7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
A lot of what Paul says in Ephesians is everyday Christian knowledge. It is good to review the basics once in awhile. In Christ we have redemption through the blood of Jesus. He forgave us of our sins. We did nothing to deserve it. It was by the riches of his grace. And he has abounded that Grace to us in all wisdom.
I am so glad for the grace of God. When I try to define Grace I usually use the acronym God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. He bore a terrible death so that I could have God’s riches. He willingly went to the cross. He could have called ten thousand angels when they tried to take him in the garden but He did not. He knew the future He faced and He did not back away from it. When He was praying in the garden, He knew what He was going to have to face and He did not back away from it.
Still today, He abounds His grace toward us. He uses His wisdom and His prudence to shower us with grace every single day in the areas where we need it. God is not obliged to give us anything. It’s all by grace that He provides for our daily needs. We can go all the way back to Noah and realize that God can destroy this earth anytime He wants to. But He loves people so much that He won’t do that. He said He never will flood the Earth again, and I’m glad
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That 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:
Paul says God has made known to us the mystery of his will. Do you know the mystery of his will? I know a lot of Christians that say “I need to find God’s will for my life”. Well I’m here to tell you today that His will is sitting right in front of you. You’re reading out of it every single day hopefully. What is the mystery? The mystery is that we can miss it so easily! What did Jesus come to do? He saved the lost, he healed the sick, opened blinded eyes, made the lame to walk, set the captive free and proclaimed the good news. And He told that the things we have seen him do, we should do, and that we will do greater things. That’s His will. Then He told us to go into all the world and preach the gospel. That’s His will.
Eventually Jesus will return and ,Paul says, in the fullness of time He wants to gather us all together. But,, until that time we have work to do. We need to see that people find Christ. That’s His will for our lives. To go out and find souls that are lost and bring them into the kingdom. We need to ask God to heal, deliver them, and sanctify them, just like He has done for us. Then we give thanks to God. Start right where you are, and if God has more for you to do, He will let you know. His will is right in front of you! It’s really pretty simple. Why do we make it so complex.
11 In 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:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
WI discussed predestination last lesson, so I will not go back into that. Paul adds here that we have obtained an inheritance. How did we obtain an inheritance? How many of you know that a will does not go into force until the one who left the will has died? I bet all of you answered yes to that one. Well the word of God is God’s will. And the Word was made flesh and came and dwelt among us (John 1:14). His name is Jesus. And Jesus went to the cross and died. When Jesus died, God’s will then came into force. It became our inheritance. That’s another reason why it is our duty to carry out His will. But along with that, we inherited all the blessings of the word. The fruit of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23), the gifts of the spirit (I Cor 12:8-10), the blessings of obedience (Deut 28:1-13). I could go on and on. I have a few friends who are talking about reading through the bible this year, and this is one reason that is a good idea – you will get to read all the blessings that are ours because of this inheritance.
Now we are not to carry out this will to glorify ourselves and bring praise to our lives! We do all these things in order to bring glory to Jesus Christ and God the Father. He deserves all the praise and all the glory because He’s the one that makes it possible. Never forget that