THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
Chapter
1:8b-10 - The Study
"He made known to us the mystery of His will"

J. Deering, AncientPath.net


THE 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
              according to  
                  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,  
                          that is,  
                          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

(1:8b)
            
which He lavished upon us.   (made abundant toward us)
In all wisdom and insight (which He lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight.)
(1:9)
    He made known
to us (He is making known to us)
        the mystery
of His will,
          
according to
                His kind intention (
His good pleasure)
                
which He purposed
                    
in Hi

"In all wisdom and insight"
Who else but of God could we use the phrase "in all wisdom and insight." The actions of God take place in the greatest mystery of all, eternity. Theologians speak of Eternity past, present, and future. They do this to help us understand eternity in terms of time, but there in eternity, there is no past, present, or future. Time is a place where humans live. We live in the linear creation of God. Time passes for us and we are able to measure our lives by it, but not so God. He has well considered the consequences of every act. He has considered every action with all, not just some, wisdom and insight. Imagine that! God has actually totally and completely considered the ramifications of your salvation and saved you anyway. How great is His love for us!

"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."


(1:10)
"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

THE VISUALIZED TEXT (NASB) 1  (conjunctions & prepositions underlined, words not in original text in italics)  (alternate text in purple)

(1:8b)

            
which He lavished upon us.   (made abundant toward us)
In all wisdom and insight (which He lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight.)
(1:9)
    He made known
to us (He is making known to us)
        the mystery
of His will,
          
according to
                His kind intention (
His good pleasure)
                
which He purposed
                    
in Hi
(1:10)
with a view to
    an administration
       
suitable to the fullness of the times,   (lit., "of the fullness")
       
that is,
            the summing
up of all things
            
in Christ,
                things
in the heavens and (lit., "upon the heavens")
                things
upon the earth., in Him.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - "He made known to us the mystery of His will," 1:8b-10

(1:8b)
"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.

(1:9)
"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?"
        Simple Past.
3.    What does that tense imply?
       
It is done and complete - His will is made known to us.
4.    To whom?
        To us.
5.    Whose will?
        God the Father.
6.    Why was god's will a mystery until this time?
        Not His whole will but the mystery embedded in His will. According to these verses it was part of the original plan and that plan was purposed in Jesus Christ and it was in the Kindness of God's will that it was a mystery revealed at this time.
7.    What is God's will?
        In this instance His will is that this mystery would be made know.
8.    In what manner was the mystery made known?
        Both through the Father's Kindness and his Purpose.
9.    Who is the "His," of "His kind intention?"
        God the Father.
10.  How does this correspond to the "according to" in Verses 1:5 and 1:7?
        (1:5) predestined according to the Kind Intention of His will and (1:7) and in the riches of His grace.
11.  Which "who," purposed in "whom?"
        God the Father purposed In Jesus Christ His Son.
12.  Define "Purposed."
        This was all done with a purposed plan that was made before the foundations of the world. It was determined then and acted upon according to plan.
13.  What is the significance of "In Him?"
        Nowhere else can redemption, forgiveness, and the revelation of God's brilliant plan for mankind be found apart from the finished work of Jesus Christ.

(1:10)
"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"
1.    What does "with a view to" mean?
        Part of the plan was a predetermined time when it would be perfect for all things to be "summed up" in Christ Jesus.
2.    What is an "administration?"
        A period of time under an authority. Specifically no longer under the Old Covenant and now under the New Covenant where Jesus Christ is the Authority, it is now under His administration.
3.    What is the significance of "suitable?"
        Part of the plan was that at the appropriate moment in time everything would be perfect for Jesus Christ to come into administration.
4.    When is "The fullness of times?"
        That moment in time when all things in God's plan were complete before the introduction of the Messiah, Savior, Jesus Christ.
5.    What is the significance of "the summing up?"
        According to God's plan each new event was added atop each old event until all was summed up. An accounting of each moment before Jesus Christ.
6.    How many things will be summed up?
        All.
7.    What are "The things in Heaven?"
        All of creation that is in the heavenlies. Angels, demons, powers and dominions, and all other created things there.
8.    What are "The things on the earth?"
        All of creation that is part of earthly things. Men, Women, powers and dominions, and all other created things there.
9.    Where are they summed up?
        In Christ!

BIBLE REFERENCE - "He made known to us the mystery of His will," 1:8b-10

(1:9)
    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

(1:10)

    Mark 1:15 - The time is fulfilled
    Colossians 1:16, 20 - All things created by Him, for Him, and through Him
    Ephesians 3:15 - Every family in Heaven and on earth
    Philippians 2:9 f. - God exalted Him ... name above every name ...


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