Day 12 – Ephesians 1v9

having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
Our verse today introduces us to one of the mysteries of God. The term mystery, musterion in the Greek, is used fifteen times in the New Testament. Thirteen times it is used by Paul in his epistles and twice it is used by John in Revelation.  In fact five of those mentions are in the book of Ephesians alone and another three are in Colossians which is a companion letter to Ephesians sharing many of the same themes.  Paul intentionally uses this term mystery to convey to his readers the truths that are partially revealed in the First Covenant or Old Testament but which are fully revealed through the person and work of Jesus Christ in the Gospel.
People often say when trying to ponder the ways of God that “God works in mysterious ways,” and certainly God declares in Isaiah 55 v8-9 that My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” However the context of these verses is the wonder that God abundantly pardons even the vilest offender, a mystery amazing yet fully revealed in the New Testament.
It is not God’s intention to keep us in the dark concerning His will.  Jesus said His sheep know His voice John 10v27.  Jesus also said in John 14v9 if you have seen Me you have seen the Father.  So the very purpose of Jesus coming was to reveal the mystery of the Father to us.  Therefore if we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1v7) there is no need for us to remain in the dark concerning the Father or His will.  It is God’s very intention to reveal to His sons and daughters the deep mysteries of His kingdom, which is why there are fifteen occasions in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit is revealing mysteries previously hidden.
Now certainly there will be times in which it seems that we do not understand why particular events have taken place, such as the loss of a loved one, an illness that comes knocking or an injustice that we encounter. But in fact we do know; God’s Word tells us why such things occur.  Firstly this present world as of right now is still in its fallen state, a state in which Satan is still at large to steal, kill and destroy and in which bad things do happen to good people.  This state will continue right up to the very Day in which Jesus Christ Returns to bring in His righteous government.  Secondly God has clearly stated in His Word (see below) that tests soon give way to testimonies, challenges are overcome by character and that fights build faith!
So let me encourage us today to know that if we are children of God, those who have surrendered to the LORDship of Jesus Christ, then we can know the very will of God.  In fact it is right there written in black and white, recorded for everyone who will seek the LORD while He may be found, transcribed right from the very heart of God to us in the BIBLE.
So there is no need for us to be in the dark, no need for us to fumble around, no need for us to grasp at straw.  God has revealed to us the mysteries of heaven so it stands to reason that He will show us the way tomorrow!
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119v105
Heavenly Father, thank you that You have brought us into Your light and have revealed Your kingdom to us having made known to us the mystery of Your will, according to Your good pleasure which You purposed in Yourself.  Give us courage today to share Your revealed will to others and help us to walk in the light of Your will for us, individually and corporately.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.  8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5

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