Ephesians 1:9-10 – God’s secret plan

June 2, 2020 at 12:09 PM Leave a comment

Paul continues his lengthy spiritual blessing by writing about God’s secret plan…

v.9,“God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.” Paul now starts to write about God’s secret plan and how God is now decided to reveal it to us. “God has now revealed to us” or “made known” NIV which means something that was formerly hidden but is now made known. The idea behind God’s secret plan was it was not revealed to us yet because God chose not to reveal it. “Us” is believers, all believers. The reason Paul says it is now revealed to us is because up to this point “his mysterious will regarding Christ” was just that, a mystery. Paul is writing about the plan of salvation for all mankind and up to this point the whole plan has been a mystery. This mystery is God’s plan or God’s will. God has chosen to finally reveal his secret plan to the world which was only possible because of Christ. In the NIV it uses the phrase “according to his good pleasure,” it pleased God to make known to all believers the mystery of his will.

v.10,“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.” This verse is a continuation of v.9, Paul starts to reveal “the plan” or in the MSG “long-range plan” referring to God’s plan finally to be revealed. “At the right time” is talking about God’s timing. Sometime in the future that God only knows. “He will bring everything together” or “put into effect” NIV is talking about administration. This is referring to management of a household or in this case God’s management of his secret plan. Christ will put everything into effect according to God’s timing. “Under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth” is a time in the future only God knows (a universal reconciliation) where all creation will be brought back to its rightful owner and creator, under the authority of Christ. Sin holds people in bondage and caused all creation to fall from the perfect state in which God created it. One day in the future God will fix everything. When that day arrives everything in heaven and on the earth will be brought back under one head which is Christ. Examples in Scripture are: Rev 7:11 (angels), Phil 2:10-11 (every person – in heaven and on the earth – even under the earth) and Rom 8:20-21 (creation). 

Doctrine of universalism: in the verses above it doesn’t mean God will eventually save everyone. In the end, every knee WILL bow, but for some, it will be too late. Because they have refused to believe (Jew or Gentiles) they will face the consequences of their unbelief (Matt 25:31-46).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? God has chosen to complete his secret plan through Christ, in his timing (only when he knows). Where all creation, both in heaven and on earth, will be returned to where it belongs, under the authority of Christ. Nothing happens on chance, God has a plan for everything, even me. So I can trust him to guide me as I live my life for him.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Because of God’s plan I know that someday this terrible world we live in will be redeemed. Eventually every knee will bow and every person will realize that Jesus is Lord. But they will not all be saved from the consequences  of their unbelief, so I need to get the word out. I need to be a missionary for God wherever I live. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt 28:19-20.

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