So, where can we go to gain an understanding of God’s Eternal Purpose? I believe that the clearest revelation of his purpose is in Ephesians 1. 9-10.  I’ve classified three aspects of God’s Eternal Purpose from Paul’s description in verses 9-10. They are:

1) God’s Eternal Purpose Has Been Revealed

2) God’s Eternal Purpose is in Christ

3) God’s Eternal Purpose has a future consumation in the Marriage of Heaven and Earth

For this blog post, we will explore point one:

God’s Eternal Purpose Has Been Revealed

Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians by listing the spiritual blessings that all believers share. We have been chosen by God and adopted into his family. We have been bought out of the slavery of sin. We have an inheritance. We are sealed, guaranteed to gain our inheritance, by the Holy Spirit. In verses 9-10 he names another spiritual blessing: the blessing of revelation.

…making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

It’s interesting to look at this blessing as compared to the others. It’s easy to see how being chosen by God and adopted into his family are blessings. To be a son or daughter of God! To be loved by God as his child! To have the perfect Father who is above all things and has our best  at heart! That is a blessing. What about redemption? To be bought from the slave market of sin? To be free from the sick cycle of evil that we humans find ourselves in? To find a new master? A loving master that gives grace for our weakness rather than exploiting it? These are obviously wonderful blessings!

But the one I want to focus on is different. This blessing has to do with knowledge. God has revealed to us a mystery. In the New Testament, “mysteries” are usually things that were hidden in the past but have now been revealed to his children. So it is here. At first glance, one might think this isn’t so great a blessing, or that it pales compared to the others.

One would be wrong! God has given us “the Answer”! He has revealed to us what he is doing in the world! There are two simple observations I want to make from the mere fact that God has revealed his purpose to us.

It’s Knowable

If you ask the question, “What’s the meaning of life?” to the average person, they’ll think you’re joking. It’s the ultimate question! The question for the ages! People spend their entire lives looking for this answer. There was a Monty Python movie called The Meaning of Life which satirized the search. The world tells us, “You can’t know the meaning of life. It’s a mystery, and it will stay that way.”

But the world is wrong. It’s not so complex that we can’t comprehend it. No, in fact, it’s quite simple. Sadly, even most Christians don’t even know the answer.

You don’t have to search for it

Here’s a second observation. Not only is God’s purpose in the world knowable, you don’t have to search for it. You won’t find the answer in philosophy and speculation—God has revealed his purpose to us. It’s been made known. Isn’t that a great truth?  The mystery of the universe has been made known to us! We don’t have to wonder, to speculate, to fear, to question; God has revealed his purpose to us! The only way to discover the “meaning of life” is through the revelation of it provided in God’s word.

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