Speaking humanly, from our underside view of reality – we must not suppose that God’s cosmic plan for reconciliation is “Plan B,” a second-best, back-up plan that God thought up because He failed at creation. For God’s eternal plan predates both the Fall and the creation – it existed in the mind of God —
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. – Ephesians 1:4
This plan includes not only the reconciliation of people to God, but the reconciliation of —
And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. – Ephesians 1:10
Or as Paul puts it in Colossians 1:20, it is God’s intention through Christ —
… through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
Central to this plan is the reconciliation of persons to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. As mind-boggling as the thought is, Scripture teaches that this reconciliation even includes the redemption of the physical universe from the effects of sin as everything is brought under its proper headship in Jesus Christ.