Skip to main content

Ephesians 1:9: The Mystery of His Will

Ephesians 1:9
[9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ  (ESV)

There are so many in this life that think that God is a great mystery.  In fact, many view God as existing, but unknowable.  He is just too mysterious and above them that they fail to reach out and have a relationship with him.  I believe that many of those very people who claim that God is such a mystery want to keep him that way.  They have no actual intentions of solving the mystery of God.

The late Christian singer, Keith Green, said:

"You're so proud of saying you're a seeker
But why are you searching in the dark
You won't find a thing
Until you soften your heart"

To those who want to claim to be seeking out the mysteries of God, without sincerely seeking him, I have news for you.  You are missing out on the greatest revealed mystery of all time!  One of the things that amazes me about God is that he goes out of his way to reveal himself! Hear the psalmist's words:

Psalm 19:1–2
[1] The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. [2] Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. (ESV)

In fact, God has made himself so clear through the revelation of his Creation that men are without excuse who would keep God a mystery:

Romans 1:19–20
[19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. [20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (ESV)

The mystery has been revealed.  Paul tells us in verse 9 of Ephesians 1 that  God is "making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ." Throughout history God has revealed himself in many ways.  Creation.  Prophetic words.  Miracles.  But all of this wonderful revelation culminates in Jesus Christ.  The mystery of God's will is set forth in Christ.

Do you catch the beautiful significance?  God does not just give us hints, shadows, and shades of truth that keep us guessing.  He has given us his perfect son, Jesus Christ.

Mystery solved.  God has revealed himself fully in Jesus Christ.  You can know Jesus!  Are you a seeker?  Search is over.  Ask Jesus to forgive your sins.  Receive him as your Savior.  Believe that he is God's son.  I close with the beautiful words of the Apostle John:

John 1:11–13
[11] He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .

Romans 11:24 [24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV) We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness. There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed. After Jesu

Romans 15:20-21: And Thus I Make It My Ambition To Preach The Gospel, Not Where Christ Has Already Been Named

Romans 15:20–21 [20] and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, [21] but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” (ESV) We need to be reminded continually that the message of the Gospel is intended to move all across the world. Jesus said that his followers were to preach the Gospel, starting in Jerusalem, and continue preaching the Gospel to the whole world. Christians have not always been good at delivering the Gospel message as far and as often as they should. In the first century church it took intense persecution to motivate the disciples in Jerusalem to bring the Gospel to Judea and Samaria. Once the disciples fled to new regions they shared the Gospel wherever they went. Would the disciples have preached the Gospel without the persecution? We may never know. Some probably would have stayed in their co