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:
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones is widely regarded by many to be among the greatest commentators on Ephesians in all of human history. God gifted him with the ability to do tremendous exposition. I was blessed to receive as a Christmas gift from my wife his entire 8 volume work on Ephesians. While reading in the first volume today, some truths began to resonate with me. I’d like to share them here.
First of all, if we as finite men and women ever start thinking that we can completely understand the mind and will of God, we’ve set ourselves up for failure and disappointment. Within the mind and will of God are mysteries that no mind of man can ever begin to comprehend. If you don’t believe this, just sit down and read Ephesians. It’s only 6 chapters…shouldn’t take that long. What you’ll find is the word “mystery” is mentioned more in Ephesians than any other book of the Bible.
The mystery of God’s will is His plan for the fullness of time. It is the plan which God will fulfill in His own way, His own time, and according to His own will. The ultimate objective of this plan, as you’ll discover as you read on in Ephesians, is the ultimate summing up of all things in Jesus Christ, for it is in Christ that the entire universe finds its full rationale. Christ gives meaning to everything in existence when it is perceived that He is not only the source and sustainer, but the goal towards which the whole creation is moving.
Secondly, no matter how much we learn about God and His Word, there will always be something more to learn. Although God’s purpose has been made known by inspired men writing under the inspiration of the Spirit, we’ll never be able to know it all. Thankfully (and this is what really blesses my heart), the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about “the riches of his grace”, this is the glorious mystery, as Lloyd-Jones put it, which God has been pleased to reveal to us by His Holy Spirit. But never let us think for a second that just because God has revealed these things to us that we will ever be able to understand and fully comprehend everything there is to know about the mind and the will of God.
May we seek to increase our knowledge of God and His Word while confessing our smallness before Him and thanking Him for His holy will. I’m thankful that I have a God who awesome beyond my comprehension. Is your God awesome beyond your comprehension? Are his thoughts higher than your thoughts? Are his ways past finding out? If not, I pray you’ll come to know my God, the true and the living God, the creator of Heaven and Earth, and your maker who created you in His very image.
Love in Christ,
Pastor Vern Hall
The Free Gift Gospel Mission
1025 Maple Street
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