Posts Tagged ‘mystery of his will’

We explore once more the mystery

September 7, 2018

Colossians-1 28

The Verse of the Day for September 7, 2018 comes from Colossians 1:28, but to comprehend more fully, we need to examine the preceding verses as well where Paul makes reference to the Church, the Body of Christ which is described in a most unusual manner:

Ephesians 1:26-28 (Revised Standard Version):

26 the mystery hidden for ages and generation but now made manifest to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.

A previous blog entry devoted to this passage from Colossians 1:27-28 mentions the concept of “the mystery” which Dr. Mark Hanby refers to as part of the “progressive revelation of God”—reflected in God’s desire for a dwelling place, displayed in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness (first dimension) leading to Solomon’s Temple (second dimension), and culminating in the Temple of the Living God, the body of Christ (third dimension).

Derived from the Greek word musterion, translated “sacred secret,” the essence of “this mystery” is that Jews and Gentiles would be united in one body, the Body of Christ. The late Morris Cerullo referred to this concept as the greatest miracle since the creation of Adam and Eve.” This “great mystery” was hidden in Christ before the foundations of the Earth.  Had Satan known this mystery or great secret, the Scriptures declare that he never would have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul was the first to receive this revelation, as the context of the Verse of the Day indicates.

In Chapter 3 of Ephesians, Paul speaks of the spiritual impact that the Church, the Body of Christ, was designed to demonstrate:

Ephesians 3:10 (New Living Translation)

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

God’s desire is that members of the Body of Christ, both individually and corporately, might know and apprehend more fully the meaning of the mystery of the one body. Because Jesus Christ broke down the middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles, we can now see what others could not see. Moses in the Wilderness glimpsed the backside of the glory of God from the cleft of the rock. Even then, the presence of the glory of God was so brilliant that a veil or covering had to be placed over his face when he spoke to the Children of Israel.

In the Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, the Queen of Sheba also glimpsed the backside of the glory of God from the Court of the Gentiles. Such a glance overwhelmed her, leaving her speechless. In contrast, the believers today are members of the Body of Christ described in this unique way:

2 Corinthians 3:18 (New Living Translation):

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Another synonym for mystery is “secret counse,l” used to describe “mystery of His will” used in Ephesians 1:9, one of the verses to introduce this poetic reflection

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and  

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

 

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 

Ephesians 1:9

 

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As His will unfolds, we too see just how close we are.

He draws us even closer to bless and refresh,

As we know Him intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore once more the mystery of His will.

Now that the great secret is no longer a mystery, we can share the riches of the glory of this mystery which is Christ in you and me, the hope of glory”:

We close as Charlie LeBlanc offers this musical reminder that it’s “Christ in You!” (Hosanna! Music)”:

 

Mystery of His will: Perfect wisdom of our God

April 4, 2018

Ephesians-1 7

Today, April 4, 2018, we examine the Verse of the Day found in Ephesians 1:7, but to understand to a greater degree what the Scriptures are saying about the “will of God,” we are going to look at verses 7-10 in the Revised English Version:

Ephesians 1:7-10:

in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our transgressions, according to the riches of his grace,

8which he lavished on us in all wisdom and prudence;

9having made known to us the sacred secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he planned beforehand in him, Christ,

10for the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

This passage makes reference to “the sacred secret of his will” while the New King James Version speaks of “the mystery of His will.” These expressions also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9

 The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and                                              

 knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,                                                     

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

 

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,         

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 

Ephesians 1:9

 

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As God’s will unfolds, the depth of His love we now see.

We draw even closer that He might bless and refresh,

As we come to know Him even more intimately.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore once more the mystery of His will.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will.  Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known the mystery of His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

Keith and Kristyn Getty offer a glorious benediction for our discussion: “Perfect Wisdom of Our God”:

The mystery of His will

November 6, 2015

Ephesians 1-9The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2015 comes from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the New Living Translation:

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

In a blog entry posted a year ago, I commented on this passage from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the King James Version which used the expression “the mystery of his will,” a phrase relating to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness 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:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore, as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As mysteries unfold, we see just how vast they are.

We draw even closer that He might bless and refresh,

As we know Him intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

When I located this poem, I noticed the date on which it was originally written: November 6, 2009. When I included the poem in my entry a year ago, I did not notice the date. The phrase from the New Living Translation also comes to mind: “. . . at the right time. . .” I smiled as I noticed this providential intersection of time.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

“The Fullness of Time,” the musical composition performed by Bukas Palad is based on a phrase used in Ephesians 1:9:

Mystery of His will

November 6, 2014

Ephesians 1-9

The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2014 relates to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness 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:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9:

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,  

according to his good pleasure

which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of Your wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as you unfold the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where You freely pour out Your spirit upon all flesh.

As Your will unfolds, we too see just how vast You are.

We draw even closer that You might bless and refresh,

As we know You intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.