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THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S WILL FOR HIS PEOPLE

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S WILL FOR HIS PEOPLE

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ”.
Ephesians 1:7-9

As believers in Jesus Christ, one thing we all struggle with from time to time is knowing God’s will. In fact, as a pastor, it is probably one of the primary questions people ask. “How can I know God’s will in this matter? How do I know for sure which direction I should take?” Sometimes it is a timing issue. The individual understands what God’s will is but doesn’t seem to know whether or not it’s the right time to move forward.
If God planned you before the world began and developed a plan for your life, do you think He would make it hard for you to find His will?

Some people think that the will of God is like an invisible door you’ve got to find. And God is standing behind it, and when you walk past it God says, “Ha, ha, you missed it. Too bad for you.” Fortunately that’s not the way it works.

God brought me to a conclusion about this many years ago and this is what it comes down to: why would God want us to know His will and then turn around and make it so difficult for us to find? My conclusion is this: He doesn’t. His will for our lives is not as much a mystery as we make it out to be. In fact, we usually know exactly what He wants us to do, what our purpose is and when we need to move forward. But the truth is, we don’t really like the answer He Has given us. We don’t appreciate the assignment He has given to us. So we keep asking, over and over, hoping for a different answer. There is a prerequisite for knowing the will of God; and it’s this – being willing to do it; faith and action – God does not say to you, “I’ll show you my will and then I’d like you to decide if you’d like to do it. If it’s OK with you.” God does not reveal His will so that you can speculate on it, so that you can think about it, or so you can ask all of your friends what they think and then take a vote on it. God reveals His will to people who are committed to do it no matter what it is.

We really need to understand that in order to know God’s will, we must go to Him to find out what it is. Nothing wrong with talking to your pastor, talking to a friend who has some insight or reading some books. But don’t forget the most important principle here is that we go to the source. If I want to learn about firetrucks I should go to the local fire department and ask some questions. If I want to learn how to speak another language the best thing to do is to go live in the country where that language is being spoken and immerse myself in it. Where I am completely surrounded by it. So if I want to know God’s will I need to go to the source — God himself. But that is often the last place we go.

One reason we have been given access to divine wisdom and insight through the scriptures is so that we might be able to understand the mystery of His will.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
2Peter 3:9

The work of salvation rests upon the will of God, and not upon the will of man;
SALVATION HINGES UPON THE WILL OF GOD, AND NOT UPON THE WILL OF MAN.
“It is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy;” by which is clearly meant that the reason why any man is saved is not because he wills it, but because God willed, according to that other passage, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” The whole scheme of salvation, we aver, from the first to the last, hinges and turns, and is dependant upon the absolute will of God, and not upon the will of the creature.

He created as it pleased him; he made them as he chose; the potter exercised power over his clay to make his vessels as he willed, and to make them for what purposes he pleased. Think you that he has abdicated the throne of grace? Does he reign in creation and not in grace? Is he absolute king over nature and not over the greater works of the new nature? Is he Lord over the things which his hand made at first, and not King over the great regeneration, the new-making wherein he maketh all things new?

In studying the Scriptures we learn that “predestination” has to do with God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus, that the Holy Spirit refers to those associated doctrines as “the mystery of God’s will,” and that all have to do with the fullness of Christ, the One Body.

“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.” Ephesians 1:11.

“GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE.”
Then God’s will in His eternal purpose should no longer be a mystery, that is, a secret. If God has made known His precious, glorious secret, which He purposed for us in Christ before the foundation of the world, why should any child of God be ignorant concerning the mystery of God’s will?

“BUT WE SPEAK THE WISDOM OF GOD IN A MYSTERY, EVEN THE HIDDEN WISDOM, WHICH GOD ORDAINED BEFORE THE WORLD UNTO OUR GLORY: WHICH NONE OF THE PRINCES OF THIS WORLD KNEW: FOR HAD THEY KNOWN IT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CRUCIFIED THE LORD OF GLORY.”
1Corinthians 2:7

He has released us from our sins by His blood. That’s what the word “redemption” means. You’ve been released from your sins. That payment is described by the phrase “through His blood”.
It was not the life of Christ which was substitutionary or redemptive. It was Christ’s death that was redemptive. And not just any death will do. If Christ was poisoned or strangled would that have provided redemption? I don’t think so! The death had to be by the shedding of blood because without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews). Further, it couldn’t be just any old blood, it had to be clean, precious blood. The blood of bulls and goats merely covered sin temporarily, it did not take away sin. The blood of Christ actually took away sin. Further, this blood had to be the blood of the God-man and not a supernaturally created man with clean blood because then that man would receive all the glory of redemption, and God is the only one who deserves honor and praise. It is for this reason that God had to provide Himself as the sacrifice. The God-man is the savior of the world and God receives all the glory. Therefore “through His blood” = the payment was Jesus’ Christ’s blood. Every aspect of salvation was provided in Christ’s sacrificial death.

The phrase “the forgiveness of sins” stands in apposition to the redemption and therefore further defines it. What did redemption accomplish? It accomplished “the forgiveness of sins”. To be redeemed means your sins have been sent away. Your sins have been forgiven. The word for forgiven means “sent away” or “released” as a prisoner is set free.

This mystery is no incomprehensible mystery as taught in the ancient religions, reserved only for a select few. Nor is it a vague teaching, antithetical to propositional truth as many contemporary Christian movements want to make it. Instead, biblical mystery is something hidden from natural humanity, yet God has fully revealed it. It is an open secret that sinful humanity cannot see. It is a truth that God must reveal to individuals. This has great implications for evangelism. The gospel is comprehensible to anyone, no matter their intellect, as long as God reveals it to them, this is the work of the Holy Spirit who opens the eyes of men and women to the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. Faith is not opposed to reason, but reason alone cannot bring someone to God. The mind of a person, at its best, is inadequate; God must bring them to this truth. All desperately need His grace.

Everything that God does is towards His vision (the end result). We find ourselves at a certain time in history (His story), but His vision has been declared from the very beginning, before the world began. God’s vision is also referred to as God’s will, God’s plan and purpose, God’s counsel, God’s pleasure or the wisdom of God.
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose,
Isaiah 46:10 (AMP)
From the beginning, God intended for man to see His Vision and understand His purpose, but when man sinned and his eyes were “opened” to good and evil (Death), his eyes were “blinded” to God’s vision (Life). As the man and the woman ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they exchanged God’s wisdom for the wisdom of the world, God’s vision for no vision, life for death.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 3:5-6 (KJV)
All throughout history man was oblivious to God’s vision. The prophets caught glimpses of it, but still it remained hidden. The twelve hand-picked disciples initially failed to grasp it. God’s vision had to remain hidden until it was fulfilled. If the mystery was not hidden, then the whole plan and purpose of God would have been in jeopardy. If this secret had been revealed prematurely it could have derailed the greatest event in human history and Jesus would not have been crucified. Praise God that it remained hidden and God’s Vision was fulfilled on the cross.

After the work of the cross was completed and God’s vision was fulfilled, it was time for the revelation of the age old mystery. Eyes that had been opened by the legalistic knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong had to be blinded and eyes which where blind to God’s vision had to be opened.

When God called Saul, a Pharisee who was rooted in the law (good and evil, right and wrong), He first blinded him (with the Light from Heaven) on the road to Damascus and then restored new sight to him through Ananias before sending him (Paul) to the gentiles…
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Acts 26:18 (KJV)
Paul was called to reveal the mystery by opening the “blind eyes”.
Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him.
Ephesians 1:9 (AMP)
Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Ephesians 3:5 (KJV)
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Ephesians 3:9-10 KJV)
The message which Paul proclaimed was nothing other than God’s original plan and purpose.
Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Romans 16:25-26 (KJV)

“Father, thy will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.” As sinners, humbly stoop to drink of the flowing crystal which streams from the sacred fountain which Jesus opened for his people; let it be said in heaven, “God’s will is done; hallelujah, hallelujah!” “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy;” yet ” Whosoever will let him come and take the water of life freely.”

SHALOM!

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