Warning: the following post is one of those thinking out loud things, not a fully resolved thing. Consider and respond? Good. Copy and teach as is? Not good. J Cheers J
God had a plan of a creation in which he dwells in a full and gracious way: 1 Corinthians 15:28
Then comes the end, when he (Jesus the Messiah) delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
(1 Corinthians 15:24-28)
The Son incarnates in Jesus.
The Spirit incarnates in the Church.
The Father ‘incarnates’ in everything in the age to come.
Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
The great unification is not monistic but incarnational.
Here is my really big leap: The plan of God required the fall for incarnational glory. Naïve man is subject to delusion. Redeemed and completed (telosed) man is not. God’s glory being known is the ultimate goal (God’s meaningful union with creation, though without absorption). The demonic are created for the purpose of leading in the playing out of the logic of rebellion.
We are headed to a mature creation that is capable of understanding good and evil such that good is genuinely known as complete (Adam/Eve had to wonder, the church won’t [when telosed]).