mom and my Dad will be there. And I will be there with my wife and kids. We will all be gathered together as one. How does this happen? Why does this happen? Because it is all about Jesus. We are "in Christ". We are "in Him".
This verse does not say that all those who did good stuff will be gathered together because of the good stuff they did. This verse does not say that only 144,000 will be there…we all will be. As I prayed this morning I thought about how it seems Islam is sucking everything up in the Middle East. The thing is, those who trust in Mohammed for their salvation will not be there. There is only one way that we will be there, gathered together as one…if we are in Christ. Jesus is the only Way. Jesus is the only truth. Jesus is the only life. No one comes to the Father and is gathered together as one except through Him.
And if we are "in Christ" we have hope. We have this assurance. We have this confidence. When the fullness of time is dispensed, we will all be together with Him, because we are in Him. It's all because of Jesus.