- Eph 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
- Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
- Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
He redeemed us. He forgave us; and not only that but He abounds toward us in grace in that He wants to share with us now His purposes. It pleases God to have us share the secrets of God.
I wonder if we Christians have ever begun to realize the tremendous place of importance, the tremendous position we have in Christ; the marvelous thing that God has done to bring you and me into a relationship, into a forgiveness, into a redemption, into an acceptance, into a standing before God in Christ where God not only gives us life and forgiveness but He brings us right into His counsel chamber and wants to share with us the secrets of His counsel, of His purpose, of His will.
He has brought us into an intimacy in the very heart of God, where God wants to unfold before you the very secrets of His counsel. He wants to reveal to you His purposes and His will; for men, for the world, for the universe.
Paul mentioned some of them in 1Co 6:1-20 when he said—Don’t you know that we shall judge the world? Don’t you know that we shall judge angels? Don’t you know that your body is a member of Christ? Don’t you know that your body is the sanctuary of God? Don’t you know that you’ve been joined to the eternal God in such a way that He’s brought you right into His own heart? He’s brought you right into His counsel chamber and that He wants to make known to you and to me the very secrets of His purpose?
Now what in the world is this, the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself? The mystery of His will is that God today is doing something new. This is a mystery hidden in God from past ages; the church of Jesus Christ made up of individual Jews and Gentiles. And He not only gave Himself to bring into being this church, but He gave Himself to us. I mean by that that Christ Jesus, God’s Son, and the believer have been made one. We’ve been made one in light, one in purpose, one in body; and this body is called the church.
The mystery of His will is that God should take men and women, Jews and Gentiles, and make them one in His Son. And there’s a time coming when He’s going to gather everything in Christ, whether it be in Heaven or on earth. Christ in that day will be revealed as the one who is pre-eminent. In the dispensation of the fullness of time every created intelligence in heaven, in earth, in hell is going to be under His authority. You also read this in Col 1:16-19.
Jesus Christ is going to stand out as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. One day, every eye shall see Him and they that pierced Him and all the kindreds of the world shall wail because of Him. Think of it! They will wail because of Him, when they see that the one who was supreme over all is none other than the one they have rejected, the one they have despised, the one they have cast out.
I say, is it not wonderful that God has brought you and me not only into redemption and forgiveness but into fellowship with Himself and His purposes and plans? In the ages to come, He is going to show forth the exceeding great riches of His grace and His kindness toward us by Christ Jesus. We can share with God in His future purposes.