The Mystery of His Will (Ephesians 1:1-14)

“In Him we have obtained an inheritance, have been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Ephesians 1:11

Last week I had the honor of sharing Christ with a 73-year-old man who is dying with cancer.  His name was given to me by his brother who lives on the opposite end of our state.  He called our church and left his brother’s address.  He was concerned about his eternal destiny.  John and I found his house and knocked on the door.  We were greeted by his wife and then beckoned to come in.  She proceeded to go and get her husband who was asleep in the bedroom.  She returned with her husband who was clearly in the last stages of cancer.  As we sat down, I felt the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit.  I also felt the strong urgency of this moment.  The gospel was shared, Randal’s eyes were opened, and Jesus came in.

As I thought about this moment of mercy and grace, I found myself locked into our More For Christ readings.  The book of Ephesians gives us Pauls great treatise on the doctrine of grace.  Here in chapter one we see the mystery of his will.  When I consider God’s grace to Randal and God’s grace to me, I am amazed at the mystery of His will.  Here is and outline of these verses:

1.  I am overwhelmed with His blessings, Vs: 3-10

This great God blessed us by choosing, adopting, and redeeming us.  This great God has showered us with his riches of grace and his rich understanding.

2.  I am overjoyed with His blessings, Vs: 11-14

How can we do anything less than give him praise for all he has done. He has given us, grace, His Spirit, and His sealing for eternity.  We are His.  All I can do is say thank you!!!

Oh the great mystery of a great God who would save sinners such as you and I.  Today, I challenge you to give praise to our Great God and I challenge you to share the message of Grace!!!  The mystery of his will could be revealed this very day.

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