The Chroniclles of Ephesians: Mysteries

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. ( The Son of God’s love)

Ephesians 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

The grace, or God’s labor in us which allows us to be a fit and equipped vehicle that displays His glory to the universe, and makes God known, can occur because we have been graciously favored in His beloved Son, or in the Son of His love, Christ Jesus.

Because we are in the Son of His love, likewise God loves us.  Because we are loved, God can favor us with this type of labor.

This is why the revelation of Christ in us is vital. God’s focus is not on us, but on His Son in us.

Part of this favoring can occur because we are experiencing a continual redemption.

Redemption is defined as a “releasing of slaves by the payment of a ransom.”

The ransom money is the blood of Christ.  The forgiveness of sins the actual sending away or discharge of our sins. In the sending way of our sins, our condition becomes as if we have never committed them, since they are now far away from us.  Thus we the penalty for our sins likewise has been remitted. We become the beloved of God because in the eyes of God we are sinless.

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

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

 As we walk in the will and prudence of God we understand more and more the mysteries found within the labor of Christ that pertains to His will.

The understanding of the mysteries of Christ, which define the attributes of His labor within us, in this case the attribute of His will, is called the spirit of revelation.

A mystery is something that was once hidden but is not revealed to our understanding with the aim that we will execute it fully to produce the glory of God.

The revelation of a mystery is our understanding of a portion of God’s inheritance. Our understanding of a mystery becomes one of God’s riches. We carry out the riches of God into the external world through one a spiritual gift resulting in God’s glory.

The more that we understand the mystery of His will, and execute in the riches that make God visible the more that we will live in the superabundance of God.

9 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:

The purpose of manifesting God’s glory to the universe through the church is that God may be progressively known, as the church walks in prudence, by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that in this knowledge of God by the church, He might gather in one all things in Christ.

A dispensation is defined as the administration or the management of a house or property.  In God’s management or administration that focuses on the fullness of times, He will sum up all things into and for Himself.

God uses His saints, His church, to make manifest, progressively known, and effectively, operational within the universe the ongoing activity and consummation of this part of His administration.

10 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:

For this purpose we have received the fullness of God, His inheritance in us, so that through us may be manifested, and may be made operational this part of God’s administration in the saints.

Vine Expository Dictionary – “God made know the mystery of His will, the plan of redemption according to His good pleasure, to bring back an economy peculiar to that point of time when the ages of the Christian dispensation are fulfilled- an economy which should be by the regathering of all things round one point, Christ.”

13  In 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,

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

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

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

 17  That 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,

The hope of the calling is the call and invitation of God that is received with total obedience. When the call is received with obedience and ministry is accomplished in oneness and identicalness to the Spirit it becomes an effectual call, or a call that is full of the powerful energy of God to make it effective, operational and carry out what it is supposed to do through us.

The riches are the unsearchable arrangements and dispositions of God that must be revealed.

Each of the riches defines a portion of the inheritance, which is the deposit of the fullness of Christ within the believer. The riches are to be made known or manifested in the mode of glory. The riches are the inheritance of God within the believer which is God’s fullness made visible.  The saints, by the manifestation of these riches, allow God to effectively operate His dispensation of gathering in one all things in Christ.

The saints are the element in which God’s fullness is deposited, energized and made known as riches in the mode of glory. The manifestation of God’s glory is the effective external manifestation of God as gather in one all things in Christ.

Col 1:22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

The dispensation of the gathering in one all things in the fullness of time, is manifested through the saints in proportion first to their holiness, unblameableness, and unreprovableness of character.

Eph 1:18The 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,

 Ephesians 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who IS POWERFULLY ENERGIZING all things after the counsel of his own will:

Secondly, it is manifested to how closely they answer the hope of the calling, which is the obedient response to the call of God, allowing God to powerfully energize through the saints in power.

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