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Ephesians 3:11 – The purpose of the eons

12-06-2018 - Posted by Andre Piet

…the multifarious wisdom of God, in accord with the purpose of the eons, which He makes in Christ Jesus, our Lord…

If the multifarious wisdom of GOD is demonstrated somewhere, it is in “the purpose” or “the plan of the eons”. Before the eons started, GOD had already prepared his plan. During world eras, he would ‘roll out’ his purpose. Just like an architect and a construction engineer have elaborated all according to their own specifications. With the building plan as a guide and an accurate time schedule in which everything is realized.

Paul mentions “the eons” in this letter in many ways. He writes about “the past eons”, “the present eon”, “the future eon”, “the coming eons”, “the eon of the eons” and so on. The common Bible translations have made ‘eon’ to be an endless eternity. That is disastrous! For by doing so, it is made impossible for the Bible reader to understand anything of GOD’s “purpose of the eons”. Wrath, judgement and punishment for the eon will then become endless. And that takes away not only the view of God’s purpose, but also the view on the evangel. For then Christ can no longer be “the Savior of the world”. No, eons begin with GOD but also end in Him!