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Ephesians Devotional—Week One, Day Three (12/2/09)

Ephesians 1:9-12

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, {10} to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. {11} In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, {12} in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

This is the first of six times Paul the apostle will use the word mystery in Ephesians. Its basic meaning is “something previously hidden or unknown, but now revealed by God.”

God has shown us what He is doing! He has let us in on this great truth—that all of human history is headed in one single direction, the ultimate and complete reign of His Son over all that has been made. Read the newspaper with this in view: the Lord will use every detail or event toward the fulfillment of His eternal purpose. Our lives have important and real meaning because of this fact.

There is a plan! It is God’s plan, and those who are in Christ are going to be part of it. God has predetermined it. The final result will bring His glory into focus, and all will praise God for it.

In the Bible, the great timeframe during which these things happen is called the day of the LORD. The day of man will have come to a close; the day of the LORD will have begun.

  1. What are the advantages of knowing what God has in mind for the earth and the universe?
  2. How does this knowledge affect your thinking or plans concerning your life and future? Be as specific as you can.
  3. Using a Bible dictionary, look up the word “hope.” What is the meaning of Biblical hope?
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