The Mystery of God’s Will, Ephesians 1:9, According to God’s Good Pleasure

 Ephesians 1

King James Version (KJV)

Ephesians 1

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10That 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:

11In 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:

12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

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5 thoughts on “The Mystery of God’s Will, Ephesians 1:9, According to God’s Good Pleasure

  1. Ma says:

    I've seriously thought about going verse by verse through Ephesians, but meat-y indeed it is.I wonder what Paul means here:10That 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:

  2. God's will truly is a mystery to me…that passage is one of the most beautiful, Paul was/is a wonderful writer. I love Colossians also 🙂

  3. Hi Ma & Susan! Hope you both had a great Independence Day. Mine was spent camping and hiking and biking with family, was unplugged from internet, very refreshing for all.I think verse 10's "dispensation of the fulness of times" and all before and after in the entire chapter details God's plan from the 1st thought he had for us. He desired it to be so, that is the thing man cannot understand. God's thoughts aren't our thoughts, heavenly Father, that we read here Paul's "ramble" of awe that we are included in the plan for eternity by Jesus Christ His Only Begotten Son. Dispensation here means distributing out what God had in store for those who believe that Jesus is the mystery unfathomable to any other than believers. It is kind of a ramble to us today because we have been "modernized" and have had much of the richness of our English vocabulary taken away from us. The good old 1828 Webster is my remedy, when context fails me, it fills in the rest. The KJV is archaic when we compare it with today, but in reality we are just regaining what we've been robbed of!:)

  4. Hi Musemater,Thanks for clearing that up about the word "dispensation". Sometimes I read the word the way it has been reworked in modern usage, and, well, dispensation as you well know, means era or period of time, so that really confuses that passage, but when the right meaning is supplied it clears it right up! Hope you had a blessed weekend 🙂 my 4th was at the hospital where I work, but it was nice 😀 I want to go camping! Sounds wonderful!

  5. Hi Susan, camping is a good way to change perspective, just changing the usual way we do things kind of kicks in the reset button! Food tastes gooooood under the trees with the Big Dipper peeking through the leaves!

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