Ephesians 1:9–11 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. In fact, I favor it so much that I wrote an entire book around this passage.
In my book, I explain how this mystery is no longer hidden from the world. Until Christ came to show us what God was really like, man and angel alike have long attempted to decipher this mystery. Praise be to God that he has finally lifted the veil from our eyes!
In my book, Hell in a Nutshell: The Mystery of His Will, I usually quote Scripture from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. Consider the wording of the New Living Translation (NLT):
“God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 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. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” —Ephesians 1:9-11 NLT
Let’s carefully consider the NLT’s wording of this passage.
“God has now (finally, after hundreds of years of us attempting to work it out in our heads) revealed to us his mysterious will (the mystery of his will) regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. (The mystery of his will was primarily to fulfill his good plan for all of creation through Christ, but how?) And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—(to clarify “everything” for those who may try to limit that word:) everything in heaven and on earth. (Again, his good plan was to unite everything in Christ; not just some, but all.)
”Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” (Everything works our according to his plan. It was his plan for some Jews to believe first and for some gentiles to follow in the faith. Furthermore, it is his plan to unite everyone and everything else in the fullness of times.) —Ephesians 1:9-11 NLT
God has chosen us: the human race. For far too long, we have been told that God has chosen some and abandoned the rest. Does that sound like a good plan? His plans are much better than that.
If you would like to look deeper into this mystery, which has been revealed through Christ, this is a good place to start!
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