God’s Programme to Close the Age

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)

God has made Jesus head over all things. How does this affect your personal life, your family, your church – and the Church?


God’s Programme to Close the Age

The title of our theme during the coming weeks will be The Headship of Jesus Christ. Those words may not be very familiar to you. I believe that in the years that lie ahead there’s going to be an increasing emphasis in the Body of Christ on the headship of Jesus.

I’d like to give a little background to what we will be dealing with about God’s plan for winding up this age. There is a passage in Acts 3 which seems to me to give a very clear outline of God’s programme to close the age. It doesn’t mean that we know everything but it does give us a kind of outline. These words were spoken by the apostle Peter to a crowd of Jewish people in Jerusalem. But in a sense, they’re addressed to all God’s covenant people. This is what he said in Acts 3:19-21:

"Repent therefore and be converted [or turn back to God], that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive [and I add ‘and must retain’] until the times [or the period] of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began [or since time began]."

This is a theme of all God’s prophets. It’s the climax of the age, it’s the climax of all God’s purposes of redemption. Peter, whether he was conscious of it or not, outlined the steps that will lead up to this climax. I’ve often said that you can summarise them in four English words, all of which begin with the letters RE. The first one is staring you right in the face. Repent. Whenever God’s people get away from Him and lose out and miss God’s blessing, there is one essential move back to God which you cannot omit. There’s no other way back to God than by repentance.

When we repent and meet God’s conditions, God blesses us with refreshing. That’s a stimulation, it’s a new upsurge of life. A lot of people have been refreshed in the last two decades but many of them haven’t realised that refreshing is not the end purpose of God, it’s just a step on the way.


PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank You that You have worked in my life through Your Holy Spirit and led me to repentance. Thank You that, in Your grace and mercy, You have shown me my sinful ways, and guided me onto Your way of blessing, peace, holiness and wholeness through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ. Praise Your Name! Amen.


These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.