THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
TRIUNE BLESSING 1:3-2:22
Blessed by the Revelation of His Will to Every Believer. 1:8b-10
|08b In all wisdom and insight|
|09 He made known to us||FATHER MADE KNOWN THE MYSTERY|
|the mystery of His will,||FATHER'S WILL|
|His kind intention which||FATHER'S KIND INTENTION|
|He purposed in Him||FATHER PURPOSED IN CHRIST|
|10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times,|
|the summing up of all things in Christ,||ALL THINGS SUMMED UP IN CHRIST|
|things in the heavens and things upon the earth.|
COMMENTARY - "He made known to us the mystery of His will," 1:8b-10
"In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will"
Using the alternate reading, "In all wisdom and insight...," we see that after this careful consideration, that took place in eternity, God chose to reveal the mystery of His will to us. Almighty God has chosen to reveal to puny little men and women the mysteries of His will. Thanks be to God for His great outpouring of grace upon us.
The Father has made known the mystery of His will
There are several "mysteries" reported in God's Word. Merrill Unger reports at least eleven major mysteries in the Word (Merrill F. Unger, "Unger's Bible Dictionary," Moody Press, p.769).
1. The mysteries of the kingdom of
heaven (Matthew 13:3-50)
2. The mystery of the translation of the living saints at the end of the Church age (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:14, :17)
3. The mystery of the Church as the Body of Christ, composed of saved Jews and Gentiles of this age (Ephesians 3:1-11; 6:19; Colossians 4:3)
4. The mystery of the Church as the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:28-32)
5. The mystery of "Christ in us the Hope of glory" (Galatians 2;20; Colossians 1:26-27)
6. The "mystery of God, even Christ" (Colossians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 2:7). This involves Christ as the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form.
7. The mystery of iniquity (2 Thessalonians 2:7; Matthew 13:33)
8. The mystery of the operation by which man is restored to Godliness (1 Timothy 3:16)
9. The mystery of Israel's blindness during the gospel age (Romans 11:25)
10. The mystery of the seven stars (Revelation 1:20)
11. The mystery of Babylon, the harlot (Revelation 7:5, :7)
I often have the question asked of me, "how can I know the will of God in my life." The answer from God is both simple and very complex at the same time. It contains some of the deepest and greatest meanings for the Christian and his daily walk with the Lord.
Why does God make known His will to us, because it pleases Him to do so. Not to confuse us but to make Him known to us. I am often disheartened by those who constantly say, "I find the bible difficult to understand." God has gone way out of His way to make sure that His word is fully revealed and understood by His creatures. If it has become difficult it is because of the hardness of our hearts. We no longer find the time to seek knowledge, and understanding of Him.
A further study on "The Will Of God" is available at this link.
Purpose in Christ Jesus
All that God has considered as the work of His Son, Jesus, has been completely thought through and now revealed through Jesus, is considered to be "His purpose." The knowing of the Father's will is according to "His kind intentions" toward us. His intention toward us is: The Gospel would be presented to us, we would be called and predestined, we would be redeemed and gain a place in God's purpose. All brought about because "He was pleased to do so." It was His "kind intention."
"with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth., (In Him)"
"Suitable to the Fullness of the Times"
God, in Christ, has brought together the appropriate time and place (the Church Age - Christ's ascension to His second coming) to demonstrate His mercy and grace. He brings the church, the Body of Christ, into being for the expressed purpose of administering that mercy and grace to those who would, by free choice, believe on His son as Savior and Lord.
This assembled body of believers would be His method of bringing His word, His Son, and His Spirit to the world.
Through the church His will is made known. God calls those who would believe. They answer "in faith," by believing in His Son Jesus. He saves each one as they come, and in a moment of time the believing individual is shifted from hostility toward God and abject hopelessness to absolute pardon, redemption, and reconciliation with Him. You are "Saved" with eternity in view.
"God's purpose is to sum all things in Christ, the things in heaven and the things on earth -- to bring all things to a head. History is a perpetually increasing incarnation of life, whose climax and crown is the divine fullness of life in Christ...Christ is the only giver of life to man as He is the only giver of life to the universe" (Whiton, Gloria Patri, P. 88-92).
VISUALIZED TEXT - "He made known to us the mystery of His will," 1:8b-10
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - "He made known to us the mystery of His will," 1:8b-10
"which He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight"
1. What does "in all wisdom" mean?
Simple as answering what All means - All means All, therefore All Wisdom means All Wisdom - After all we're talking about Almighty God and He possesses All Wisdom.
2. What does "in all insight" mean?
Similar to answer #1 above. Insight is the ability to see situations for what they really mean and are. God has the ability to be absolutely discerning and in that He has all insight.
3. What is the significance of the word "all?"
We'll probably say this a hundred times during this study, but "All means All."
4. Grace Lavished
"God's Riches at Christ's Expense" Grace is the outpouring of God's love to us through His Son Jesus Christ. It is lavished, heaped, saturated, etc. upon us.
5. His will made known - in all insight and wisdom, which He purposed
God is a God of revelation. He wants us to know Him. He wants us to know His will. This attribute of God is part of His purpose - He purposed that His will would be made known.
"He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him"
1. Who is the "He" in this verse?
God the Father.
2. What verb tense is "made known?"
3. What does that tense imply?
BIBLE REFERENCE - "He made known to us the mystery of His will," 1:8b-10
Romans 11:25 - The Mystery
Romans 16:25 - The Mystery
Ephesians 1:11 - According to His purpose
Ephesians 3:3 - By revelation
Luke 12:32 - Your Father has chosen gladly
1 Corinthians 1:21 - God was well pleased
Galatians 1:15 - He was pleased
Philippians 2:13 - His good pleasure
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