Have you ever wondered what God’s will is? I have.
In the Bible, Paul tells the Ephesians in a letter he writes to them. I highlighted the following selection taken from the first part of his letter. The beautiful will of God is expressed throughout.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Here is what I discovered. God willed to:
- bless us with every spiritual blessing
- choose us in Him
- make us holy before Him
- make us blameless in His eyes
- love us
- adopt us
- be kind to us
- bestow grace on us
- redeem us
- forgive us
- grant us wisdom and insight
- unite us in Christ
- give us an inheritance
- give us truth
- save us
- have us believe
- seal us in Him
- have us bring Him praise and glory
God decided all of this before he even made the world and then when the time was right revealed to us the mystery of His will!