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God’s Will and My Will: no longer a mystery

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 
Ephesians 1:9-10

 I am on a quest to round out what I know about God’s will this week. As Paul prayed for the folks in Colosse, I too wish to be filled with the knowledge of (God’s) will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9). Whatever I am lacking Lord, please fill me up. Glad to have you on board ladies.  


How many of you consider God’s will a mystery? Not so. God actually was delighted to reveal His will to us, in Jesus. Previously the Father had hinted at Christ and His perfect plan to redeem His people. All of Israel expected a Messiah to rescue them from their various oppressors, when what they really needed was to be rescued from themselves.


Their plan was minuscule, God’s plan magnificent. Theirs was an earthly kingdom; His reached all the way to heaven and back. Christ was to be the head, and all things heavenly and earthly were to come together in unison, under Him.    


Where Paul’s words are sketchy, Jesus fills in the details in His prayer just prior to His arrest. He had done what He came to do: “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4). And that work? Specifically, Jesus was “granted authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those (God) had given him” (John 17:2). Then He went on to say: “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:22-23).


There you have it, the big-picture, end-of-time, master-plan of the will of God. It is filled with eternity and glory and unity; it was never intended to be a mystery. God wants us to know His will, to see it as the backdrop for life, against which we can frame all our baby steps along the way.



Nancy P

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