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Full reading: Ephesians 1
9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
We have seen, undeniably, God’s election and predestination of His people. This truth is inescapable in Ephesians 1. We see here in v. 9 of Ephesians 1 something particularly special. We have a great blessing of assurance here. Allow me to explain.
The objection is often raised by those who oppose this doctrine, that we cannot know if we are chosen by God. We have seen throughout these devotions that those who by faith believe in the risen Christ and the work He has accomplished are those who are chosen by God. If you have faith in Christ, you are one of God’s people. Yet, some will still object. Paul anticipates this objection here in v. 9. Paul knew some would object to God’s mercy and grace in this way, and so Paul gives us this statement. God makes known to us the mystery of His will. “His will” here is referring to His will in election which Paul has been talking about since v. 3. God has revealed to us, individually, His will in election. If you have faith in Christ, Paul is teaching here that this is the revelation of God’s will for you as one of His people.
Further, Paul continues to defend the reason for this election. He reiterates that this election, and the revelation of this election, are all according to God’s purpose, which is for His glory. This purpose He has set forth in Christ. Don’t miss this, beloved. The purpose of God in the salvation of His people, the mystery of His election of His people to faith, is set forth in Christ. Christ’s purpose is this. The very reason Jesus came down from Heaven and became man was to secure this salvation. Jesus died on the Cross for the purpose of securing the election that God decreed before the foundation of the world. This salvation is revealed in Christ, and this salvation is secured in Christ, because this is Christ’s purpose in becoming flesh, living a perfect life, dying on a cross, and rising from the dead. This has been the plan from the beginning. This election before the foundation of the world goes hand-in-hand with the purpose of Christ.
The Gospel is God’s plan for His own glory in the salvation of His people before the foundation of the world. There is no plan-B with God. Rest in this assurance today, friends. Praise God for His glorious grace in salvation. Know that your faith is not your own. Faith that is your own can and will fail. Faith that is from God can never fail. Your redemption is sure today if you have faith in Christ alone for your salvation.
Keep reading the Word. The testimony of the Holy Spirit through the reading of the Word is promised to be a blessing to you.