The Power of Grace Ministries

January 28

The mystery of God’s will is really not a mystery, it’s just hidden from the carnal mind. There is a reason Jesus told us in John 14, 15, & 16, that He will send us the Helper which is the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit our carnal minds will always gravitate into the Law thinking instead of living in the power of His grace. 

Ephesians 1:9-10
9,”having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him.” 

The mystery of God’s will is that His plan from the beginning was that all mankind have the opportunity to come to Him, not just His chosen people, the Jews.  Don’t forget that the Law of Moses did not come to the Jewish people until nearly five hundred years after the time God promised Abraham that through his seed all the nations would be blessed.  The just cessation of the fullness of times simply means that our salvation through Christ came at the correct time God chose to come. All people can be traced back to the beginning of Adam and Eve, but in God’s wisdom He chose one people to bring the messiah through. God chose the children of Israel according to His promise to Abraham. This was done so that at least these people would be looking toward God.  The entire Law of Moses and all of the prophets of old were for a single purpose; to keep the children of Israel looking toward what we have today. Today we have the opportunity of walking in the fullness of God and a personal relationship with Him. 

We know by reading 1 Thessalonians 4 & 1 Corinthians 14,  that at Jesus’ second coming both the dead and those still alive who believe in Him will be brought together up to heaven. Many people reading verse 10 will think this is the only meaning of this verse; God bringing all people before Him on the Judgment Seat.  True we all will be brought together as one in Christ at the sounding of the last trumpet, both those alive and those who have died while in Christ. There is a deeper truth to this verse that is equally as important to all who are alive and not born Jewish, as well as, to the Jewish Christians. God chose Abram, who is the father of both Isaac, the children of Israel (the Jews), and the children of Ishmael.  According to Genesis 21:12, the blessings of God will come through Isaac, to all the nations of the world.  Until the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Jewish people were the only ones chosen to receive God’s blessings.  All of the promises of God were delivered to the children of Israel through Moses.  Jesus’ resurrection brought all who believe, both Jews and Greek into the kingdom of God as His children.  The dispensation of the fullness of time for God to bring together in one all things in Christ started 2000 years ago at the resurrection of Jesus. Christians have the God given right to receive all of the promises and blessings given to the children of Israel, today, because Jesus has fulfilled all of the requirements of God and made all of us “one” people in Him.  In this truth is the mystery of His will, God’s desire for us to have a pure relationship with Him.