His Mysterious and Awesome Plan!

His Mysterious and Awesome Plan!

Featured imageEphesians 1:3-14

May you realize the grace of God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, the grace that reveals you are what they desired, as from before time, the manger and the cross became their plan in action!

18 times…. One Thought 

Eighteen times in the course of eleven verses, the plan of God is either mentioned directly or indirectly or the plan itself is simply reveled.

In these beginning verses of Ephesians, we are told over and over about this plan of God.

Paul wants to make sure the church in Ephesus knows that God’s mysterious plan, this awesome desire of His is made clear, that it is full revealed.

The Holy Spirit didn’t stop there, as this plan from before the foundation of world was executed, as it was completed.  As we, nearly 20 centuries later, see what God has planed and did impact our lives.

Right now, God’s plan is being revealed, and it is revealed in our lives..

18 times Paul mentions the plan….

It is that important to understand that plan for us…

Is real.

Is now….

…….And it defines who we are…..

The Amazing Plan….

We see the plan revealed with these words,

who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ

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.

this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you.

The apostle Paul is explaining the reason for the manger, for the cross, for the baptismal font, for the altar from which we receive the feast of all feasts, the Lord’s Supper.

This purpose, this plan, was to reconcile everything to God the Father, as it was united to Jesus.

Paul will use the gardening/farming illustration of grafting us to Christ, of binding us to Him, for He is the source of our life.

He will use the banking illustration of reconciling us to Christ, and of redeeming us from the debt owed.  Everything we are, moved from a liability to an asset in God’s balance book.

He will talk of freeing us, and declaring us justified/righteous, judicial terms, and the medical concept of quickening – the bringing back to life.  God uses the image of the travel agent even, delivering His people into the land of milk and honey, the image looking toward the day Paul mentions in Colossians,

If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 3  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4  When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 (NAB)

 This is all why this exists, this plan of God to make for Himself a people, the masterpiece he will mention in chapter 2, verse 10.

A plan which no one could really understand prior to the cross, a mystery because no one could have understood that all this would be accomplished through a cross, through the violent death of God, as we killed Jesus, as God the Father raised Him from the dead.

The Amazing Reason….

If the plan for our deliverance, for our salvation, a plan put into place before the garden of Eden and is incredible and praiseworthy and glorious, there is a comment about this plan that is more astonishing.

It is mentioned a number of times as well…. The idea of bringing us home, of making us in Christ Jesus His children, is that this is His desire, this is what brings God, our creator great pleasure.

This is God’s goal for creation, it has been what the Trinity has determined to be their plan since the beginning.  God desired to adopt you Bob, and you Ben, you Carol, and you Julie.

If God had a facebook account with pictures of His kids….it would include you!

That may sound silly, (or it might cause some great concern – He’d have the most embarrassing pictures ever!)

But you are God’s adopted kids, a process that He takes the greatest joy in….

You are His, and you are the one He wanted….

Hear that again… all of this… all of Christmas….all of the symbolism, all of the decorations, all of advent and lent, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost… it’s all about one thing….

God desire to make us His children, and doing what it took to make it so….

Our Reaction

That’s why this passage from Ephesians is called a doxology – an ancient song of praise.

Because God has desired this, because He has done this.

He’s made us His!

He has blessed us in a way we know is promised, and occasionally we get a glimpse of, like when someone is brought into the family of God, whether as an infant, or as someone in their 90’s.

We are amazed at such love, and we have to delight in it – we have to praise Him directly and to others… it is the reaction that comes from knowing such great love!

It is why this is all here as well – to testify, to proclaim that this love is for every person that has lived – and celebrated, for those who are living now – to come and pray here, a place for this incredible, glorious plan of God to be revealed to them, for His desire to be His children to be made known.

For all the people who live with 20 miles of this place to know the height and depth, breadth and width of God’s love, for them to rejoice and praise Him, for them to dwell in the peace we know…. For in Christ, we live in that peace, awaiting the day of His return…with Him.

AMEN?

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About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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