Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
The lamb slain from the foundation of the world was "manifested" at the "consumation of the ages" leading me to believe that when you step outside of time you find that if all of existence is a sphere and within that sphere there is a smaller sphere, called the ages, then, at the center of that sphere there would be a "CENTER OF ALL THINGS" and that center would be the Word, a seed, that fell into the ground and died at the "consummation of the ages"- the "apex of all times and seasons"- the defining moment of every thing that was, is and will be- a manifestation of the heart of God, to sacrifice His beloved Son, the REASON FOR EVERYTHING. Then to raise that seed "declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead"- the "firstborn of many brothers"- in order to reveal perfect love fulfilled and, in a "dispensation suitable to the fulness/completion of times" "gather into one all things in Chist" until God becomes all in all and all is love, in love.
We, as members of that brtherhood, are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation, for God, who was in Christ, "reconciling the world to Himself" has entrusted unto us the ministry of reconciliation. The whole creation eagerly awaits our reunion with Him, our "awakening", our "manifestation", our "resurrection"- the redemption of our bodies, at which time we will be "declared to be sons with power by the resurrection of the dead", and join our elder brother in earnest in the restoration of all things- to be fulfilled in the ages to come.
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In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 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.
Are you gathering? or scattering? Peace.