So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Ephesians 1:6-10
Paul from the text expressed the glorious blessing when a person comes to know Christ as Lord and Savior. The blessing is nothing compared to any riches we could have in this world. As soon as we come to surrender our lives to Christ, eternity already began. God has carried us to a place where we are no longer taken captive by the power of sin for He brought to us freedom through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. This is what Paul refers to as mystery but now revealed through the coming of Christ. This mystery was revealed only to those who are willing to receive the forgiveness that Christ provides. It must be accepted only in His terms. Though we do not deserve it, God provided us favor upon favor and in His time, “he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.” God is determined to carry out the plan that He established before Creation. God discloses very little of His unwavering will to mankind. From His word, we are told of events He has disclosed, such as Christ’s return and the judgment to come. (Revelation 19:11; 20:11-15) But the more we draw closer to Him and gain knowledge that comes from our daily walk with Him and Bible reading, the more we come to understand His working. “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given” (Mark 4:24-25). God’s definitive goal for those who call on Him as their Lord and Savior is to become an expression of His glory. He accomplishes this by setting us apart as He work through us so that in the end, we will be found blameless. “God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes” (Ephesians 1:4). What are your cherished thoughts? What gives you the greatest joy? It is His will that we grow in godliness. “God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
Noel De Guzman